Viking’s armchair travel channel

Viking has launched Viking.TV, a new digital platform designed to provide enriching cultural content and livestreaming video experiences from around the world.

“Right now, we are all staying at home instead of travelling together, but that does not have to mean that the only thing we can do is watch the news,” said executive vice-president Karine Hagen.

“My father, Torstein Hagen, and I felt that if we cannot for the time being bring our guests to the world, let’s bring the world to our guests. And as soon as actual travel is less complicated again, we are ready to welcome you onboard.”

Visitors are encouraged stay connected and share positive experiences at a time when people are staying home.

Viking.TV will also feature live content from a variety of experts, cultural partners and notable individuals, Viking-produced destination insights and reading lists, filmography and music playlists by popular itinerary, so you can read, watch or listen your way around the world from the comfort of your armchair.

“A Viking journey is about cultural enrichment and learning. It’s why we’ve become known as ‘The Thinking Person’s Cruise’. So, while we mightn’t be able to travel right now, we remain committed to helping you explore and learn. Whether you’re interested in the arts, history, culture, cuisine or science, you’ll find it at your fingertips with Viking.TV,” said Michelle Black, Viking’s managing director, ANZ.

Karine also hosts her own segments, on which she showcases history, art and culture from around the world.

You can get creative in your home kitchen and journey around the world through global cuisine with The Kitchen Table – a digital cookbook featuring recipes browsable by country.

Viking.TV also includes a forum where former guests and crew can exchange greetings – reinforcing the tight community bonds that form as part of the travel experience.

Plus, each morning on Conversations with Karine and Friends, you’ll enjoy a daily livestream lecture, conversation, demonstration or virtual tour where you can participate and submit questions in real time.

Daily participants will be announced weekly, and viewers can expect the following themes:

Museums – Viking is a long-time sponsor of Oslo’s Munch Museum and hosts “Munch Moments” onboard its ocean ships every afternoon, showcasing a curated collection of Norway’s most famous artist, Edvard Munch. On Viking.TV, museum livestream sessions will take the place of the onboard event, and viewers can expect streamed sessions with the museum’s director and various curators, providing virtual privileged access to exhibitions, experts and restoration facilities. Additional museums may also participate in the future.

Resident Historians – As part of Viking’s onboard cultural enrichment program and commitment to destination-focused learning, Viking’s Resident Historian faculty provides guests with lectures and roundtable discussions on significant milestones in world history. A resident historian will host an iconic lecture followed by a livestreamed Q&A session.

Music – One of the most important cultural aspects of any destination is its music. Viking.TV will bring some of the world’s most interesting artists, composers and conductors of the musical world.

Guest Speaker Thursdays – Viking is proud to welcome onboard as guest lecturers many experts in the fields of science, the arts and exploration. Every Thursday, Viking.TV viewers can enjoy meaningful conversations with a variety of academics and individuals who have led extraordinary lives. Upcoming hosts include veteran British broadcaster journalist Anne Diamond; world-renowned Norwegian explorer Liv Arnesen; and Xander Parish, principal dancer with the Mariinsky Ballet in St. Petersburg.

At Home at Highclere Castle – Together with her husband Geordie, the 8th Earl of Carnarvon, the Countess of Carnarvon manages affairs at Highclere Castle, widely recognised as the filming location of Downton Abbey. Through her friendship with Karine, Viking has enjoyed a long relationship with Highclere Castle, to which many Viking guests each year enjoy Privileged Access. Visitors to Viking.TV can get a glimpse of life ‘At Home at Highclere’, as Lady Carnarvon broadcasts tours and conversations.

Wellness Weekends – Dedicated to wellbeing during uncertain times, these ‘weekends’ will feature staff from the LivNordic spas onboard Viking’s ocean ships, as well as other selected hosts, largely focusing on yoga and meditation.

While Viking may have suspended cruise operations, it stays true to its tagline of ‘Exploring the World in Comfort’ – only, now, that exploration can happen from the comfort of your favourite chair.

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Written by Leon Della Bosca

Leon Della Bosca has worked in publishing and media in one form or another for around 25 years. He's a voracious reader, word spinner and art, writing, design, painting, drawing, travel and photography enthusiast. You'll often find him roaming through galleries or exploring the streets of his beloved Melbourne and surrounding suburbs, sketchpad or notebook in hand, smiling.


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