Viking is celebrating after being voted the #1 Ocean Cruise Line in the Travel + Leisure “World’s Best” for the fifth year in a row.
For the fifth consecutive year, Travel + Leisure readers have voted Viking to the top of its categories in the 2020 World’s Best Awards, which were announced yesterday by the publication.
Viking was named the #1 Ocean Cruise Line for ships carrying 600 to 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.
The Travel + Leisure ‘World’s Best’ awards are considered amongst the most prestigious in the world. 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 honour to be voted a #1 ocean cruise line for a fifth consecutive year,” said Torstein Hagen, Chairman of Viking.
“While we may not be travelling together at this time, Viking remains focused on the future and continuing to expand our fleet with more award-winning ocean and river ships, as well as new expedition vessels. When the time is right, we look forward to welcoming our guests back to exploring the world in comfort. Thank you to our guests and readers of Travel + Leisure for this prestigious award.”
Torstein Hagen, Chairman of Viking
More to come
Today’s announcement follows the recent “float out” of the company’s seventh 930-guest ocean ship, Viking Venus – marking a major construction milestone and the first time that the new ship touched water. Scheduled to debut in early 2021, Viking Venus will spend her maiden season sailing itineraries in the Mediterranean and in Northern Europe and will join the award-winning ocean fleet of sister ships, which include Viking Star, Viking Sea, Viking Sky, Viking Sun, Viking Orion and Viking Jupiter.
Earlier this year, Viking announced it will launch 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. Also in 2022, Viking will launch its highly anticipated US river cruises, with the debut of the 386-guest Viking Mississippi, sailing between New Orleans and St. Paul.
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The full results of the 25th annual awards can be found here.
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