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Travel + Leisure names Viking ‘world’s best’

For the fourth consecutive year, Travel + Leisure (US) readers have voted Viking to the top of its categories in the 2019 World’s Best Awards.

Viking was named the #1 Ocean Cruise Line for ships carrying 600-2,199 guests and one of the World’s Best River Cruise Lines. Since the launch of Viking’s ocean cruises in 2015, the company has been named a #1 Ocean Cruise Line every single year. Viking has also been voted a World’s Best River Cruise Line every year since the award’s inception in 2010.

Travel + Leisure is the largest travel magazine brand in the US and since 1995 its readers have been asked to cast their votes for the World’s Best in cruising with considerations in the following cruise features: cabins/facilities, food, service itineraries/destinations, excursions/activities and value.

“It is an unprecedented honor for a four-year-old ocean cruise line to be voted the world’s #1 ocean cruise line four years in a row,” said Torstein Hagen, Chairman of Viking. “When we set out to reinvent ocean cruising, we knew travellers wanted something different and were interested in our destination-focused approach. We are pleased with the positive response from the travel industry and our guests. Thank you once again to the readers of Travel + Leisure for this prestigious award.”

The announcement from Travel + Leisure adds to an impressive list of global accolades for Viking. Earlier this year, the company’s first five 930-guest sister ships, Viking Star, Viking Sea, Viking Sky, Viking Sun and Viking Orion dominated the Cruise Critic 9th Annual Cruisers’ Choice Awards (US), receiving 11 First Place honors. All six of Viking’s ships have been awarded a top rating of five stars by Cruise Critic – and Viking also received five awards in the luxury ocean and river categories of Cruise Critic’s 2018 Editors’ Picks Awards (US). Viking was again named the #1 River Cruise Line by Condé Nast Traveler in the publication’s 2018 Readers’ Choice Awards – and has also been honored as “Best Cruise Line for Luxury Ocean Cruises” and “Best Luxury River Cruise Company” in Luxury Travel Advisor magazine’s 2018 “Awards of Excellence” for a second consecutive year.

The full results of the awards can be found at

For additional information, contact Viking Cruises at 138 747 (AU) or 0800 447 913 (New Zealand) or visit

About Viking Cruises

Viking was founded in 1997 with the purchase of four ships in Russia. Designed for discerning travelers with interests in science, history, culture and cuisine, Chairman Torstein Hagen often says Viking offers guests “the thinking person’s cruise” as an alternative to mainstream cruises. In its first three years of operation, Viking has been rated the #1 ocean cruise line in Travel + Leisure’s 2016, 2017, 2018 and 2019 “World’s Best” Awards. Viking currently operates a fleet of 78 vessels, offering scenic cruising on rivers and oceans around the world. In addition to the Travel + Leisure honours, Viking has also been honoured multiple times on Condé Nast Traveler’s “Gold List” as well as recognised by Cruise Critic as “Best Overall” Small-Mid size ship in the 2018 Cruisers’ Choice Awards (US), “Best River Cruise Line” and “Best River Itineraries,” with the entire Viking Longships fleet being named “Best New River Ships” in the website’s Editors’ Picks Awards (US).

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