As part of its onboard cultural enrichment program and commitment to destination-focused learning, Viking’s Resident Historian faculty provides guests with lectures and roundtable discussions on the arts, architecture, music and culture of upcoming ports and various aspects of world history.
From its humble roots on Russia’s rivers to its innovative European Longships and elegant ocean vessels spanning the globe, Viking celebrates two decades of growth and acclaim.
December 15, 2016. The 930-guest Viking Sun—the fourth ship from Viking Ocean Cruises—touches water for the first time during its “Float Out” at the Fincantieri shipyard in Ancona.
So many treasures await in the colorful, historic port of Bergen, from the old harbor steeped in Hanseatic history to the home of Norway’s greatest musician, violin virtuoso Ole Bull.
Set amid 14 islands, Stockholm is a mosaic of natural beauty, fascinating history and timeless traditions. Enjoy a glimpse of this remarkable city rich in a maritime past and vibrant culture.
Get closer to Michelangelo’s towering David, a masterpiece both revered and reviled by Florentine citizens over the centuries. Join Karine in Galleria dell'Accademia as she meets the woman behind the restoration of this remarkable sculpture.
If you prefer an elegant, serene ship ambience, more time in each port and an inclusive experience with exquisite dining and thoughtfully curated shore excursions, join Viking.
Immerse yourself in intriguing cultures and awaken your senses. Discover new horizons as you spend more time in port, giving you more opportunities to explore. This is the World of Viking.
5 continents. 35 countries. 66 ports. 141 days. Join Viking Sun in her inaugural season and explore the world’s legendary cities, charming ports and idyllic islands on one seamless itinerary, our first-ever World Cruise.
Meet some of Norway's four-footed locals, and learn about this quintessential Norwegian brown goat's cheese as Karine Hagen of Viking River Cruises shares the story behind gjetost.
Step into the mind of Antoni Gaudí, the colorful Barcelona artist whose passion for nature led him to create astounding biomimetic architecture and seven UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
Ignite your soul with flamenco, Spain’s most intriguing dance. Gain an insider’s perspective on what drives the artists to deliver their fiery footwork in this centuries-old tradition.
Karine joins Chocolate Master Massimiliano Guidubaldi at the Perugina School of Chocolate to learn to make Baci, Italy’s original chocolate “kiss,” invented on Valentine’s Day in 1922.
A testament to the city’s heritage, Dubrovnik’s fascinating Franciscan Monastery is home to one of the oldest pharmacies in the world and one of the most valued libraries in Croatia.
Every culture has its tale of fated lovers. In Greece, it’s Mimikos and Mary, whose romance took an unexpected turn in the shadow of the Acropolis, a story that shook Greek society.
Mix colorful bottles of ouzo and other spirits, oak casks full of brandy and a colorful owner, and you get Brettos, an Athens bar like no other. Join Karine at this local treasure.
May 5, 2016. Viking Sea, the second elegant sister ship in our ocean fleet, is christened by Karine amid the rich maritime heritage of Greenwich, the historic borough of London on the Thames.
Step below the historic streets of Naples into its ancient past. Explore a vast labyrinth where relics from the early Greeks and impressive Roman architecture remain amazingly intact.
Over the centuries, Norwegians created national dishes based on the seasonal availability of ingredients. Karine and the manager of Frognerseteren share some typical husmanskost dishes.
Follow Karine as she explores the fascinating Venice Lagoon, stopping to visit Torcello, San Giorgio Maggiori, Sant’ Erasmo, Burano, Lazzaretto Nuovo and Murano.
Gondolas are icons of Venice, but countless other boats and people keep this car-free city running smoothly. Join Karine for a glimpse at the city’s diverse water-oriented infrastructure.
Aquavit means “water of life” and is Norway’s national spirit. Join Karine to learn more about this old favorite and find out which vegetable is a key ingredient.
A Telemark, Norway native, Gulleik Svalastog dreamed of the day when he would be captain of his own ship. After years of nautical experience, he saved his best sailing experience for last: commanding Viking Star.
Browse the extensive collection of Stockholm’s Nobel Museum and gain insight into the inspired thinking, courage and perseverance of the Nobel laureates who have changed our world.
Join Viking as we chronicle the story of Leif Eriksson, the Norse navigator who set out to explore the seas west of Greenland and discovered America, 500 years before Columbus.
Join Viking Chairman Torstein Hagen and Corporate Executive Chef Anthony Mauboussin as they compete in a cucumber salad cook-off in The Kitchen Table, our onboard cooking school.
Meet Mikhail Bobrov, the “Most Honored Citizen of St. Petersburg.” The legendary Russian adventurer stopped Nazi warplanes and saved countless lives during the siege of Leningrad by putting his own life on the line.
Experience your destination right on board. Our cultural enrichment program features acclaimed guest speakers, regional menus developed by master chefs and engaging entertainment.
As iconic as Rome’s Colosseum or the Leaning Tower of Pisa, Italy’s fabled Vespa is central to Italy’s cultural identity. Learn the history of this perennial Italian motor scooter.
Expand your horizons on an elegant Viking ship thoughtfully designed by experienced nautical architects and designers to bring you closer to your destination in every way.
Join Karine on a journey into Oslo’s renowned Munch Museum, where you’ll enter the world and mind of master expressionist Edvard Munch, painter of The Scream and more than 40,000 pieces of art.
Go beyond the expected and experience The Viking Way. Engage in Local Life, learn about the Working World and enjoy Privileged Access to people and places otherwise difficult to visit.
Join world-renowned Master of Wine Susie Barrie and Karine to learn about the fundamentals of enjoying fine wine, from opening and pouring to decanting and storing.
Unlock the cultural treasures of Bergen. One of the colorful buildings that welcomes visitors to Bergen’s Bryggen wharf is home to the Hanseatic Museum, where hidden surprises await.