Condé Nast Traveler

Readers’ Choice Awards — 2022, 2021, 2020, 2019, 2018, 2017, 2016

In 2022 Viking was named both the #1 Ocean Line and the #1 River Line in Condé Nast Traveler’s annual Readers’ Choice Awards. This is the second year in a row that Viking has scored higher than all other cruise lines in both of these categories.

Viking is also immensely proud to have been recognized every single year since the launch of our ocean voyages in 2015.

Travel + Leisure

World’s Best Awards — 2022, 2021, 2020, 2019, 2018, 2017, 2016

In 2022, Viking was named both the #1 Ocean Line and the #1 River Line in the 2022 Travel + Leisure World’s Best Awards, reinforcing Viking’s position as a formidable industry leader.

Viking was also recognized as the #1 Ocean Cruise Line from 2016 to 2020, overtaking the spot previously held by a luxury cruise line for 20 years. Viking is immensely proud to be recognized every single year since the launch of Viking’s ocean cruises in 2015.

Cruise Critic

Cruisers’ Choice Awards — 2023, 2019, 2018, 2017, 2016

In 2023, the Viking fleet swept the 11th Annual Cruise Critic Cruisers’ Choice Awards earning six first-place awards including Best Overall Line (Small Ship Category). Viking’s ocean and expedition voyages also took First and Second Place, respectively, across two other categories: Best Cabinsand Best Value for Money.Viking’s expedition voyages took First Place in Best Dining, followed in Second Place by the company’s ocean voyages. Additionally, Viking’s ocean voyages were named the Best for First-Timers. The Cruisers’ Choice Awards name the best cruise lines in the world, based solely on ratings submitted with member reviews published on the Cruise Critic website.

Cruise Critic

Editors’ Picks Awards — 2019, 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015

In 2019, the international team of Cruise Critic editors awarded more honors to Viking than any other cruise line. Viking once again led the luxury ocean cruise category with three prestigious awards—including “Best Luxury Value for Money,” “Best Spa,” and “Best Enrichment.” Cruise Critic notes that on top of fare inclusions, “Viking cruisers benefit from smartly designed cabins; gorgeous top-deck, all-weather hangouts; and destination-intensive itineraries.”

Cruise Critic editors have honored Viking ocean cruises every year since the debut of our first ship, Viking Star, in 2015. That year Viking Star was named the “Best New Ocean Ship,” with editors noting, “The ship is so beautifully designed—with terrific al fresco restaurants, a beautiful pool area, a superb spa and the two-level Explorers’ observation lounge—that you’ll be hard-pressed to go ashore.”


America's Best Customer Service — 2023, 2022, 2021

For the third consecutive year, Viking is honored to have been named #1 for “Best Customer Service for Cruise Operators” by Newsweek Magazine. The award highlights brands that provide the best customer service in areas such as “quality of communications, professional competence, range of services, customer focus and accessibility.”

Additionally, in 2022 and 2021, Viking earned the highest score within the overall transportation and travel industry category outranking dozens of other travel suppliers.

Cruise Critic


For every Viking ship they have reviewed —Viking Venus(2021), Viking Jupiter (2019), Viking Orion(2018), Viking Sky(2017), Viking Sea(2016) and Viking Star(2015)—Cruise Critic’s team of expert editors has awarded their highest rating: 5 stars. They stated that Viking Sea “is a stunning vessel that seamlessly integrates comfort and modern, Scandinavian style. The ship's small size means it rarely feels busy and is able to get into ports bigger ships can't reach.” About Viking Star they noted her to be “one of cruising's most beautiful small ships.”

Cruise Critic

Cruisers’ Choice Destination Awards — 2019, 2018

For the second consecutive year, Viking was honored as the Best Baltic & Scandinavian Cruise Line as well as Best British Isles & Western Europe Cruise Line. In 2018, Viking was also honored as Best Western Caribbean & Riviera Maya Cruise Line as well as Best Western Mediterranean Cruise Line.

U.S. News & World Report

Best Luxury Cruise Line — 2022

In 2022 Viking was named Best Luxury Cruise Line by U.S. News & World Report. Viking is honored to top this esteemed list and be recognized for its fleet of small ships, destination-focused itineraries and emphasis on cultural enrichment. 

World’s Greatest Places — 2018

Viking Orion was named one of the World’s Best Places to Stay for 2018. Highlighting an “out-of-this-world experience”, TIME praises Viking Orion’s onboard planetarium (the most advanced on an ocean ship) as well as onboard lectures on astronomy and space exploration led by resident astronomer Howard Parkin.


