Viking Named Best River and Ocean Cruise Line

Viking was named both the best river and ocean cruise line for the first time by Condé Nast Traveler readers.

Viking Named Best River and Ocean Cruise Line


Viking Tops Both Categories Together for First Time in 2021 Readers’ Choice Awards 

Los Angeles (October 5, 2021) – Viking® ( for the first time has been voted both the Best Ocean Cruise Line and River Cruise Line by Condé Nast Traveler in the publication’s 2021 Readers’ Choice Awards. Viking is the only cruise line with the top scores in two categories in the same year—a distinct honor awarded by Condé Nast Traveler readers. 

More than 800,000 readers submitted responses rating their travel experiences and tens of thousands of comments as part of the 34th annual Readers’ Choice Awards survey. Viking will also be featured in the November issue of Condé Nast Traveler US and UK print editions; the full results of the awards can be found at   

“Since we restarted operations in May of this year, tens of thousands of travelers have begun exploring the world in comfort once again. The guests on these Welcome Back voyages enjoyed the experience so much that they have provided some of the highest-ever ratings in post-trip surveys,” said Torstein Hagen, Chairman of Viking. “In that same spirit, it is a great honor to once again be voted the #1 river cruise line and the #1 ocean cruise line in the world. Thank you to our guests and the readers of Condé Nast Traveler.”

Today’s announcement comes ahead of Viking’s 25th anniversary in 2022, which is slated to be the company’s biggest year yet. In January 2022, the company will launch Viking Expeditions, with two purpose-built Polar Class 6 vessels, Viking Octantis® and Viking Polaris®, sailing voyages in Antarctica, the Arctic and North America’s Great Lakes. Next summer, Viking will launch its highly anticipated U.S. river cruises and bring modern river cruising to the region with the debut of Viking Mississippi®, sailing between New Orleans and St. Paul. The company will also continue to expand its award-winning fleet on the rivers and the seas – with the addition of Viking Saigon in Southeast Asia and Viking Osiris®in Egypt, as well as its two newest identical ocean ships, Viking Mars® and Viking Neptune®.

Not only will next year mark major fleet development milestones for Viking, the company is also experiencing robust sales. As of August 2021, bookings for 2022 are at record levels—up 42 percent over 2019, which previously had been Viking’s top year.

Booking Details

Limited space is still available on fall 2021 and 2022 sailings. Call Viking toll free at 1-855-8-VIKING (1-855-884-5464) or contact a travel agent for details.



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Heidi is a physical therapist by profession, cruise enthusiast at heart, and Princess all the time! She is a self-confessed thrill seeker, obsessive planner, and over-packer. She is always looking for the latest and greatest adventures onboard and ashore, enjoys researching top things to do in ports of call, and loves dressing up for formal nights.
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