The results of the annual Travel + Leisure awards for the World’s Best Cruise Lines have been announced. Readers of the prestigious magazine have voted Seabourn as the “World’s Best Small-Ship Cruise Line” in the  2015 annual survey.  Crystal Cruises were voted as the “World’s Best Large-Ship Cruise Line with Viking Cruises being voted as the “World’s best River Cruise Line”

Seabourn, the ultra-luxury cruise line has dominated the top spot in the “Small-Ship Cruise Line” category over the last decade.

“Our focus is always on the guest experience. As a leader in ultra-luxury and innovation, it takes the expertise of all of Seabourn’s employees – on shore as well as at sea – to bring everything together and consistently deliver travel experiences that exceed our guests’ expectations,” said Richard Meadows, president of Seabourn. “This award is recognition of the extraordinary commitment, dedication and expert delivery of highly personalised vacation experiences that we deliver every day, and I would like to thank the readers of Travel + Leisure for honouring our entire team that makes this possible.”

Sailing high on a year of impressive accolades, Viking River Cruises®  has once again been named the #1 River Cruise Line by readers of Travel + Leisure. The results of the annual Travel + Leisure World’s Best Awards are based on a survey that asked readers to cast votes for the very best in cruising on the following characteristics: cabins/facilities, restaurants/food, service, itineraries/destinations, excursions/activities and value. The full results of the awards can be found at http://www.travelandleisure.com/worlds-best. This is the eleventh consecutive year that Viking has appeared on the World’s Best Awards list, and this year the company earned a score of 93.92 – higher than any other river or ocean cruise line.

“We are delighted to be named the top river cruise line and would like to thank our guests and the readers of Travel + Leisure for this great honor,” said Torstein Hagen, chairman of Viking Cruises. “As the river cruise market continues to grow, we will never lose sight of the Viking Way of travel – we offer our guests the ‘thinking man’s cruise,’ not the ‘drinking man’s cruise.’ We provide enriching experiences for our guests in every destination, and we do it at a great value.”

“The Viking Way” of travel is small ship cruises that focus on the destination, that provide authentic cultural touch points along the way and that offer a wide variety of choice for many different budgets and individual travel preferences. Every Viking itinerary covers a destination’s most famous sights and landmarks, but guests are also offered opportunities to go beyond the iconic and expected – a “Local Life” experience, such as a home-hosted visit; a “Working World” experience, such as a factory visit; and a Privileged Access experience, such as an exclusive, behind-the-scenes museum tour.

In early 2015, Viking officially expanded into the ocean cruise market and with the launch of its first ocean ship, the 930-passenger Viking Star® – marking the arrival of the travel industry’s first entirely new cruise line in a decade.  See stories and Videos by CLICKING HERE for more Luxury Cruise News

In June, Viking “floated out” its second ship, Viking Sea® at Fincantieri’s Ancona shipyard. Viking Sea is set to launch in early 2016, and the company’s third ship on order, Viking Sky®, is currently under construction for debut in early 2017. All three ships will sail popular routes in Scandinavia and the Baltic; and the Western and Eastern Mediterranean.

Videos of Viking Ocean Cruises events can be found here Viking Ocean Videos