Our river cruise line is the most award-winning, and has been recognized multiple times by the travel and cruise industries.
Cruise Critic Editors’ Picks – 2012
Cruise Critic Editors chose the Viking Longships as the Best New River Ship in 2012. “The six new Viking Longships launched this year are identical, so all win for their sleek lines, stunning atrium, balcony cabins with full-sized verandahs, and hotel-style suites. The Aquavit Terrace, an indoor-outdoor casual eatery, is a dedicated alternative restaurant. And the ships are state-of-the-art when it comes to engineering, with hybrid engines, solar panels and even an organic herb garden.”
CruiseReport.com Editors' Choice Awards – 2012
CruiseReport.com released their 2012 Editors' Choice Awards and recognized Viking in two categories: "Best River Cruise Line" & "Best Way To See Russia."
Travel + Leisure World’s Best – 2012
Named “World’s Best River Cruise Line” in the Travel + Leisure 2012 World’s Best Awards readers’ survey, the 17th annual awards by this leading monthly travel publication. Also recognized in 2004, 2005, 2006, 2008, 2009, 2010 and 2011.
Travel Weekly Reader’s Choice Award – 2012
Named the “Best River Cruise Line” by readers of this prestigious industry publication seven years running. Won in 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2012.
Condé Nast Traveler’s Gold List – 2013
Ranked by readers of Conde Nast Traveler in the annual Gold List, Reader’s Choice and Best Small Ships lists. Also recognized in 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2012.
Recommend Readers’ Choice Award – 2012
Readers of Recommend have awarded Viking “Best River Cruise Line” in the magazine’s 2012 annual survey of its travel agent readers. Also won in 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010 and 2011.
British Travel Awards – 2012
Named the “Best River Cruise Line” in the 2012 British Travel Awards. Based on votes by tens of thousands of travel consumers, agents and industry professionals, the awards are considered the authority on travel industry performance in the U.K. Also recognized in 2009, 2010 and 2011.
TravelAge West WAVE Awards – 2012
Honored with 2012 WAVE Awards for “Best Overall Cruise Line for River Cruising” and “Best River Cruise Line for Travel Agent Support.” Also won in 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010 and 2011.
Cruise Critic Editors’ Pick – 2011
Cruise Critic Editors chose Viking as the Best River Cruise Line in 2011. “With a new emphasis on contemporary ship design and an aggressive revamping of its fleet, Viking becomes the best in the business.”
Seatrade Insider Cruise Awards – 2011
Recognized in 2011 with the inaugural River Cruise Innovation Award, presented to a company, organization or individual who has provided an exceptional service, or product or initiative in the river cruise sector.
World Travel Awards – 2011
This is the most prestigious, comprehensive and sought-after awards program in the global travel and tourism industry. Viking has been voted “World’s Leading River Cruise Operator” by 167,000 travel tourism and hospitality professionals across the globe. Viking was also voted “Europe’s Leading River Cruise Company” and
“North America’s Leading River Cruise Company” for 2011.
Also won in 2009 and 2010.
National Geographic’s The 10 Best of Everything
Viking’s Imperial Jewels of China as well as other itineraries in Europe, Russia, China and more, featured in National Geographic’s “The 10 Best of Everything: An Ultimate Guide for Travelers,” edited by noted author and world traveler Nathaniel Lande.
Luxury Travel Advisor Awards of Excellence – 2011
In 2011, Viking was awarded “Best Luxury River Cruise Company.” As stated by the magazine, “The awards bestow honor upon those individuals, destinations and travel companies that add true panache to the world of luxury travel.” Also won in 2009.
Cruise International Awards – 2011
Viking was named River Cruise Line of the Year in the inaugural 2011 Cruise International Awards. Cruise International, in association with Classic FM, the Spectator, Cruise Today and Discover Cruises, tabulated 180,000 votes cast by cruise passengers to determine the winners.
Cruise Critic U.K. Editors’ Picks – 2011
Viking has been named “Best River Cruise Line” for 2011 by Cruise Critic U.K. Editor’s Picks—for the second year in a row. Winners were selected by an international panel of cruise journalists, led by editor-in-chief Carolyn Spencer Brown, who collectively spent thousands of days at sea.
Porthole Cruise Magazine Readers’ Choice – 2011
Viking was honored as “Best River Cruise” line in the 13th annual Porthole Cruise Magazine Readers’ Choice Awards. Porthole Cruise Magazine features travel and cruise tips and insights for savvy travelers—and their travel agents—worldwide. Also won this honor in 2008 and 2010.
Budget Travel Magazine Readers’ Choice – 2011
Readers of Arthur Frommer’s Budget Travel magazine have named Viking River Cruises as their “Favorite River Cruise Line” in the magazine’s November 2011 issue—thousands of subscribers cast their votes in the Reader’s Choice Awards to give Viking this honor. Also won in 2010.
Leisure Travel Leaders Awards – 2009
A total of 98,000 travel agents voted and Viking has been awarded “Best River Cruise Line.” This reflects the top preferences of the largest number of leisure-selling travel agents in the U.S. Won in 2007, 2008 and 2009.font/span>