Viking’s efforts to help passengers connect with destinations on a meaningful level start before the cruise even begins. In 2020, the cruise line launched Viking TV, a digital experience channel offering daily livestreams from unique destinations. The extensive video library covers art and music, history, languages, explorers and more. Learn about Monet’s gardens before traveling to France. Delve into the history and production of port wines before sailing to Portugal. Brush up on Hungarian phrases before arriving in Budapest. Once on board, a thoughtfully curated library provides additional insights into your voyages.
On a Viking cruise, there are many ways to learn about the cultures and customs of your destination. World-class guest lecturers include former diplomats, renowned news correspondents, celebrated authors and esteemed architects. Viking resident historians deliver fascinating lectures specific to your journey, as well as intimate roundtable discussions. An onboard cooking class is an immersive experience; guests can select ingredients from local markets on port days and prepare regional dishes with the aid of culinary experts. Destination performers showcase the cultural arts of each region—like traditional Greek dancing or expressive Italian opera. Who knew education could be so entertaining?
Viking offers guests the chance to experience destinations like a local with the enthusiasm of a tourist. Shore excursions provide insights into daily living—do as the locals do and browse the shelves of a Parisian bookstore or hop on a pedal cab in Saigon. “Working World” excursions take you to the dream jobs you can only find in certain locations. Tour the vineyards of New Zealand and see how the wine is made. Meet the harvesters of St. Lucia’s famous banana plantations. Learn the tricks of carving wood from expert craftsmen in Bali. Viking guests also benefit from privileged access to cultural treasures like seldom-seen collections at world-class museums after hours. Plus — with Viking Inclusive Value, just about everything is covered under your cruise fare, including a complimentary shore excursion in every port.