AUTUMN 2021 • ISSUE 11
Incredible wish list experiences for travellers of every type
Australia and New Zealand Cruise locally and discover the great southern lands
Castles of Europe Our illustrated discovery of Europe’s architectural wonders
WELCOME LETTER Welcome to the Autumn 2021 issue of Viking Explorer Society News
WIN A EUROPE RIVER CRUISE Win a 23-day cruise for two from Amsterdam to Bucharest
VIKING NEWS Find out what’s been happening at Viking HQ
DISCOVER THE WORLD WITH VIKING Explore the ways we travel and learn
TRAVEL TIPS Insider tips from Viking guests
A JEWEL OF A GODMOTHER Meet the godmother of Viking Venus VIEW
NEW SHIPS TO EXPLORE THE WORLD Read about our newest ships VIEW
SECRETS OF AN ANCIENT WORLD Discover Egypt on board Viking Aton VIKING CRUISES
Autumn 2021 Issue VIEW
NORTH PACIFIC PASSAGE Journey from Japan to Canada
48 HOURS IN TOKYO Your guide to exploring Japan’s capital VIEW
ROAST LEG OF LAMB A tender juicy roast lamb recipe
Incredible wish list experiences for travellers of every type
Australia and New Zealand Cruise locally and discover the great southern lands
Castles of Europe Our illustrated discovery of Europe’s architectural wonders
CASTLES OF EUROPE An illustrated tour of Europe’s castles
AUTUMN 2021 • ISSUE 11
DISCOVER HIDDEN TREASURES CLOSE TO HOME An in-depth look at cruising locally
BLACK FOREST GATEAU A rich and decadent European favourite
THE DEBATE THAT SPANS THE TASMAN Who can actually claim the Pavlova?
#MYVIKINGSTORY See the world through the eyes of our guests
ON THE COV ER: Whirling Dervish of Turkey The Sema ritual performed by the Mevlevi Order of Whirling Dervishes is a form of physically active meditation and worship and a UNESCO Masterpiece.
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Travel is our way of life – as it is yours, and while we are not able to travel internationally at the moment, you can rest assured that we have been working hard to ensure that when we can travel again, you can do so with con�dence with Viking. Our new Health & Safety Program is one of the most well-researched and comprehensive COVID-19 prevention and mitigation plans in the travel industry, ensuring your well-being is a priority at every stage of the travel experience. When our borders do open, we at Viking know that our phones are going to be ringing oﬀ the hook with everyone wanting to secure staterooms on their preferred itineraries. So we strongly recommend that you act now and forward book. So, whether it be travelling closer to home or visiting destinations across the globe, we hope this Discovery issue of Viking Explorer Society News, gives you plenty of inspiration for your future journeys. Warmest regards,
Michelle Black Managing Director, Viking Cruises Australia & New Zealand 4
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Health & Safety Program Viking has completed installation of the �rst full-scale PCR laboratory at sea. These new onboard facilities – an industry �rst – allow for unprecedented COVID testing capacity, enabling Viking to conduct daily PCR testing of every crew member and guest. The Viking Health & Safety Program is one of the most well-researched and comprehensive COVID-19 prevention and mitigation plans in the travel industry.
Ship updates With a number of new ships scheduled to launch over the next two years we recently celebrated some key milestones. Viking Octantis, one of our new expedition ships, floated out in December, and in February we celebrated the keel laying ceremony for Viking Mars. LEARN MORE
The Antarctica offer you’ve been waiting for If Antarctica has always been on your wish-list, this is your chance to, finally, make it happen. We have just launched a special offer that can save you up to $6,000 per couple on our popular new 13-day Antarctica Explorer Expedition voyage in 2022-2023, but it's only here for a limited time. If you plan to explore Antarctica with the world's best cruise line, we encourage you to hold your cabin today for just $500 per person. Vikings across the globe are locking in their future travel plans now, and cabins on our new Expedition voyages are filling fast. LEARN MORE
Discover THE WOR LD W ITH V IK ING
There's no doubt that 2020 was not the year any of us expected. Thankfully it's time to welcome in a fresh start, a time to look forward, with optimism and hope. It's time to make up for lost time and to plan the trip of a lifetime. A world for discovery awaits the savvy traveller in all of us. Whether it be close to home or to destinations across the globe, as we glimpse the promise of new horizons and new experiences waiting to be discovered, we are all planning our next great adventure for when it's safe to travel again. To help you make the most of this window of opportunity, we've curated our most remarkable voyages and incredible experiences from the end of the Earth to closer to home, and combined them with a suite of incredible offers for the savvy, forward-thinking person who will only travel with the world's best. Whether you dream of exploring new cultures or rediscovering your favourite destinations; our modern, spacious small ships will get you there in style and comfort. The Viking Way of exploration means you're travelling with like-minded travellers with our no kids, no casino's commitment, and confident in the knowledge that everything is taken care of. Let us help you make up for lost time with our Discovery Cruise Sale offers. Offers end 31 March 2021. VIEW OFFERS
Travel Is A Personal Choice
We all travel to explore, to learn, and to understand. At Viking, we believe travel should be more than just a trip ― it should be a doorway to a world where you can explore the most intimate nuances of your destination; its cuisine, culture, countryside and customs. We all seek something different from our travels, we all have different hobbies, passions and desires, so to help you plan your next adventure we have curated a selection of tailored experiences that are designed to appeal to every type of traveller.
