In addition to being named the Best River Cruise Line, Viking was also named one of the Best Ocean Cruise Lines.
More than 715,000 readers submitted ratings and tens of thousands of comments as part of the 33rd annual Readers’ Choice Awards survey. Viking will also be featured in the November issue of Condé Nast Traveler US and UK print editions; the full results of the awards can be found at www.cntraveler.com/rca.
Today’s announcement from Condé Nast Traveler builds on the impressive list of recent accolades for Viking. Just recently, Viking’s enrichment channel, Viking.TV (www.viking.tv) – which launched at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic as a way to build community, stay connected and share positive experiences – won the “Breakthrough Award for Product Innovation” in the 2020 Silver Travel Awards.
And over the summer, Viking was named the #1 ocean cruise line for the fifth consecutive year in Travel + Leisure’s 2020 World’s Best Awards.
Torstein Hagen, Chairman of Viking, gave the following statement: “We are honored to be voted the #1 river cruise line and one of the best ocean cruise lines again this year. During this unusual time when many of us are staying at home, we are pleased that our guests continue to fondly recall their Viking voyages and have cast their votes for us. Thank you to our guests and the readers of Condé Nast Traveler for this honor; we look forward to welcoming you back to the familiar comfort of Viking.”
Viking continues to expand its award-winning fleet of river and ocean vessels. In 2021, the company will welcome new 168-guest Seine Ships and new 190-guest Viking Longships on its popular European river itineraries, as well as the new 80-guest Viking Saigon which is scheduled to debut on the popular Magnificent Mekong cruisetour.
Also next year, Viking’s seventh 930-guest ocean ship, Viking Venus is scheduled for debut and will join the award-winning ocean fleet of small ships which include Viking Star, Viking Sea, Viking Sky, Viking Sun, Viking Orion and Viking Jupiter.
Earlier this year, the company also announced Viking Expeditions, with two purpose-built 378-guest vessels, Viking Octantis and Viking Polaris, debuting in 2022 to sail voyages in the Arctic, Antarctica and North America’s Great Lakes.
Additionally in 2022, Viking will launch its highly anticipated U.S. river cruises, with the debut of the 386-guest Viking Mississippi, sailing between New Orleans and St. Paul.