Viking Cruises® has been honored as “Best River Cruise Line” by the editors of Cruise Critic® in the website's 6th Annual Editors’ Picks Awards.
In making the award, Cruise Critic’s international team of
editors recognized Viking for its
expansive fleet of new ships and the number of choices it can offer its guests.
This is not the first time Viking has been accorded high honors. Viking Cruises was also named “Best River Cruise Line” in 2011, and the
new Viking Longships were named “Best New River Ships” in 2012.
“To again receive Cruise
Critic’s top award for a river cruise line is a wonderful testament to the
entire Viking team,” Torstein Hagen, Viking’s chairman, said in a statement
following the announcement of the line’s honor. “We are the biggest river
cruise line, but we will also always strive to the best— and having the
editorial staff of Cruise Critic acknowledge Viking as such is the capstone of
a remarkable year.”
Viking Cruises is currently in
the midst of the most aggressive new shipbuilding effort in the industry, Cruise Critic
noted. In March, Viking set a world record with the christening of 10 new
Viking Longships®. In 2014, the company plans to launch an additional 14 Longships.
“Numbers mean options,” Carolyn
Spencer Brown, editor-in-chief of Cruise Critic said.
Viking Cruises was established
in 1997 with four Russian river cruise vessels and a company name to honor the
Vikings who first traveled by longship to explore Russia’s waterways. Today, Viking owns and operates 35 river vessels,
making it the world’s largest fleet of river vessels.
The honor comes amid
unprecedented levels of consumer interest in river cruising, the company
said.Viking’s 2013 season was 96% sold out when the award was announced Oct. 17, and the company was more
than 53% sold out for 2014.
Viking is the only river cruise
company to operate in Europe, Russia, Ukraine, China, Southeast Asia and Egypt.
In 2015, Viking will launch its
new ocean cruises. Viking’s ocean cruises will begin sailing in May 2015 with its
first vessel — the 930-passenger all-veranda Viking Star — embarking on
maiden voyages in Scandinavia and the Baltic, and the Mediterranean, the
company said. Click here to read my previous post on the topic.
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