MONET’S GARDENS, GIVERNY, FRANCE
One for your Wish List Russian Ballet
No trip to Russia would be complete without experiencing a breathtaking performance from the Russian Ballet. Marvel at the elegance and grace of a world-famous ballet such as Swan Lake, The Nutcracker or Giselle at St. Petersburg’s intimate theatre. STATE HERMITAGE MUSEUM, ST. PETERSBURG, RUSSIA
For Admirers of Art & Architecture Privileged Access – exclusive access for Viking guests Hermitage behind closed doors
Feel like a VIP as you get an after-hours insider’s view of one of the world’s most magnificent art collections at the grand Hermitage Museum. Take a trip off-site for Privileged Access to the secured vaults to see works that are not on display to the public and join a historian for an in-depth tour of one of the world’s greatest museums.
Explore the real Russia, including a traditional ballet performance on our Waterways of the Tsars river cruise. Monet’s Gardens
Wander the enchanting gardens and estate that inspired one of history’s greatest painters, founder of impressionism Claude Monet. Explore the artist’s home before strolling through the gardens to see firsthand the landscapes that graced Monet’s paintings including the famous Japanese bridge and water garden teeming with water lilies. Visit Monet’s Gardens on our France's Finest river cruise. -XQR%HDFK *ROG%HDFK 5RXHQ 2PDKD%HDFK 0DQWHVOD-ROLH /H3HFT
Discover this unique experience on our Baltic Jewels & the Midnight Sun ocean cruise. Gaudí – Jewels of Modernism
Explore Barcelona’s colourful modernist buildings and immerse yourself into this beautiful architecture. Visit the Palau de la Musica Catalana, one of the world’s leading concert halls and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Privileged Access allows you to exclusively discover areas that are not accessible to all. Explore the colourful streets on our Iconic Mediterranean Treasures ocean cruise. vikingcruises.com.au
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TALLINN OLD TOWN, ESTONIA
One for your Wish List Tallinn Old Town
PETERHOF PALACE, ST. PETERSBURG, RUSSIA
For Devotees of History Privileged Access – exclusive access for Viking guests Ceremony of the Keys of London
Be captivated by the amazing stories of the Yeoman Warders, more famously known as the Beefeaters, who have guarded The Tower of London for centuries. Your Privileged Access includes a private guided tour of the grounds including the White Tower, built by William the Conqueror in 1078, and the chance to witness the Ceremony of the Keys which has been enacted without fail for almost 700 years. Discover this unique experience on our British Isles Explorer ocean cruise. Broomhall: Home of the Family Bruce
With your exclusive Privileged Access, gain an exceptionally rare glimpse into Scottish royal history. Be greeted by a member of the Bruce family and enjoy a fascinating journey through 1,000 years of Scottish history as you gaze upon priceless heirlooms such as the Sword of King Robert the Bruce and other fine art. Feel like a VIP on our Baltic Jewels & the Midnight Sun ocean cruise. 12
Get to know the �nest medieval Old Town of Northern Europe which boasts a rich mix of cultures with a unique blend of Baltic, Nordic, Teutonic and Russian cultures showcased in food, art, architecture, design and music. Choose a leisurely walking tour, a bike tour or even a chocolate workshop. Explore this quaint town on our Russia and the Baltic Sea ocean cruise. Peterhof Palace
Visit Peter the Great’s extravagant residence and learn why the palace is considered his crowning achievement. Fashioned after Versailles, the estate has a stunning yellow exterior, lush chambers and marvellous fountains and gardens. The breathtaking Grand Cascade can be found in the lower gardens depicting a lion’s jaws. Explore this stunning palace on our Viking Homelands ocean cruise. Reykjavík
FINLAND NORWAY Bergen
SWEDEN Helsinki Oslo
North Ålborg Sea DENMARK
Copenhagen Berlin (Warnemünde) GERMANY
Tallinn ESTONIA RUSSIA
‘ Gdansk POLAND
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VIKING HOMELANDS SPECIAL OFFER Save up to $1,000 per couple when booked by 31 March 2021 VIEW ITINER ARY VIKING CRUISES
One for your Wish List Into the Black Forest by e-Bike BLACK FOREST, GERMANY
For the Active Adventurer & Nature Enthusiast Privileged Access – exclusive access for Viking guests Dine with Crocodiles
Your Privileged Access will give you an up-close encounter with saltwater crocodiles—the largest living reptiles on Earth. Learn more about Australia’s wildlife as animal handlers circulate with baby crocodiles and other reptiles, and after a delicious three-course meal featuring Australian flavours, spend some quality time with the crocodiles. Keep your fingers out of the cage on our Komodo & the Australian Coast ocean cruise Moeraki Boulders
A Privileged Access excursion, travel to Koekohe Beach to marvel at the giant Moeraki Boulders, a natural and mythic phenomenon. Comprising of more than 50 spherical boulders that lie on the beach, like huge marbles. They were formed in the ancient sea floor sediment, and are estimated to be 60 million years old. Discover this geological marvel on board our Australia & New Zealand ocean cruise.
