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Viking Ocean Cruises Dominates 2017 Cruisers’ Choice Awards


Viking Ocean Cruises Dominates 2017 Cruisers' Choice AwardsThis week Viking Ocean Cruises’® premier sister ships, Viking Star® and Viking Sea®, received the highest honors in 10 categories in the Cruise Critic® 7th Annual Cruisers’ Choice Awards.

Both ships completed a near-sweep of their categories, capturing awards in the top two placements of almost every category in which they were eligible.

“It is an honor for our first two ocean ships to be distinguished as the best ships by the members of the Cruise Critic community,” said Torstein Hagen, Chairman of Viking Cruises.

“I am proud to see Viking Star and Viking Sea receive such high accolades from the industry and our guests,” he added. “The Viking scores reflected in the Cruisers’ Choice Awards are entirely consistent with our internal quality ratings, in which 99.8% of our guests rate their Viking experience above or far above expectations.”

Viking Sea, in just its first year of service, netted first place in the following categories: Best Overall, Best Entertainment, Best for Fitness & Recreation, Best Public Rooms, Best Service, and Best Shore Excursions.

Mirroring the awards success of its sister ship, Viking Star snapped up first place awards in the following categories: Best Dining, Best for Value, Best Cabins (for the second year in a row), and Best for First-Timers.

Most notably, the Viking ships also received second place awards in most of the same categories! Viking Star took Second Place (behind Viking Sea), in Best Overall, Best for Fitness and Recreation, Best for Public Rooms, Best for Service and Best for Shore Excursions.

Likewise, Viking Sea took second place (behind Viking Star), in Best Cabins, Best Dining and Best Value.

The prestigious Cruise Critic is the world’s foremost cruise reviews site, as well as online cruise community; the Cruisers’ Choice Awards are based on ratings submitted by members for cruises taken in 2016.

Viking is known in the industry for providing, “the thinking person’s cruise,” an alternative to mainstream cruises. Small ships allow passengers to get closer to their destination and provide more overnights in port.

Colleen McDaniel, Senior Executive Editor, Cruise Critic, stated, “With these awards we consolidate the thousands of reviews submitted to Cruise Critic each year and honor those lines that received the best ratings from cruisers.”

“Reviews offer … insights for those planning a cruise but also highlight the remarkable experiences and levels of service that people encounter … on a cruise. We’re thankful to everyone who added their voice to these awards by taking the time to write a review,” she added.

The Viking Star and Viking Sea each accommodate 930 guests, and offer 465 cabins. Each ship boasts five stateroom categories, all with private verandas, king-size beds, large showers, and heated bathroom floors.

And, for those times that passengers wish to stay in, each stateroom has an interactive flat-screen LCD TV, complete with movies-on-demand!

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  1. Alli Smith says

    I haven’t been on a cruise in years. Actually, I was pretty much over cruises. I think I need to plan a Viking cruise. I’m amazed at all the top honors they received. Looks like I’ve been cruising on the wrong ships. Congrats to Viking!

  2. Terri Beavers says

    I’ll have to check this cruise line out. My sisters and I were just talking about taking another cruise together.

  3. robin Rue says

    That sounds like a great cruise line. I would love to take one of their cruises someday!

  4. Jeanette says

    I have always wanted to go on one of these cruises! I LOVE going on any cruise and Viking is at the top of the list!

  5. Jacqui S says

    I love cruises! But have only been on Royal Caribbean ones. I’m told I need a variety lol. Will have to check Viking out.

  6. candy says

    We have talked about going on a cruise but just haven’t taken one yet. Heard good things about the viking cruises.

  7. Mimi Green says

    I keep seeing information about cruises, I feel like the Universe is telling me it is time. I’ve never been on one because I am afraid. I keep hearing amazing things about them. Each one is better than the last.

  8. Christy Maurer says

    I have never been on a cruise! The Viking cruises look so luxurious. If I go on one, I’ll definitely look into this line.

  9. Lisa Favre says

    I have yet to go on a cruise but Viking cruises looks like the ideal vacation package for me. Gotta show my husband!

  10. Dawn McAlexander says

    I have been looking into taking a river cruise. Of course, Viking is at the top of my list when it comes to river cruises. All these awards helps me make up my mind. When I book a river cruise, it will be with Viking.

  11. Jenn @ EngineerMommy says

    This looks like a fabulous cruise line. My cousin loves going on cruises and goes on several per year. I will share this post with her!

  12. adriana says

    I’ve heard SUCH great things about Viking Ocean Cruises! They look so fun, and they always have some really great deals going on!

  13. Kita Bryant says

    I honestly have to say that I’ve only ever gone on one cruise and it wasn’t with this company. I have never heard of them until now but I definitely will be checking into them since I hated the first cruise I was on.

  14. ricci says

    I have never been on a cruise before but I really want to go! I have never heard of Viking Cruises before but now I need to check them out!

  15. Catvills says

    never been in cruise but it is always in our bucket list! i would like to go someday!

  16. Anosa says

    I see a lot of ads and talks about viking cruises, glad to hear they have won many awards.

  17. Peachy @ The Peach Kitchen says

    I have never been on a cruise — EVER! Vikings Ships sounds like a great ship and I’d love to be on a cruise aboard it one of these days.

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