Viking has been named the world’s best cruise line for the fifth straight year by the readers of Travel + Leisure.

Viking was named the #1 Ocean Cruise Line for cruise ships carrying 600 to 2,199 guests and one of the World’s Best River Cruise Lines. Since the launch of Viking’s ocean cruises in 2015, the cruise line has been named a #1 Ocean Cruise Line every single year.

Travel + Leisure is the largest travel magazine brand in the U.S., and since 1995 its readers have been asked to cast their votes for the World’s Best in cruising with considerations in the following cruise features: cabins/facilities, food, service itineraries/destinations, excursions/activities and value. Viking will also be featured in the magazine’s World’s Best issue, which will be on newsstands in July; the full results of the 25th annual awards can be found at

“It is an honor to be voted a #1 ocean cruise line for a fifth consecutive year,” said Torstein Hagen, Chairman of Viking. “While we may not be traveling together at this time, Viking remains focused on the future and continuing to expand our fleet with more award-winning ocean and river ships, as well as new expedition vessels. When the time is right, we look forward to welcoming our guests back to exploring the world in comfort. Thank you to our guests and readers of Travel + Leisure for this prestigious award.”

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Today’s announcement follows the recent “float out” of the company’s seventh 930-guest ocean ship, Viking Venus – marking a major construction milestone and the first time that the new ship touched water.

Scheduled to debut in early 2021, Viking Venus will spend her maiden season sailing itineraries in the Mediterranean and in Northern Europe and will join the an award-winning ocean fleet of sister ships, which include Viking Star, Viking Sea, Viking Sky, Viking Sun, Viking Orion and Viking Jupiter.

Earlier this year, Viking announced it will launch Viking Expeditions, with two purpose-built 378-guest vessels, Viking Octantis and Viking Polaris, debuting in 2022 to sail voyages in the Arctic, Antarctica and North America’s Great Lakes.

Also in 2022, Viking will launch its highly anticipated U.S. river cruises, with the debut of the 386-guest Viking Mississippi, sailing between New Orleans and St. Paul.

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