In addition to being named the Best Ocean Cruise Line, Viking River Cruises was also voted one of the World’s Best River Cruise Lines for the sixth straight year.
Now coming on the heels of the launch of two new Viking Longships on the rivers and its third ocean ship, Viking Sky, this year’s awards reinforce Viking’s position as a formidable industry leader. Travel + Leisure’s World’s Best Awards are based on results from an annual survey, where readers are asked to cast their votes for the very best in cruising with considerations in the following cruise features: cabins/facilities, food, service itineraries/destinations, excursions/activities and value. Viking will also be featured in the magazine’s World’s Best issue, which will be on shelves in July.
Since launching in 2015, Viking’s ocean cruises have been on a winning streak, quickly amassing industry awards from many publications.
Quickly-expanding Viking will welcome three more sister ships in the next three years, and by 2019 it will be the largest small ship ocean cruise line. Two additional ships are also on order for delivery in 2021 and 2022.
Torstein Hagen, Chairman of Viking Cruises, gave the following statement: “We did not set out to be the world’s best luxury cruise line; we set out to be the world’s best travel experience, with the best value for guests on rivers and oceans. In doing so, we have become as much known for what we are as what we are not. We offer a travel experience with no casino, no children, no umbrella drinks and no nickel-and-diming.
To us, luxury is not butlers in white gloves, formal nights and frivolous gimmicks; to us, luxury is personalized service, serene spaces and comfortable exploration. We offer understated luxury: everything you need and nothing you don’t, for a better value than any other cruise line. We want to thank our guests and the readers of Travel + Leisure for this great honor and for embracing the Viking way of travel.”
Viking’s motto is that they are not going to charge to take you to a destination, and then charge you again to see it. They offer one complimentary shore excursion in every port of call. In addition to the complimentary shore excursions, the following is included in all cruise fares:
- All specialty restaurants
- Full room service menu available 24/7
- Most drinks during meals
- Unlimited Wi-Fi
- Thermal Suite that includes a snow grotto
- Specialty coffees
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