Venture through the villages, through rolling fields and along the woodland trails of the Black Forest on a cycle tour. Pedal at ease on your e-bike as you roll along one of the most beautiful trails of southern Germany discovering more of the history and culture of the Black Forest. Enjoy the trails of the Black Forest on our Rhine Getaway river cruise. Husky Ride Feel the wind in your face as you race across a beautiful winter landscape on a dogsled. Cross the Halogaland Bridge, Norway’s second-longest suspension bridge to the village of Gratangen, where you can learn tales of the “navies” who built the Arctic railway in harsh conditions. Join this thrilling experience on our In Search of the Northern Lights ocean cruise. King Crab Safari Join this exciting excursion where you will harvest your own King Crab. With your guide set off in a deep sea raft into the pristine waters, to a marine farm where you will see how prized King Crabs are harvested and, attempt to catch your own. Venture back to land where you will join your cook to prepare and feast on your catch. Try your hand at this adventure on our Into the Midnight Sun ocean cruise. Reykjavík Norwegian Sea
Tromsø Lofoten (Leknes) NORWAY
Shetland Islands (Lerwick)
Geiranger Bergen Oslo Orkney Islands (Kirkwall)
MOERAKI BOULDERS, OTAGO, NEW ZEALAND ENGLAND
North Sea Cruise
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INTO THE MIDNIGHT SUN SPECIAL OFFER Save up to $1,000 per couple when booked by 31 March 2021 VIEW ITINER ARY vikingcruises.com.au
For Purveyors of Fine Food & Wine Privileged Access – exclusive access for Viking Guests Cooking in a Tuscan Castle After exploring the grand rooms and cellars of the medieval Castello del Trebbio, your private chef will teach you to make pasta dough from local ingredients and sauce from local tomatoes, herbs and spices. Savour your creation in the magnificent dining room with local wines and some sweet Tuscan delicacies. Become a MasterChef on our Mediterranean Odyssey ocean cruise. A taste of Cognac
Learn the history of Cognac during a Privileged Access visit to a distillery in the town of Cognac and Camus. Learn about the wine-growing family that has owned the business for five generations, and see the great oaken barrels where different Cognacs are aged to perfection. Join a master blender in a workshop, where you can learn the secrets of Cognac blending under his watchful eye. Create your own blend on our Châteaux, Rivers & Wine river cruise. CHOCOLATES, STRASBOURG, FRANCE
One for your Wish List Glenmorangie Distillery & Dornoch Crafted by just sixteen people called the Sixteen Men of Tain, learn about the crafting of whisky and the centuries-old method used by Glenmorangie to preserve their distinctive flavours. You will have the opportunity to attend a tutored tasting and sample the finished product. Taste the famous whisky on our British Isles Explorer ocean cruise. Traditional Flavours and Modern Cuisine of Corfu Enjoy a private tour combining an overview of the island’s Old Town and an engaging cooking lesson. Walk through the historic centre of the Old Town of Corfu, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and through the cobblestone streets to the 19th-century mansion Casa Parlante. Visit the luxurious Villa of the Roses before a local, professional chef teaches you age-old traditions in the kitchen. Enjoy this private tour on our Empires of the Mediterranean ocean cruise. Flavours of Alsace
Take a shopping excursion through Strasbourg to sample regional specialties including fine chocolates, kougelhopf cake or croissants, freshly made baguettes, cheeses and regional meats. Then join a professional sommelier who will verse you in the art of pairing local foods with Alsatian and French wines. Tantalise your tastebuds on our Rhine Getaway river cruise.
North THE Sea NETHERLANDS Amsterdam GERMANY RHINE Kinderdijk Bruges Cologne BELGIUM Rüdesheim MOSELLE Koblenz FRANCE
COGNAC, TASTING, CAMUS, FRANCE
Lucerne SWITZERLAND Cruise
RHINE GETAWAY SPECIAL OFFER Save up to $1,000 per couple plus $500 flight credit per person included when booked by 31 March 2021 VIEW ITINER ARY 14
GLOBE THEATRE, LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM
For Lovers of Literature
GREEN GABLES, PRINCE EDWARD ISLAND, CANADA
One for your Wish List The World of Shakespeare
Immerse yourself in the world of William Shakespeare during a private tour of the reconstructed Globe Theatre. Originally built in Southwark in 1599, this historic theatre’s stage entertained audiences with many of the “Bard of Avon’s” most iconic works before its closing and eventual razing in 1644. Reconstructed and reopened in 1997, this modern incarnation continues the theatrical tradition of its predecessor with productions of works by Shakespeare, his contemporaries and modern playwrights. Tread the boards with Shakespeare on our British Isles Explorer ocean cruise. Reykjavík
Shetland Islands (Lerwick) Orkney Islands (Kirkwall) The Highlands The Highlands (Ullapool) (Invergordon) Atlantic Ocean
Green Gables and Scenic Island Drive Gaze upon serene seascapes and tour the farmhouse that inspired one of literature’s most beloved childhood stories with a stop at the Green Gables House, Lucy Maud Montgomery's inspiration to write Anne of Green Gables in 1908. Enjoy an exclusive tour from Anne herself, accompanying her through the house, barn and grounds and hearing stories about her daily life. Meet a story book heroine on our Canada & New England Scenic Shores ocean cruise Shakespeare and Co Bookstore Tucked away in Paris’s 5th arrondissement, this literary haven has been a favourite among book lovers and renowned authors since 1919 and has become a Left Bank literary institution. Browse its stacks and learn about the “tumbleweeds” who work and reside here. Visit Shakespeare & Co on our Cities of Light river cruise. SHAKESPEARE & CO BOOKSTORE, PARIS, FRANCE
SCOTLAND North Sea
NORTHERN IRELAND Belfast Dublin IRELAND
Liverpool Holyhead WALES London (Greenwich) Dover English Channel
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TR AV EL TIPS FROM SOME OF OUR VIKING EXPERTS Any voyage of discovery poses its own questions whether you are a seasoned traveller or new to travel. Rhonda and Malcolm who have travelled with Viking numerous times, oﬀer up some great tips to consider when booking your next or first voyage!
