SPRING 2019 â€¢ ISSUE 5
MEET A VIKING
Get to know one of our resident historians
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Three incredible wine regions you can visit with Viking
SPRING ISSUE 2019
On the Cover: Lofoten Islands, Norway
04 VIKING NEWS Find out what’s been happening at Viking. 06 EDITOR’S LETTER Welcome to Viking Explorer Society News. 08 EXPLORER SOCIETY EVENTS Exclusive wine tasting nights, film screenings and more… 10 EUROPEAN HIGHLIGHTS This new ocean cruise itinerary calls on seven fascinating countries. 12 TUNE IN Keep your eye out for Viking on Channel Nine’s Explore TV.
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18 THE VIKING WAY® OF EXPLORATION Learn about our Privileged Access, Local Life and Working World excursions. 25 MUNCH MOMENTS Discover the masterpieces of Norway’s most celebrated artist on board Viking Sun. 28 DESTINATION-FOCUSED DINING Find out what culinary delights Viking Star has on offer. 30 SEE SOUTHEAST ASIA Why this vibrant region should be at the top of your travel list. 34 OLÁ, ADEUS, SIM, NÃO An introduction to Portuguese. 35 PORTUGUESE CRÈME BRÛLÉE This delicious recipe will quickly become a household favourite.
36 THE PERFECT PORT OF CALL Jill Dupleix explores the city of Porto. 40 BEST CRUISES FOR HISTORY BUFFS Visit the most historic sites in the world with these itineraries. 43 IN THE KNOW Introducing Robert Cribb, one of our resident historians. 44 MEET A VIKING Get to know Alison Nevin, Enrichment Manager for our ocean cruises. 45 CHEERS TO THAT The top three wine regions you can visit with Viking. 46 BRITISH ISLES EXPLORER The perfect itinerary for lovers of historic TV dramas.
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Welcome to the fifth edition of Viking Explorer Society News. This issue is a celebration of the Thinking Person's Cruise ®. Learn more about The Viking Way® of exploration, and discover our top experiences for discerning travellers. Read about our best cruise itineraries for history buffs, and get to know one of our renowned resident historians. For our competition lovers, you will
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have the chance to win a stateroom on board our 15-day Into the Midnight Sun ocean cruise from Bergen to London. And keep an eye out for exclusive Viking Explorer Society member discounts, as well as special offers from our current Think Viking Fly & Cruise Sale. If you require additional information about our cruise itineraries, destinations or prices, call us on 138 747 (Australia) or 0800 447 913 (New Zealand). For now, sit back, relax and enjoy!
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Dreaming about your next holiday but can’t decide where to go? This fun quiz will help you choose — simply pick your preferences and let Viking serve up some suggestions! TA K E T H E Q U I Z
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VIKING EXPLORER SOCIETY EVENTS
The Viking Explorer Society is a community of sophisticated travellers â€” people who like to expand their worldview by exploring and experiencing different cultures and ways of life all over the globe â€” travellers just like you. Being a member of the Viking Explorer Society is hugely rewarding and entitles you to a number of unique benefits, including early access to special offers and discounts on your future cruises. From time to 8
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time, we also host exclusive Viking Explorer Society events around Australia for our most loyal past passengers who frequently choose to travel with us. Earlier this year, we arranged an evening of wine tasting in Brisbane, Melbourne and Sydney, hosted by Paul Diamond â€” publisher of the award-winning food and wine magazine, Selector. As the proud promotional partner of Downton Abbey, we also hosted a series of vikingcruises.com
private screenings of the highly anticipated film back in September, meaning our Viking Explorer Society members in Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide, Brisbane, Perth and Auckland were among the first in the world to see it on the big screen. We have plenty of exciting things in store for our Viking Explorer Society members in the coming months â€” stay tuned!
Twenty-Two Days, Seven Countries, One Exclusive Sailing
From the ancient treasures of Rome to the pristine beaches of Corfu, our 22-day European Highlights ocean cruise showcases the most spectacular historical and natural wonders of the Mediterranean, the Adriatic and beyond. Departing from Venice on board the award-winning Viking Sun, this exciting itinerary will give you the chance to explore Dubrovnik, one of the world’s 10
most beautifully preserved medieval cities, before seeing you stroll through the bustling piazzas of Naples while sampling delicious local cuisine. Immerse yourself in the playground of the rich and famous, Monte Carlo, and in Barcelona, marvel at the surreal works of architectural genius Antoni Gaudí — including La Sagrada Família and Park Güell. VIKING CRUISES
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With stops in picturesque Split, enchanting Florence and vibrant Vigo, your journey will eventually conclude in dynamic London, where you can take in the city’s iconic landmarks. This one-off May 2021 sailing is already selling fast. Don’t miss out!
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If you haven’t had the chance to experience our Into the Midnight Sun or British Isles Explorer ocean itineraries, both of which sail between London and Bergen, be sure to tune into Explore TV on Channel Nine from 13 October. Hosted by Trevor Cochrane, Explore TV is an experiential travel series showcasing the best places in the world to explore, with a focus on providing insight into the people, history and culture of each destination — and Viking Sea will soon take centre stage. FREE SPA CREDIT Reykjavík Norwegian Sea
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Episode 1, October 13: Into the Midnight Sun Discover the highlights of beautiful Bergen, where Viking was founded by Torstein Hagen, and peek inside the iconic Dale of Norway sweater factory. This episode will take you to the wooden Fantoft Stave Church in Fana and into the home of famed Norwegian composer Edvard Grieg. You will also get to see picturesque Geiranger, complete with one of Norway’s most spectacular fjords.
