Viking Ocean Cruises has announced its new Viking Resident Historian program onboard the Viking Star, Viking Sea and Viking Sky.
With the new program, Viking Resident Historians will provide guests with an educational experience that is specific to their itinerary. Guest lecturers with a particular expertise, such as art, architecture, or music, of the region are included. The responsibilities of Viking Resident Historians include:
- Presenting itinerary specific lectures (examples in Europe and Scandinavia include: The Roman Empire; The Ottoman Empire; The Hanseatic League; Imperial Russia)
- Conducting roundtable discussions (examples include: The Elgin Marbles; Women Explorers; Venetian Naval Power)
- Hosting history-themed dinner discussions onboard
- Holding daily "office hours" for one-on-one time with guests
The Viking Resident Historian lectures are overseen by Dr. Charles Doherty, chief Viking Resident Historian. The Viking Resident Historian series will be presented in The Theater and each will also be filmed and made available for guests on the in-room entertainment system. Additionally, the series is currently being professionally filmed in-studio and in early 2018 will be available on-demand through the in-room entertainment system on all Viking river and ocean ships.
The first three Viking Resident Historians that will be onboard Viking's three ocean cruise ships this spring are Dr. Mark Callaghan, Lt. Colonel Tony Coutts-Britton and Dr. Fenella Bazin.
The launch of the Resident Historian program is part of several recent additions to the onboard cultural offerings for Viking Ocean Cruises, including Munch Moments, which launched in 2016 and celebrates the life and artwork of Norway's well-known artist, Edvard Munch. Viking has also worked with the Metropolitan Opera to bring Puccini's classic love story, "La Bohème," to guests. As part of the Metropolitan Opera's "The Met: Live in HD" series, this Viking Privileged Access experience allows guests a chance to visit the opera, along with access to interviews with cast and crew members.
There is also the new Viking Art Guide, a mobile app available in the App Store, which provides guests with a walking tour of the line’s ocean ships, as well as a collection of Nordic art onboard.