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Condé Nast Traveler

Readers’ Choice Awards — 16 years of recognition

In 2021, Viking was named both the #1 River Cruise Line and the #1 Ocean Cruise Line in Condé Nast Traveler’s annual Readers’ Choice Awards. This is the first time Viking has scored higher than all other cruise lines in both of these categories in the same year.

Viking is honored to have scored in the top of the list every year since the river category was introduced, including also being voted the #1 River Cruise Line in 2020, 2018 and 2017.

Travel + Leisure

World’s Best Awards — 17 years of recognition

Viking River Cruises has been recognized as the World’s Best by Travel + Leisure readers in the 2021 World’s Best Awards and has been recognized 17 times since 2004.

In 2015, Viking earned the highest score of all river and ocean cruise lines in the magazine’s annual World’s Best List. Viking was also named the #1 River Cruise Line on Travel + Leisure’s 2012 and 2015 World’s Best Lists.

Cruise Critic

Cruisers’ Choice Awards — 2019

In 2019, Viking was rated the #1 River Cruise Line in Cruise Critic’s Cruisers’ Choice Awards with Viking Vidar and Viking Lofn taking first and second place respectively. 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.

Cruise Critic

Editors’ Picks Awards — 9 years of recognition

For nine consecutive years Viking has been honored with awards including “Best River Cruise Line,” “Best New River Ships” for the Viking Longships, “Best River Cruise Itineraries,” “Best Enrichment,” “Best Shore Excursions,” and “Best for First-Timers.” Cruise Critic states, “In an expanding river market, Viking continues to reign.”

USA Today

10Best Readers’ Choice Awards — 6 Time Winner

For the sixth consecutive year, Viking was named “Best River Cruise Line” in USA Today’s 10Best Readers’ Choice Awards. Nominated by travel experts and voted on by travelers, Viking was recognized for its “all-inclusive cruises, outside staterooms, WiFi, wine and beer with meals, shore excursions in every port and signature Culture Curriculum program.”

Cruise Critic

Cruisers’ Choice Destination Awards — 2018

In 2018, Viking was rated one of the top European River Cruise Lines in Cruise Critic’s Cruisers’ Choice Destination Awards. The Cruisers’ Choice Destination Awards highlight the world’s best destinations and cruise lines, based solely on member reviews published on the Cruise Critic website.


Travelers’ Choice Awards — 2020, 2019, 2017

Viking was honored once again as the #1 river cruise line in AFAR magazine’s 2020 Travelers’ Choice Awards. Travelers chose Viking for its included daily cultural enrichment and destination-focused experiences.

The Points Guys

Readers’ Choice Awards — 2020

In 2020, readers of The Points Guy, a website dedicated to honoring excellence in the travel industry, named Viking “Best Small-Ship Cruise Line” highlighting the destination-focused itineraries and upscale ship design on both our River and Ocean cruises.

Town & Country

Cruise Awards — 2016

In the 2016 Town & Country Cruise Awards, Viking Longships were awarded “Best for Suites” and “Best for Design.” Town & Country editor remarked, “The simple Scandinavian design of Viking’s nearly 50 newly built Longships makes the best use of space we’ve seen.”

Cruise Fever

Fan Awards — 2017, 2016, 2015

Cruise Fever fans named Viking “Best River Cruise Line” for the third year in a row in the 2017 Cruise Fever Fan Awards.


Readers’ Choice Awards — 2016, 2013, 2011, 2010, 2008

Viking has been honored five times by Porthole Cruise Magazine readers, with awards including “Best River Cruise Line” and “Best River Ship.”

Editors’ Choice Awards — 2016, 2012, 2007, 2006 honored Viking River Cruises with “Best River Cruise Accommodations” in their 2016 Editors’ Choice Awards. Previously, Viking has been named “Best River Cruise Line” three times, and in 2012 was named “Best Way to See Russia.”

TravelAge West

Wave Awards — 11 Time Winner

Viking has now been named “Best River Cruise Line” eleven consecutive times (2006 to 2016) by this prestigious travel industry publication in their WAVE Awards.

Travel Weekly

Readers Choice Awards — 15 Time Winner

Viking has now been named “Best River Cruise Line” fifteen consecutive times (2006 to 2020) by this prestigious travel industry publication in its Readers Choice Awards. Viking Longship Tor and Viking Longship Magni were also awarded “Best River Cruise Ship” in 2015 and 2014, respectively.

Luxury Travel Advisor

Awards of Excellence — 6 Time Winner

In 2019, Viking was recognized for the third consecutive year as the first and only cruise line to win both rivers and oceans categories in the prestigious luxury trade awards: Best Luxury River Cruise Company (for the sixth time) and Best Luxury Ocean Cruise Company (for the third time).


Readers’ Choice Awards — 12 Time Winner

For the twelfth time since 2006, Recommend magazine awarded Viking “Best River Cruise Line” in its Readers’ Choice Awards.

Fodor’s Travel

World’s Best Cruises — 2016, 2015

Viking was honored on Fodor’s Travel 10 Best River Cruises for 2016, and in 2015 received the “World’s Best Cruises for 2015” award for its Legends of the Rhine.

Seatrade Cruise News

Cruise Awards — 2011 

The River Cruise Innovation Award was presented to Viking in 2011 for our innovative Viking Longships. This was the first award presented to “a company, organization or individual who has provided an exceptional service, or product or initiative in the river cruise sector.”

Money Magazine

Best in Travel — 2017

In search of the “Best Cruises for Your Money,” Money magazine named Viking River Cruises the “Best River Cruise Line” for providing “the greatest choice of waterways, ports, and cruising dates…” while also offering exceptional value.