The long-awaited Best River Cruise Line results are in and Viking River Cruises takes first place among USAToday readers.
In sheer number of river ships, Viking River Cruises is in first place, too. Last count there were 54 ships total, cruising the waterways of Europe, Russia, Southeast Asia, China and Egypt.
Almost all-inclusive because there are optional upgraded shore excursions as well as beer, wine and spirits from the bar during non-meal times. Wifi is complimentary.
The other winners in Best River Cruise Lines category are:
- Viking River Cruises
- Blount Small Ship Adventures
- Avalon Waterways
- Uniworld Boutique River Cruise Collection
- Victory Cruise Lines
- Emerald Waterways
- A-ROSA River Cruises
Other lines that were nominated include American Cruise Lines, American Queen Steamboat Company, Aqua Expeditions, Crystal River Cruises, French American Line, Grand Circle Cruise Line, Pandaw Cruises, Tauck, UnCruise Adventures and Vantage Deluxe World Travel.
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Amazing! Just eyeballing the data shows a strong correlation between the number of ships in a fleet and the cruise line’s rank.Let’s see now…. more ships ….. more passengers ….. more votes … higher rank. Clearly, this has very little to do with the quality of the experience of a particular cruise line and far more to do with passenger volumes.