Viking Dominates Cruise Critic's 2019 Cruisers' Choice Awards
Viking's fleet of five eligible ocean ships won the top placements in nearly every category in which they competed - a small to mid-sized ship that carries between 400-1,199 passengers. Viking Sky received First Place placements in six award categories within the small to mid-size ship group: Best Overall Ship, Best Cabins, Best Dining, Best for Public Rooms, Best Service and Best Value-for-Money. Viking Sky also beat ships of all sizes to receive a seventh First Place award as Best for First-Timers. Additionally, Viking Orion was awarded First Place as Best for Fitness & Recreation; Viking Sun was awarded First Place for Best Entertainment; and Viking Star was awarded First Place for Best Shore Excursions. Cruise Critic is the world's leading cruise reviews site and online cruise community, with more than 350,000 cruise reviews, covering approximately 700 cruise ships across the globe. The Cruisers' Choice Awards name the best cruise ships in the world, based solely on ratings submitted with member reviews published on the Cruise Critic website in the last 12 months.
What a humbling experience it is to be recognized with 56 awards from members of the Cruise Critic community - so many of whom are our longtime guests and some of the most experienced voices in the travel industry, said Torstein Hagen, Chairman of Viking Cruises. We have been sailing the waterways of the world for more than 20 years, but we are still relatively new to ocean cruising. We do things differently, and these awards demonstrate that our guests appreciate The Viking Difference. I would like to thank our guests, the Cruise Critic community and our entire Viking family, particularly our onboard colleagues, who make these awards possible.
In addition to the First Place wins, all of Viking's eligible ocean ships beat most competitors to take the Second, Third, Fourth and Fifth Places in many of the same categories, meaning Viking overwhelmingly commanded the upper half of the top 10 rankings across the board. Viking Sun, Viking Sea, Viking Star and Viking Orion took top places behind Viking Sky in five categories: Best Overall, Best Value, Best Service, Best Dining and Best Public Spaces. In Best Fitness & Recreation, Viking Sun, Viking Sea, Viking Star and Viking Sky took top places behind Viking Orion. And Viking's ocean ships took top 10 placements in all remaining eligible categories: Best Cabins, Best Shore Excursions, Best Entertainment and Best Embarkation.
Today's announcement from Cruise Critic adds to an impressive list of recent accolades for Viking. Most recently, Cruise Critic 2018 Editors' Picks Awards honored Viking with five awards in the luxury ocean and river categories. Though the category has historically been dominated by the traditional, formal cruise lines, Cruise Critic awarded Viking three prestigious luxury ocean awards - including Best Luxury Value for Money, Best Spa and the highly-coveted Best New Luxury Ship. The company was also recognized in two river categories: Best for First-Timers and Best Itineraries. In addition, Viking was again named the #1 River Cruise Line by Conde Nast Traveler in the publication's 2018 Readers' Choice Awards. In 2018, Travel + Leisure readers voted Viking to the top of its categories in the 2018 World's Best Awards, named the #1 Ocean Cruise Line for ships carrying 600-2,199 guests and one of the World's Best River Cruise Lines. Viking 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.