LOS ANGELES — Viking has launched a new digital platform to provide content and livestreaming video experiences from around the world.
Called Viking.TV, the platform was conceived as a way to build community, stay connected and share positive experiences, all of which are especially needed during the current COVID-19 crisis.
“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,” says Executive Vice President Karine Hagen in a video for current and past guests, posted on the homepage of Viking.TV. “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. Viking.TV is a way for us to continue exploring the world in comfort – from the comfort of our homes. And as soon as actual travel is less complicated again, we are ready to welcome you onboard.”
In addition to housing a library of content that Viking guests would have enjoyed onboard their respective cruises, Viking.TV will also feature live content from experts, cultural partners and notable individuals.
Each day at 11 a.m. PT in the ‘Conversations with Karine and Friends’ section, there will be a livestream conversation, demonstration or virtual tour where viewers can participate by submitting questions in real time. All content sessions will be archived for anyone who cannot view at the original time of broadcast.
The schedule of daily participants will be announced every Sunday, and viewers can expect the following themes each day:
- Museum Mondays – 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 Mondays will take the place of the onboard event, and viewers can expect streamed sessions with the museum’s director and various curators. Additional museums may also participate in the future.
- Resident Historian Tuesdays –Viking’s Resident Historian faculty provides guests with lectures and roundtable discussions on significant milestones in world history. Each Tuesday, a Resident Historian will host an iconic lecture followed by a livestreamed Q&A session.
- Wednesdays with Music – On Wednesdays, Viking.TV will bring some of the world’s most interesting artists, composers and conductors of the musical world.
- Guest Speaker Thursdays – 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.
- Fridays 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 recognized 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. Every Friday, visitors to Viking.TV can get a glimpse of life “At Home at Highclere,” as Lady Carnarvon broadcasts tours and conversations.
- Wellness Weekends – Saturdays and Sundays on Viking.TV are dedicated to wellbeing during uncertain times and will feature staff from the LivNordic spas onboard Viking’s ocean ships, as well as other selected hosts, largely focusing on yoga and meditation.
In addition to the daily content sessions, visitors to Viking.TV can access Viking-produced destination insights, which are hosted by Karine and showcase the history, art and culture from around the world.
The platform also features reading lists, filmography and music playlists by popular itinerary, so visitors can read, watch or listen their way around the world from right at home. Those who are looking to get creative in their home will enjoy “The Kitchen Table,” a digital cookbook that features recipes browsable by country and the ability for visitors to submit their own favorite recipes. And for guests who were especially looking forward to seeing their Viking family of onboard crew during their voyage, Viking.TV includes a forum where guests and crew can exchange greetings – reinforcing the tight community bonds that form as part of the travel experience.
Go to https://viking.tv/ to view the platform.