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Viking Honored as Best Cruise Line for Luxury Ocean Cruises & Best Luxury River Cruise Company

Viking Remains Only Cruise Line to Win Both Oceans and Rivers Luxury Categories in
“Awards of Excellence”


Los Angeles (June 11, 2018) – Viking® ( today announced it has 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. Viking remains the only company recognized in both luxury ocean and river cruising categories by the Annual Awards of Excellence. The awards were presented during Luxury Travel Advisor’s ULTRA Summit on May 31 in Palm Beach, FL.


“It is a particular honor to receive two awards in one year from Luxury Travel Advisor readers and their clients,” said Torstein Hagen, Chairman of Viking. “It was our goal to reinvent ocean cruising, just as we did for modern river cruising. Therefore, to be the only cruise line to win Awards of Excellence in both the luxury ocean and luxury river cruise categories, now two years in a row, is a significant accomplishment. We want to thank all of our travel advisor partners who trust Viking to deliver the best ocean and river cruise experiences for their clients.”


Awards of Excellence winners are determined exclusively by readers of Luxury Travel Advisor magazine, who vote for nominees selected by an invitation-only advisory board made up of influential travel advisors. Travel industry nominees represent hotels, resorts, individuals, cruise lines and professional services that excel at delivering extraordinarily memorable experiences, considered to be a hallmark of the luxury travel industry.


“Each year we proudly recognize the suppliers that make clients’ travel experiences so unforgettable,” said Ruthanne Terrero, vice president of content and editorial director for Luxury Travel Advisor. “We congratulate all of our winners and nominees for continuing to demonstrate outstanding customer service delivery and exceeding client expectations.”


For more information on Viking’s award-winning history, visit the Awards page online here.


Booking Details

From now through June 30, 2018, Viking is offering U.S. residents 2-for-1 cruise fares on select 2018, 2019 and 2010 ocean and river cruise itineraries, with additional savings on international air. Call Viking toll free at 1-855-8-VIKING (1-855-884-5464) or contact a travel agent.



About Viking

Viking was founded in 1997 with the purchase of four ships in Russia and is now the leader in river and small ship ocean cruising. Designed for discerning travelers with interests in science, history, culture and cuisine, Chairman Torstein Hagen often says Viking offers guests “the thinking person’s cruise” as an alternative to mainstream cruises. In its first two years of operation, Viking has been rated the #1 ocean cruise line in Travel + Leisure’s 2016 and 2017 “World’s Best” Awards. Viking currently operates a fleet of 65 vessels, offering scenic cruising on rivers and oceans around the world. By 2027 the company will operate 16 930-guest ocean cruise ships. In addition to the Travel + Leisure honors, Viking has also been honored multiple times on Condé Nast Traveler’s “Gold List” as well as recognized by Cruise Critic as “Best Overall” Small-Mid size ship in the 2018 Cruisers’ Choice Awards, “Best River Cruise Line” and “Best River Itineraries,” with the entire Viking Longships® fleet being named “Best New River Ships” in the website’s Editors’ Picks Awards. For additional information, contact Viking at 1-855-8-VIKING (1-855-884-5464) or visit