Viking Ocean Cruises Rule the Cruisers’ Choice Awards 2017

by Crissandra Ayroso
Viking Ocean Cruises Wintergarden salon

When the world’s leading river cruise line decides to venture into the world of ocean cruising, you can bet they’re going to make a splash.

In Cruise Critic’s annual reader survey, cruisers chose their favourite cruise ships of 2016. Kind of like the People’s Choice Awards of cruising. The 7th annual Cruise Critic Cruisers’ Choice Awards were divided into ten categories and a winning ship was chosen in each size range: small (399 or fewer passengers), small-mid (400 to 1,100 passengers), mid-size (1,200 to 1,999 passengers), and large (2,000 or more passengers).


Viking Ocean Cruises ship in port Venice, Italy

Cruisers’ Choice Awards Viking Ocean Cruise ship in port Venice, Italy

Each ship must have had a minimum number of ratings and reviews given by members of the Cruise Critic community to make it into the category’s top 10.

Viking Ocean Cruises blew the competition out of the water. Viking earned the number one spot in almost every award category in the small-mid size ship range. Viking was awarded in 10 out of 12 categories, including best overall, best dining, best cabins, and best public spaces.

snow room in the spa onboard the viking star

Viking Ocean Cruises’ Nordic Spa. Enjoy a romantic snowfall in the snow grotto followed by a sauna.

High up on the list of Cruise Critics’ favourites is Celebrity Cruises, who earned accolades for the Celebrity Xpedition and the Celebrity Reflection. The Celebrity Xpedition won in five categories in the small-ship range, including best overall and best cruise ship for shore excursions.

viking ocean cruises viking star main pool with the roof open

Viking Ocean Cruises’ main pool onboard the Viking Star with the roof open.

Disney Cruise Line won in seven categories in the mid-size and large ship range for the Disney Dream, Disney Fantasy, and Disney Magic. The Disney Dream and the Disney Magic each won best overall in the large and mid-size range, respectively. The Disney Dream was also awarded best cabins, best fitness and recreation facilities, best public spaces, best service, and best cruise ship for shore excursions.

Cruise Critic Cruisers’ Choice Awards Winners 2017

Best Cruises Overall

Best Cruise Ship Cabins

  • Disney Dream (large)
  • Marina (mid-size)
  • Viking Star (small-mid)
  • Star Legend (small)

Best Cruise Ships for Dining

  • Celebrity Reflection (large)
  • Marina (mid-size)
  • Viking Star (small-mid)
  • Wind Surf (small)

Best Cruise Ships for Embarkation

Best Cruise Ships for Entertainment

  • Allure of the Seas (large)
  • Celestyal Crystal (mid-size)
  • Viking Sea (small-mid)
  • Silver Shadow (small)

Best Cruise Ships for Fitness & Recreation

Best Cruise Ships for Public Rooms

Best Cruise Ships for Service

  • Disney Dream (large)
  • Marina (mid-size)
  • Viking Sea (small-mid)
  • Paul Gauguin (small)

Best Cruise Ships for Shore Excursions

Best Cruise Ships for Value

  • Norwegian Sky (large)
  • Celestyal Crystal (mid-size)
  • Viking Star (small-mid)
  • Celebrity Xpedition (small)

Best Cruises for Families

Disney Magic

Best Cruise Ships for First Timers

Viking Star

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