Travelers’ Choice Awards — 2020, 2018

Viking received two first place honors in the 2020 AFAR Travelers’ Choice Awards. Named “Best Mediterranean Cruise Line” and “Best Caribbean Cruise Line,” Viking was chosen for its elegant, small-ship design, culturally rich experiences and picturesque itineraries.

#1 Ship — 2017, 2016

In its Cruising & Cruise Ships 2017 edition, Berlitz rated Viking Sea first in her category, noting her “many elegant touches” and “excellent inclusive value.” This year, Viking Star, which was rated highest in her category in 2016, earned second place behind her sister ship Viking Sea

USA Today

10 Best Readers’ Choice Awards — 7 years of recognition

In 2022, Viking was once again named the “Best Ocean Line” in USA Today's 10Best Reader's Choice Awards. Viking was also named “Best Small Ship” in 2021 with Viking Orion taking the #1 position and Viking Sky and Viking Sea following suit respectively for 2020 and 2019. In 2020, Viking was also named “Best Ocean Line”, beating ships of all sizes, and earned first and second placements for “Best Dining.” Nominated by a panel of travel experts and voted on by travelers, Viking was recognized for its “destination-focused itineraries,” “top-notch service,” and well-appointed, all-veranda staterooms.

The Points Guy

Readers’ Choice Awards — 2021, 2020

In 2021, readers of The Points Guy, a website dedicated to honoring excellence in the travel industry, named Viking “Best Small-Ship Cruise Line” for the second year in a row, highlighting the destination-focused itineraries and upscale ship design. In 2020, Viking was also recognized as the “Best Small Ship Cruise Line” for both our Ocean and River cruises.

Town & Country

Cruise Awards — 2017, 2016

Viking received two honors in the 2017 Town & Country Cruise Awards. Viking Star, Viking Sea, Viking Sky and Viking Sun were recognized in the “Best Aboard” category stating “the spas on all four ships are the most beautiful at sea”. Viking was also recognized in “Best Sports Marinas” for its destinations.

In the 2016 Town & Country Cruise Awards, Viking Star and Viking Sea were awarded “Best Overall Contemporary Luxury Cruise Line” and “Best for Design Contemporary Luxury Cruise Line.” Town & Country comments, “The Viking ocean design philosophy holds that ships should be elegant and comfortable and never overwhelm the real purpose of cruising: to see the world.”

Luxury Travel Advisor

Awards of Excellence — 2019, 2018, 2017

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 Ocean Cruise Company (for the third time) and Best Luxury River Cruise Company (for the sixth time).


Readers’ Choice Awards — 2020, 2019, 2018

For the third consecutive
year, Recommend magazine awarded Viking “Best Luxury Ocean Cruise Line” as well as “Best Mid-Size Ship” in its annual Readers’ Choice Awards.

Best In Travel — 2017

Viking was named “Best Ocean Cruise Line” in its class by Money magazine for exceeding expectations in cost, cleanliness, customer satisfaction and overall value.

Cruise Fever

Fan Awards — 2017

Cruise Fever fans named Viking “Best Luxury Cruise Line” in the 2017 Cruise Fever Fan Awards.

Fodor’s Travel

World’s Best Cruises — 2016

Viking was honored to be named one of Fodor’s Travel “World’s Best Cruises for 2016.” 
Fodor’s Travel recognized Viking Star and Viking Sea for the “infinity pool off the stern, Snow Grotto spa room, luminous Wintergarden tearoom and all-balcony staterooms.”


Editor-In-Chief Awards — 2016

Viking Star was named for the first time as “Best New Breakout Ship” in the annual Porthole Cruise Editor-in-Chief Awards.


Readers’ Choice Awards — 2015

Viking Star was honored for the first time as “Best Medium-Sized Ship” (500-2,000 guests) in the 17th annual Porthole Cruise Magazine Readers’ Choice Awards.

Best Of The Year Awards — 2015

The preeminent design competition – hosted by the industry-leading publication – celebrates superior interior design projects and products. Viking Star was honored in the 2015 edition, with the Living Room, Wintergarden and Explorers’ Lounge receiving special nods for their unique and stunning design.

Architectural Digest

Best New Luxury Cruises — 2015

In a roundup of the most luxurious and design-forward vessels sailing today, Viking Star took top billing.

Travel Channel

Best Mediterranean Cruise — 2015

Rated among its best cruises of 2015, the Travel Channel honored Viking with “Best Mediterranean Cruise.” The cable network also recognized Viking for “living up to the reputation of its acclaimed sister line while offering perks all its own.”