By Patti Pietschmann Travel Diva
The line is also loved by just about every past passenger
Viking Cruises is all the rage. Passengers rave about the ships. And Travel + Leisure continues to award it high marks. In fact this marks the fourth consecutive year that the popular magazine’s readers gave Viking® a World’s Best Award.
Alas Viking is one of the few cruise lines I haven’t been on. But I’m working on it.
When I ask past-passengers what’s so special about Viking they give me a litany of likes. One of which is that ‘they don’t nickel and dime you.” Another is the food. They also rave about the staterooms and service. Most also like that the ocean-going ships are just the right size. Not too big or small.
While he may be a bit prejudiced, Chairman Torstein Hagen says, that Viking is designed for discerning travelers with interests in history, art, music and cuisine. It’s “the thinking person’s cruise” as an alternative to mainstream cruises. Ships are small to get guests closer to their destination, with more time in port and more overnights.”
The Scandinavian design is an eye-catcher. Public rooms are both beautiful and functional, quiet and filled with light. There are also lots of outdoor dining venues serving regional fare.
More cerebral than sedentary Viking offers several cultural experiences and exotic shore excursions. But there are amenities such as this infinity pool.
The T&L awards
Travel + Leisure’s readers ranked Viking as the #1 Ocean Cruise Line for ships carrying 600-2,199 guests and one of the World’s Best River Cruise Lines. Since the launch of Viking’s ocean cruises in 2015, the company has been named a #1 Ocean Cruise Line every single year. Viking has also been voted a World’s Best River Cruise Line every year since the award’s inception in 2010.
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 awards can be found at www.travelandleisure.com/worlds-best.
Viking offers very compelling fares. Everyone gets an outside stateroom as well as a complimentary shore excursion in each port of call. Also included are beer and wine at lunch and dinner; alternative dining, WiFi, self-service laundry and all port charges and government taxes.
Guests even get free access to the Thermal Suite in the LivNordic Spa; and 24-hour room service.
A Viking backstory
Viking launched in 1997 with four ships that were purchased from Russia.Today the line operates a fleet of 78 vessels. The vessels include riverboats and ocean liners.
Hope to see you on board one of these days.