The 930-passenger Viking Star sails in the fjords near Flam, Norway. Viking Ocean Cruises was just named #1 Ocean Cruise Line in 2016 World's Best Awards by Travel + Leisure readers, ending a competitor's 20-year winning streak. (PRNewsFoto/Viking Ocean Cruises)

In its first year of service, Viking Ocean Cruises has been named the #1 Ocean Cruise Line by Travel + Leisure readers in the 2016 World’s Best Awards. Viking launched its first ocean ship, Viking Star, in April 2015, and this win comes on the heels of the new cruise line launching its second ocean ship, Viking Sea, in April 2016. Viking’s win of the #1 Ocean Cruise Line unseats luxury cruise line, Crystal Cruises, which held the title in the category for 20 years in a row. Travel + Leisure’s World’s Best Awards are based on results from an annual survey, where readers are asked to cast their votes for the very best in cruising with considerations in the following cruise features: cabins/facilities, restaurants/food, service, itineraries/destinations, excursions/activities and value. Viking will also be featured in the magazine’s World’s Best issue, which will be on shelves in July. Click here for the full results of the awards.

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From now through July 31, 2016, Viking is offering U.S. residents a Special Savings Discount on 2017 and 2018 Ocean Cruises, with up to $1,000 off air per person.