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What is your recommendation for a must-do activity or sight in that destination?
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You have travelled to a number of places with Viking – including the Sydney to London leg of the 2019 World Cruise – what has been your favourite destination? Our four Viking voyages have each been special experiences… our first Viking voyage in 2016 was the Baltic Cruise and of course St. Petersburg was a highlight amongst many others on that itinerary. Having been inspired by this Viking experience we embarked on a 23-day Mediterranean cruise from Athens to Barcelona in 2017. In 2018 we had the pleasure of being part of the inaugural British Isles Explorer cruise which offered such wonderful and varied travel experiences. The visits to the Shetland and Orkney Islands were especially interesting. The 2019 Sydney to London leg of the World Cruise, whilst a lengthy 56-day duration, afforded us the opportunity to experience South Africa. The highlight was the optional 3-night Safari in Kruger National Park. vikingcruises.com.au
We recommend everyone give careful consideration to the optional excursions offered on each voyage to give the greatest breadth of experience in each port. What was the best part of doing a longer length cruise? A longer voyage is less rushed and provides the opportunity to get to know fellow passengers especially if you are travelling as a couple rather than with a larger group of friends. Plus, taking in lectures, enjoying the ambience of the ship and utilising the Spa are among the more relaxing experiences. Do you have any hints or tips for other cruisers when travelling with Viking? A good tip is to pre-book and pay for your shore excursions well in advance to ensure you get the excursion you want. Explore the ship’s Library if you enjoy reading. Adding a pre and post voyage to your travel plans is a special bonus. Booking the Chef’s Table is a true feast for the senses and well worthwhile. When it is safe to travel again – what is the next destination on your list? We have already booked the 37-day Far East & Alaska voyage for mid 2022. We didn't want to miss out! 17
A JEW EL OF A GODMOTHER
A NNE DI A MOND In January 2021, Viking delighted its guests around the world with the announcement that much-loved and respected British journalist and broadcaster Anne Diamond will be the godmother of its seventh ocean ship, Viking Venus, scheduled to debut later this year. Anne is best known for her pioneering work on morning shows in the United Kingdom during the 1980s—along with a legendary career in frontline television that has lasted for more than 40 years, and made her a household name in the United Kingdom. She has also been an inspirational campaigner, having pioneered the 1991 UK cot death campaign, following the death of her own son, Sebastian. The “Back to Sleep” campaign saved over 20,000 babies lives, and has inspired other life-saving campaigns worldwide.
Executive Vice President of Viking. “Since the day we paused operations, Anne immediately volunteered to help our guests and crew manage through this period of uncertainty. As Britain’s favourite face at breakfast and in the morning on British TV, Anne became the face of Viking.TV on her weekly livestreams, where she has interviewed many interesting friends of Viking, while brightening the days of nearly two million viewers. There is no one more deserving to become the godmother of Viking Venus than Anne.” “I am thrilled and honoured to be entrusted as godmother to Viking Venus and cannot wait until we can celebrate her inaugural cruise in a safer and happier 2021”, said Ms Diamond.
Close to the hearts of Viking guests, Anne has also been a key figure on Viking’s award-winning enrichment channel, Viking.TV, launched in March 2020 in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, and conceived as a way to build community, stay connected and share positive experiences while people are staying home. “On behalf of the entire Viking family, we are delighted and honoured to have Anne serve as the godmother of Viking Venus,” said Karine Hagen, 18
VIKING VENUS UNDER CONSTRUCTION, TRIESTE, ITALY
NE W SHIPS TO E X PLOR E THE WOR LD
Viking is committed to the future of cruising as we launch eight new vessels over the next two years.
