Viking Ocean Cruises Voted the #1 Ocean Cruise Line

Viking Ocean Cruises

The Viking Difference

Destination focused. Culturally enriching. Carefully curated.
Discover what makes Viking Ocean Cruises the world’s leading small ship cruise line.

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WORLD’S BEST AWARDS – 2018, 2017, 2016

For the third year in a row, Viking was named a #1 Ocean Cruise Line by Travel + Leisurereaders in the World’s Best Awards 2018. This award reinforces our position as a formidable industry leader.

Viking won the same Ocean Cruise Line award in 2016 and 2017, overtaking the spot previously held by a luxury cruise line for 20 years. Viking is immensely proud of receiving this honor just one year after its first oceangoing vessel, Viking Star, set sail on her maiden voyage.

The World of Viking

Immerse yourself in intriguing cultures and awaken your senses. Discover new horizons as you spend more time in port, giving you more opportunities to explore. This is the World of Viking.

Scandinavia Cruises & Northern Europe Cruises

The diversity of Viking itineraries in Scandinavia and Northern Europe is unrivaled. Journey beyond the Norwegian fjords to uncover the true history of the Vikings, from the Shetland and Orkney Islands to the United Kingdom. Trace timeless trade routes. Visit the cultural capitals of Stockholm, Helsinki and St. Petersburg. As you explore, longer port calls, overnight stays and longer daylight hours of the midnight sun enhance your discoveries.

Highlights of Scandinavia & Northern Europe

From soaring, deep-cut fjords and dramatic peaks to historic Scandinavian cities and atmospheric fishing villages rich in tradition, immerse yourself in the remarkable maritime history and colorful cultures that have shaped some of the most scenic shores in the world. Rich in celebrated capitals such as Helsinki and Oslo, and in delightful surprises, like medieval Gdansk, Poland, and Tallinn, Estonia, Scandinavia and Northern Europe are steeped in cherished traditions, and cloaked in a breathtaking coastal beauty found nowhere else. Here are some sample highlights you will enjoy in a Viking itinerary sailing to Scandinavia and Northern Europe:

  • Norway’s magnificent fjords
  • St. Petersburg’s glittering palaces
  • The dazzling display of the northern lights
  • Germany’s bucolic Kiel Canal
  • Scotland’s remote Orkney and Shetland Islands
  • The history and sophistication of Edinburgh
  • Iceland’s breathtaking natural landscapes
  • The Hanseatic past of Bergen
  • Stockholm’s atmospheric Gamla Stan, or Old Town
  • Copenhagen’s brightly colored houses in Nyhavn

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