Set sail in 2019: but be sure to do it onboard one of these top cruise ships.
Dominating awards season once again, Viking on Wednesday received a new set of accolades from the popular online cruise resource, Cruise Critic, including 11 First Place awards in the 9th Annual Cruisers’ Choice Awards.
Cruise Critic presented First Place awards to four of Viking’s 930-guest ocean sister ships: Viking Star, Viking Sky, Viking Sun and Viking Orion, which debuted in 2018.
Viking’s long-established river cruise line also earned top honors, with Viking Vidar named best for river cruises in a new category.
Cruise Critic is the world’s leading cruise reviews site and online cruise community, with more than 350,000 cruise reviews, covering approximately 700 cruise ships across the globe. The Cruisers’ Choice Awards name the best cruise ships in the world, based solely on ratings submitted with member reviews published on the Cruise Critic website in the last 12 months.
“At a time when travelers have a seemingly unlimited choice of which cruise to take — from the biggest and flashiest, to the most intimate and luxurious — there’s never been a better time to cruise,” Colleen McDaniel, senior executive editor of Cruise Critic told CNN.
“What a humbling experience it is to be recognized with 56 awards from members of the Cruise Critic community – so many of whom are our longtime guests and some of the most experienced voices in the travel industry,” said Torstein Hagen, Chairman of Viking Cruises.
While Viking Ocean Cruises dominated first-place rankings among small-mid size ships. Celebrity Cruises was the big winner among large ships. Celebrity had five first-place wins.
Silversea Cruises, Royal Caribbean, Princess and Paul Gauguin Cruises each earned four first-place rankings.
Bigger, is it better?
Here are some of the top Cruise Critic Cruisers’ Choices in the Large Ship category:
Best Large Ship for Food Enthusiasts: Celebrity Equinox
Best Large Ship For Fitness Buffs: Royal Caribbean Allure of the Seas
Best Large Ship For Cocooning In A Cabin: Royal Caribbean Harmony of the Seas
Best Large Ship for Shore Excursions: Carnival Valor
Best Large Ship for Entertainment: Royal Caribbean Symphony of the Seas
Best Large Ship for Families: Disney Magic
Best Large Ship for Value: Celebrity Equinox