Viking Saigon Cruising: 15-day journey from Ho Chi Minh City to Hanoi along the Mekong River Guests: 80 guests in 40 staterooms Length: 79m Beam: 13m Year built: 2021
Viking Mississippi Cruising: Multiple itineraries exploring the length of the Mississippi Guests: 386 guests in 193 staterooms Length: 137m Beam: 23m Year built: 2022
Viking Aton Cruising: 12-day discovery of Egypt cruising the Nile River Guests: 82 guests in 41 staterooms Length: 72m Beam: 14.5m Year built: 2022
Viking Venus, Viking Neptune & Viking Mars
Cruising: Northern Europe and Mediterranean (Viking Venus), World Cruise, World Journeys, Panama Canal (Viking Neptune), Scandinavian waters (Viking Mars) Guests: 930 in 465 staterooms
Length: 228m Beam: 29m Gross tonnage: 47,800 GT Class: Small ships Year built: 2021 (Viking Venus), 2022 (Viking Neptune/Viking Mars)
Viking Octantis & Viking Polaris Cruising: Antarctica, The Arctic, North America's Great Lakes Guests: 378 in 189 staterooms Length: 203m Beam: 23.5m
Gross tonnage: 30,150 GT Class: Polar Class 6, allowing us to operate during summer and autumn in medium first-year ice Year built: 2022 19
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Egypt welcomes travellers from across the globe to explore the mighty Nile, home to ancient monuments, a mesmerising desert and lush delta, and warm, welcoming people. Egypt brings out the explorer in all of us, inviting us to discover a land where the foundations of modern civilisation were laid, a place where mysterious tombs, intoxicating spice markets, desert sands and magnificent monuments abound, a place that is home to the world’s longest river flowing through a stunningly fertile valley surrounded by the stark beauty of the desert. Combine the myriad of sights, with the joy of slow travel and you have one of the highlights of any trip to Egypt – a river cruise on the Nile. As the only Western company to build, own and operate ships on the Nile, Viking has a strong commitment to the continued creation of meaningful
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experiences that are focused on the destination, and none more so than Egypt which has been, and remains a popular destination for guests who are inspired to discover the rich history and beauty of the region. Building on that commitment, Viking recently announced an expansion of its Egypt fleet with the launch of Viking Aton, a new state-of-the-art river vessel. Inspired by the design of the award-winning Viking Longships and built specifically to navigate the Nile River, Viking Aton is currently under construction and is scheduled to debut in September 2022. Sailing on Viking’s popular Pharaohs & Pyramids itinerary, the new vessel will join the existing Egypt river fleet, which includes its identical sister ship Viking Osiris and Viking’s first owned and operated ship on the Nile, Viking Ra.
GETTING THER E
Pharaohs & Pyramids The signature 12-day, Pharaohs & Pyramids, takes guests from the city of Cairo with its soaring minarets, glittering mosques and 19th century palaces to iconic sites such as the Great Pyramids of Giza, the necropolis of Sakkara and the Mosque of Muhammad Ali. Cruising the stretches of the Nile River gives access to the tomb of Nefertari in the Valley of the Queens and the tomb of Tutankhamen in the Valley of the Kings, the Temple of Khnum in Esna, and the Dendera Temple complex in Qena. A treasure trove of ancient history, this cruisetour offers an unparalleled sensory journey back into time. VIEW ITINER ARY
Jerusalem Bethlehem ISRAEL
Amman Dead Sea JORDAN Petra
Qena Esna Edfu
Luxor NILE Kom Ombo Aswan
PHARAOHS & PYRAMIDS SPECIAL OFFER Save up to $2,000 per couple when booked by 31 March 2021
North Pacific Passage Journey through time and discover where East meets West as you explore the diverse mysteries of the North Pacific Passage. Our historic and culturally enriching itinerary will have you ticking oﬀ four remarkable mustsee countries on your wish list making it an ideal addition to your travel plans. A voyage that connects east and west, the North Pacific Passage is a firm favourite among Australian and New Zealand guests. On one departure in late September 2019, Australians made up more than half of the ship’s guest capacity, the most ever hosted on a single Viking cruise, and testament to the appeal of this incredible itinerary. 22
Beginning in vibrant Tokyo, uncover the city’s modern charm with its neon lights, luxurious shops and bustling coffeehouses, all carefully watched over by the symmetrical cone of Mt Fuji. Encounter Japan’s unique traditional culture as you dive into Sapporo and visit the tranquil Hokkaido Shrine set deep in forested grounds. Discover the taste of Japan with a traditional Hokkaido lunch and perhaps choose to enjoy a traditional Geisha show. Sail into Russia and explore Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky, a charming town set amid picturesque hills and one of Russia’s most important eastern settlements. Immerse yourself into the area’s natural history and heritage at the cultural museum before setting off on your own venture into the rugged countryside to view the soaring chain of volcanoes. Cross the Bering Sea, tracing the legendary path of the first human migration to the Americas as you also cross the international date line. Arrive in Dutch Harbor absorbing the rich island heritage VIKING CRUISES
Take in the natural and breathtaking splendour of the famed Inside Passage where you will navigate the Strait of Georgia, the Seymour Narrows and the Grenville Channel. Marvel at the rainforests passing you by keeping a watchful eye out for birds, orcas, dolphins and whales. Disembark your adventure of a lifetime in Vancouver with options to extend your journey with Viking. Now is the perfect time to book with our Discovery Cruise Sale. Staterooms for 2022 and 2023 departures are selling fast, book by 31 March 2021 to save up to $2,000 per couple. vikingcruises.com.au
USA CANADA Alaska Hubbard Glacier Valdez Icy Strait Point Seward Sitka Kodiak Ketchikan Inside Passage
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surrounded by idyllic snowcapped mountains before entering Kodiak, the capital of Russian Alaska during the 18th century. Explore this historic city at your leisure to uncover more than 200 years of history. Alternatively, you might join an exciting bear safari, perhaps spotting humpback whales during your flight to the Katmai coast. Continue to discover Alaska’s “First City” Ketchikan where you learn about Alaska’s native legacy.
