Viking Hild named Best River Ship in Readers' Choice contest

Winner Viking Longship Hild debuted in 2017

From the Seine to the Danube, the Mekong to the Chobe, the world’s great rivers have become a hotspot for cruising over the last decade. Riverboats serve as floating hotels, allowing passengers to unpack once and explore an entire region.

  • Viking Hild
    Viking River Cruises

    Named after a Norse goddess, Viking Longship Hild debuted in 2017 with the all-inclusive river experience Viking is known for. Passengers enjoy at least one included shore excursion each day, and Hild’s restaurants now feature some favorite menu items from Viking Ocean ships. Bathrooms come with heated floors and no-fog mirrors, and cabins have plenty of drawer and closet space.
    Photo courtesy of Viking River Cruises

  • AmaKristina
    AmaWaterways

    Most staterooms aboard AmaKristina have a French and outside balcony, allowing passengers to take in the scenery from their own private space. Internet and excursions are included in cruise fares, and other popular amenities include a heated pool with a swim-up bar, fitness center, hair salon, specialty coffee station and excellent cuisine.
    Photo courtesy of AmaWaterways

  • American Queen
    American Queen Steamboat Company

    American Queen is the largest steamboat ever built, and an elegant vessel for floating the Mighty Mississippi and its tributaries. The relatively small ship–only 436 passengers–offers big ship amenities like a pool, two-deck theater, library and nightly entertainment.
    Photo courtesy of American Queen Steamboat Company / www.AQSC.com

  • American Constitution
    American Cruise Lines

    The newest addition to the American Cruise Lines fleet, American Constitution carries 175 passengers along the inland coastal waterways of the East Coast. Guests enjoy spacious staterooms and plenty of lounge spaces with a beachy ambiance.
    Photo courtesy of American Cruise Lines

  • Viking Rolf
    Viking River Cruises

    The 190-passenger Viking Longship Rolf has more two-room suites and cabins with verandas than most other river ships. Perks onboard include free wifi, a library, sun deck, lounge bar with a dance floor and the bright and airy Aquavit Terrace.
    Photo courtesy of Viking River Cruises

  • S.S. Joie de Vivre
    Uniworld Boutique River Cruise Collection

    Sailing the rivers of France, Uniworld’s newest Super Ship, the S.S. Joie de Vivre, is adorned with original artwork, antiques and handcrafted furnishings. Cuisine is where the ship truly shines, with an onboard sommelier and Parisian-style sidewalk cafe.
    Photo courtesy of Uniworld Boutique River Cruise Collection

  • AmaCerto
    AmaWaterways

    The foliage-themed AmaCerto carries 162 passengers along Europe’s waterways. Guests enjoy spacious staterooms, many with double balconies, as well as a heated pool with swim-up bar, walking track and an elegant lounge outfitted with a grand piano.
    Photo courtesy of AmaWaterways

  • Viking Hlin
    Viking River Cruises

    Named after the Norse Goddess of Protection, Viking Longship Hlin is a bright and airy river ship boasting a relaxed Scandinavian design. Guests aboard the ship enjoy river views from every room, floor-to-ceiling windows in the restaurant, free wifi and in-room On Demand entertainment on 40-inch flat screen TVs.
    Photo courtesy of Viking River Cruises

  • AmaSerena
    AmaWaterways

    Launched in 2015, AmaSerena sails along the Danube River for much of the year. Passengers can soak up the views from twin-balcony staterooms outfitted with amenities like free wifi, entertainment on demand and white marble bathrooms. Outdoors, the sun deck features a giant chess set and a swimming pool.
    Photo courtesy of AmaWaterways

  • AmaLea
    AmaWaterways

    Guests aboard AmaLea enjoy twin balconies in most staterooms, as well as inclusive amenities like alcoholic drinks at happy hour and meals, iPads in-room, active shore excursions and a fleet of bikes for use in port.
    Photo courtesy of AmaWaterways

The top 10 winners in the Best River Ship category are as follows:

  1. Viking Hild - Viking River Cruises
  2. AmaKristina - AmaWaterways
  3. American Queen - American Queen Steamboat Company
  4. American Constitution - American Cruise Lines
  5. Viking Rolf - Viking River Cruises
  6. S.S. Joie de Vivre - Uniworld Boutique River Cruise Collection
  7. AmaCerto - AmaWaterways
  8. Viking Hlin - Viking River Cruises
  9. AmaSerena - AmaWaterways
  10. AmaLea - AmaWaterways

A panel of experts partnered with 10Best editors to pick the initial 20 nominees, and the top 10 winners were determined by popular vote. Experts Danielle Fear (Cruise Miss), Sherry Laskin (CruiseMaven.com), Jason Leppert (Popular Cruising), Chris Owen, Doug Parker (Cruise Radio) and Ming Tappin (Your Cruise Coach) were chosen for their knowledge of the cruising industry.

Congratulations to all these winning river ships.

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