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48hours in Tokyo
Perfectly combining the past and the future, Tokyo is a city that dazzles with its traditional culture alongside its unceasing passion for everything new. Always changing, and with a diverse collection of neighbourhoods, no two experiences are ever the same. With 48 hours to spend in this incredible city, the following suggestions might come in handy….. W HER E TO DR I NK Roppongi Well known as the city's most popular nightlife district among travellers, offering a large number of friendly bars, restaurants and night clubs. Shinjuku, Golden Gai Golden Gai is a collection of charming mismatched, bars lining alleyways in a corner of Shinjuku. More than 200 tiny bars, clubs and eateries are squeezed into this popular area. 24
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W H AT TO SEE A ND DO Tokyo Palace The chief attraction of Tokyo's Marunouchi district is the Imperial Palace with its beautiful 17th-century parks surrounded by walls and moats. Still in use by the Imperial family, the Palace is the focal point from which the city of Tokyo spreads. Sensō-ji Temple In the Asakusa district, the exquisite Sensō-ji Temple stands at the end of a long street market hosting vendors selling masks, carvings, combs made of ebony and wood, toys, kimonos, fabrics, and precious paper goods.
W HER E TO SHOP The Ginza Tokyo's most famous upmarket shopping, dining and entertainment district, featuring numerous department stores, boutiques, art galleries, restaurants, night clubs and cafés. Shibuya Shibuya shopping begins at the scramble crossing, arguably the most famous place in all of Tokyo, and gateway to the city's biggest retail district with international retailers sharing the streets with Japanese chains and independent brands.
W HER E TO DI NE Kaiseki Dining Kaiseki is a traditional multi-course Japanese dinner made up of beautifully plated dishes. In the present day, kaiseki is an art form that balances the taste, texture, appearance, and colours of food and is the ultimate haute cuisine in Japan.
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Sukiyabashi Jiro This 10-person-capacity restaurant isn’t the kind you’d stumble upon – it’s unceremoniously tucked into a clinical-looking corner of Ginza subway station. The head chef is consistently regarded as the greatest sushi chef alive. 25
Discover Hidden Treasures Close to Home It could be argued that Australia and New Zealand were made to explore by ship. Two islands surrounded by water, stretches of stunning coastal landscapes, charming ports and a wealth of sights and activities to attract travellers of all types. In recent years there’s been a sharp increase in the number of cruise lines crossing the Tasman between Australia and New Zealand and for good reason. What’s on offer for cruise fans is an opportunity to enjoy many of the natural gems, quaint coastal communities, bustling cities and fascinating cultures of both countries. For Aussies and Kiwis alike it is a chance to explore more of their own country and that of their nearest neighbour, and in the current times, with a potential travel bubble opening between the two countries, interest in local cruising is at an all-time high. “We know from our past passengers that there is a real desire to travel again once it is safe to do so,” says
Michelle Black Managing Director Viking ANZ. “Australia and New Zealand have so much to offer travellers and in the current times a cruise is the perfect opportunity to rediscover our own roots – to visit places in our own countries that we may not have been to, to try experiences that we would normally not have considered, and to just satisfy that travel bug in all of us. “For first time cruisers or first time ocean cruisers an Australia/New Zealand itinerary is the ideal choice. It’s close to home, our modern spacious ships cater for just 930 passengers and we have world leading health and safety protocols in place. In the current times, this is a peace of mind itinerary for people wanting to cruise – for the first or next time. “Plus the benefits of a cruise are endless – unpack once and settle in, Privileged Access to numerous sights and attractions, dining choices, award winning service, and a unique on board enrichment program”, she said.
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Australia & New Zealand The smallest continent and one of the largest countries on Earth, Australia is a place where the world’s oldest culture shares its vast outback, vibrant cities and magical coastline with a multicultural population stemming from countries and regions across the globe. Sydney, perched on the edge of what is without doubt one of the world’s most stunning harbours, celebrated for its iconic Opera House and internationally recognised Harbour Bridge, is the starting point of this 15-day voyage. Explore the charming crooked streets of Sydney’s historic district of The Rocks, where some houses date back to the early days of European settlement. Venture into the natural wonders of the nearby Blue Mountains, or set out on foot and discover the food and wine scene of this vibrant city.
The rivalry between Sydney and Melbourne will see you comparing the two cities fashion districts and cafe-lined laneways. Cosmopolitan, sports-mad and full of artlined laneways, Melbourne exudes style and is popular with food and culture lovers alike. Uncover the cultural and historic treasures of one of the most liveable cities in the world during a tour of its highlights. As the second oldest capital in Australia, Hobart is a pretty harbour town with a waterfront that is abuzz, with old pubs alongside new craft-beer bars, myriad cafés museums, festivals, ferries, fishing boats, yachts and a floating pier upholding a selection of fine restaurants. Onto the shores of New Zealand famous for its mystical landscapes, from soaring snowcapped mountain peaks, to rich wine country and the lush green valleys as made famous by The Lord of the Rings epics.
First port of call is Dunedin, also known as the Edinburgh of the South, and home to gothic buildings, and beautiful cathedrals which are a hallmark of its early days as one of New Zealand’s first and most prosperous cities. Nestled among rolling green hills that drop sharply into the sea, it is one of the best preserved Victorian cities in the world and home to a wealth of Edwardian and Victorian buildings, including the stunning Dunedin Railway Station. Next stop, Christchurch, is one of the world’s most unique destinations, combining urban regeneration and innovation with heritage and culture, having virtually rebuilt the city centre, where over 80% of buildings were demolished after the earthquakes of 2010 and 2011. Today the central city is filled with cutting-edge architecture alongside some of the oldest buildings in New Zealand. A stunning blend of British charm and natural beauty, with so many green parks, it has been
nicknamed the "Garden City". The Napier of today is also a city rebuilt after a devastating earthquake – this one in 1931 – yet it retains a unique concentration of one of the world’s most spectacular collections of art-deco buildings, with amazingly intact 1930s façades and streetscapes. Take a driving tour of the city to take in the art-deco gems that adorn the streets in a Gatsby-esque style. Māori culture impresses itself on contemporary Kiwi life and nowhere is this more evident than in Rotorua. Here you can immerse yourself in Māori lore and legends on a walking tour to the top of sacred Mt. Maunganui. Known as the “City of Sails,” Auckland is the final stop on this epic discovery of the southern lands. Enjoying a stunning setting between two harbours, this seafaring city has hosted two America’s Cup challenges.
Regularly rated one of the world's top cities for quality of life and liveability, you will discover tracts of rainforest, thermal springs, wineries and wildlife reserves within an hour’s drive from the city's high-rise heart. Sydney AUSTRALIA Auckland Rotorua Napier NEW ZEALAND
Melbourne Bass Strait TASMANIA Hobart
Christchurch Dunedin Foveaux Strait South Pacific
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The Australia to New Zealand run (as we call it) is a favourite of ours, especially over the Christmas/ New Year period. If we had to narrow it down, our favourite ports are Auckland for it’s central location to the main CBD, Tauranga for its location for a fantastic walk around the base of Mount Maunganui and the beautiful scenery that Milford Sound oﬀers. Then of course there is the departure or arrival into Sydney Harbour. Spoilt for choice. – STEVE B, VIKING GUEST
The Debate That Spans The Tasman The Pavlova, a sweet dessert comprising a crisp meringue shell topped with whipped cream and fruit, is quintessentially Australian— after all, “baking a pav” and turning up for the backyard BBQ is about as Aussie as it gets - at least according to Australians. New Zealanders, however would beg to disagree. And so has started the debate across the Tasman with the nationality of the “Pav”, a source of light-hearted banter between the two nations for many years.
believe the Pavlova was invented at Perth's Esplanade Hotel, and named after the ballerina when the hotel manager declared it to be “light as Pavlova.”
Australians and New Zealanders have squabbled endlessly for years over everything and anything from Russell Crowe, to Crowded House and even Phar Lap. But the debate over the origins of Pavlova is without a doubt one of the longest running between these two countries.
But the most recent research – years spent unravelling a culinary tangle – by Dr Andrew Paul Wood and Annabelle Utrecht, suggests that the true origins of the pavlova come from Europe and North America. Between them they discovered more than 150 recipes for meringue-based cakes that resembled the modern day Pavlova, all published before Anna Pavlova even arrived down under in 1926! And they identified the grandfather of the Pavlova, as the Spanische Windtorte, an Austrian dessert consisting of a meringue shell or layers, filled with whipped cream and fruit.
The Pavlova is named after the famed Russian ballerina Anna Pavlova, who toured Australia and New Zealand in 1926. As the New Zealand story goes, the chef of a Wellington hotel at the time created the dessert in her honour, claiming he got his inspiration from her tutu. Australians, on the other hand,
So in the end it appears that neither New Zealand nor Australia can really lay claim to the origins of the Pavlova. However, surely we can both take credit for ensuring this dessert has become a signature part of any celebration – whatever side of the Tasman you hail from.
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Roast Leg of Lamb Australia and New Zealand are among the greatest lamb producers in the world and yes, yet again there is some debate over which produces the best quality! But for an absolute melt-in-the-mouth slow-cook recipe, no one can argue with this one.
2-2½ kg whole leg of lamb (bone-in)
1. Preheat the oven to 160°C
50g butter, softened 2-3 cloves of garlic Sea salt and black pepper
2. Before cooking, allow the lamb to come up to room temperature. Mash the butter with a fork, then crush the garlic with a generous pinch of salt and pepper until it forms a paste. Add into the butter, then rub this paste all over the lamb.
250ml boiling water
3. Place the lamb into a roasting tin and pour in the water, then allow to cook for three hours.
For the sauce:
4. Remove the lamb from the oven, draining any fat and meat juices into a bowl. Cover with foil and allow to rest.
2 tbsp plain flour 250ml lamb or chicken stock
5. To make the sauce, skim most of the fat from the meat juices, then pour into a saucepan over a low heat. Add the flour and mix well. Cook the paste for a couple of minutes, then slowly whisk in the stock. Simmer until thickened. 6. Serve the lamb with buttered new potatoes, steamed seasonal vegetables and the sauce.
Castles of Europe W A L K I N G
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The waterways and landscapes are dotted with castles. Visiting is like delving into the past. Discover the history of kings and queens, of alliances and vendettas, of wars and truces, and the families and dynasties that made Europe.
Rhine River, Germany This 11th-century Middle Ages fortress castle sits high above the town of Braubach on the Rhine River. Never actually used as a royal family residence, Marksburg was constructed to protect the town of Braubach.
Loire Valley, France A unique architectural jewel, commissioned by King Francis I, the Chateau de Chambord is the largest and most majestic castle of the Loire and has long been a symbol of the French Renaissance.
NEUSCHWANSTEIN CASTLE Bavaria, Germany Neuschwanstein Castle is one of the most visited castles in Germany and one of the most popular tourist destinations in Europe. Located in Bavaria, it is said to be the castle that inspired Walt Disney.
Prague, Czech Republic
Thought to be the largest ancient castle in the world, Prague Castle and its grounds cover an area of over 18 acres and houses the Crown Jewels along with relics of Bohemian kings, precious Christian relics, art treasures and historical documents.
Located in the centre of Romania, this medieval castle is believed to have once held Vlad the Impaler prisoner. He was immortalised as the inspiration for the novel “Dracula” and thanks to this loose connection, Bran Castle is often referred to as “Dracula’s Castle”.
Lake Bled, Slovenia The mighty Bled Castle is a romantic red and white castle perched high above Lake Bled. It has stood at the top of a 130 metres high cliff for over a thousand years and is also the oldest castle in the area.
LAKE BLED CASTLE
PELEȘ CASTLE Sinaia, Romania
The interior of the Peleş Castle is a true wonder, due to the beauty and richness of the sculpted wood and the stained glass windows. Its 168 rooms are adorned with the finest examples of European art, Murano crystal chandeliers, German stained-glass windows and Cordoba leather-covered walls.
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Black Forest Gateau The Black Forest’s most famous dessert, Schwarzwälder Kirschtorte, should traditionally contain kirsch, a clear spirit made from cherries. This recipe uses jars of cherries in kirsch, but if you can’t find them, soak canned or fresh cherries in kirsch or brandy overnight before using.
170g butter, at room temperature
1. To make the cakes, preheat the oven to 180°C and grease and line two large 23cm springform cake tins.
170g caster sugar 6 large eggs, whisked 140g plain flour 2 tsp baking powder 2 tbsp cocoa powder 680g black cherries in kirsch syrup 750ml double cream 200g bar of dark chocolate Serves 6-8
2. Beat the butter and sugar together until pale and creamy, and then slowly add about half the eggs. 3. Sift together the flour, baking powder and cocoa and add about half to the butter and sugar mixture, then add the remaining eggs and finally the remaining flour mixture. 4. Split the mixture evenly between the two cake tins and level the tops. Bake for about 30 minutes or until the cakes are springy to the touch. Set aside to cool. 5. Drain the cherries, reserving the liquid, and chop into small pieces, reserving 12 for decoration. 6. Cut each of the cooled cakes in
half horizontally. Whip the cream until stiff peaks start to form. 7. To assemble, start with one of the cake halves. Drizzle generously with kirsch syrup, then spread over a thick layer of whipped cream. Scatter over a third of the chopped cherries. Repeat again with the next two layers. For the final layer, drizzle with kirsch syrup, then cover the cake with the remaining cream. 8. For the chocolate shards, brace the chocolate against you, flat side up, and carefully bring the blade of a sharp knife towards you, shaving the chocolate into curls and shards. Shower the top and sides of the cake with the chocolate shards. Finally, decorate with the remaining whole cherries. VIKING CRUISES
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BRANDY KETCHUM – POLAR PARK, NORWAY
Today’s winter wonderland of Narvik Norway, we went to Polar Park and had an amazing experience with a pack of hand reared Arctic Wolves! There are no good words to describe the experience, beyond amazing! #MyVikingStory
KRISTY SIEFKIN – PETERHOF PALACE, RUSSIA
When Peter The Great received an Excessive Heat Warning alert on his iPhone, he could just escape to #Peterhof. The Grand Palace outside St. Petersburg was inspired by Versailles and has over 150 spectacular fountains. Hope you are keeping cool back home, Arizona!! #MyVikingStory #azwx #fox10phoenix
SPARKX – WACHAU VALLEY, DANUBE RIVER JANE HERR DESROSIERS – KINDERDIJK, THE NETHERLANDS
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Sunrise over the River Danube - such a quiet and peaceful time to watch the world go by as we entered the famous Wachau Valley in Austria on board! @VikingCruises #MyVikingStory #rivercruise #sunrise 35
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