Episode 2, October 20: Into the Midnight Sun Take a look at the delicious Italian cuisine prepared at Manfredi’s on board Viking Sea, and see more of the ship’s serene, Scandinavian-style interior. Learn about Norway’s maritime history, explore the charming fishing villages of Lofoten, and witness the unique architecture and dramatic landscapes of Tromsø.
Episode 3, October 27: Into the Midnight Sun See why we are known as The Thinking Person’s Cruise ® when Trevor introduces you to the art collection and resident historian on board Viking Sea, then join him on an excursion to catch and cook a giant king crab. Glimpse the pastel-shaded cabins and rugged beauty of Magerøya Island, and look inside the Up Helly Aa Exhibition in Lerwick on the Shetland Islands.
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Learn about the heritage, culture and resident ponies of the Shetland Islands, then trace centuries of human settlement during visits to Orkney’s Neolithic and Viking sites. Trevor will treat you to a rare glimpse inside Broomhall House in Edinburgh before taking you to a bagpipe workshop. This episode will also feature breathtaking views from the famous London Eye, as well as a tour through the Chelsea Physic Garden. VIKING CRUISES
Episode 5, November 24: British Isles Explorer On board Viking Sea, hear from the executive chef and sommelier at The Chef’s Table, look inside the LivNordic spa — including the unique snow grotto — and see the ship’s stunning infinity pool. Trevor will take you through the fascinating Churchill War Rooms in London, as well as the magnificent Canterbury Cathedral.
Episode 6, December 1: British Isles Explorer In this episode, Trevor will introduce you to Dublin’s most historic landmarks before you watch a traditional Irish dance performance. In Wales, take a look at the quaint seaside town of Beaumaris and see inside the enchanting Gwydir Castle. Explore Liverpool, birthplace of the Beatles and home to soaring churches and extraordinary architecture, then find out why Belfast is heaven for foodies. FILMING IN WALES
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On board a Viking cruise, you won't find any children… but you will find a resident historian and several guest lecturers who are eager to enlighten you about the regions through which you are travelling. You won’t find a casino… but you will find a magnificent library that has been expertly curated by London’s Heywood Hill — one of the most influential bookshops in the world. You won’t find any art auctions… but you will find one of the largest collections of works by Norwegian expressionist Edvard Munch outside of Oslo. You won’t find a cruise experience that’s for everyone — and that’s precisely the point.
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At Viking, we believe travel is more than just a holiday, it should be a doorway to cultural insight and personal enrichment. Our ocean and river cruise itineraries are designed to help you explore and engage with each destination through its history, traditions, cuisine and customs, which is why we have become affectionately known as The Thinking Person’s Cruise ®.
MEDITERRANEAN ODYSSEY VENICE – BARCELONA or vice versa 13 DAYS | 10 GUIDED TOURS | 6 COUNTRIES SET SAIL MAR – APR, JUN – AUG 2021 From $8,195pp in Deluxe Veranda From $9,295pp in Penthouse Veranda VIEW ITINER ARY vikingcruises.com
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THE VIKING WAY OF EXPLORATION At Viking, we are always looking for authentic, unique experiences to offer our guests — the kind of experiences that provide profound insight into the history, culture and traditions at the heart of each destination. This is why we have curated an exclusive collection of Privileged Access, Local Life and Working World shore excursions. It is all part of what we call The Viking Way® of exploration and just another reason why we are known as The Thinking Person’s Cruise ®.
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THE HERMITAGE BEHIND CLOSED DOORS Our Privileged Access excursions offer Viking guests exclusive access to stunning private homes and palaces, private concerts and afterhours entry into world-class museums. One of our most remarkable Privileged Access experiences is The Hermitage Behind Closed Doors. Russia’s State Hermitage Museum boasts some 3 million works of art and historical artefacts that are precious to the country’s heritage, and only a fraction are on public display — the rest are locked away in a carefully monitored facility. During this eight-hour excursion, guests are treated to an early morning guided tour through the main collections before the museum opens its doors to the public. Guests then join a local historian inside the museum’s secured vaults to view 19th-century frescoes, treasured sculptures, Romanov furniture and imperial carriages. They also have the chance to examine priceless gifts given to Russian royalty by countries all over the world, including a huge gold-embroidered tent from a Turkish sultan. A delicious lunch is served in the museum’s staff canteen. Experience this on our Viking Homelands itinerary. V I E W E XC U R SI O N
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mekong overnight Whether it is a visit to the home of a local family or an enriching cooking class, our Local Life excursions reveal the rhythms of daily living in each destination. Mekong Overnight is one of our most popular Local Life experiences — and with good reason. This two-day Vietnamese adventure begins with a scenic drive to C`ân Tho', where guests visit Ong Pagoda, a colourful late 19th-century temple built by Chinese immigrants to worship the god Kuan Kung, a statue of whom sits inside the temple surrounded by incense. This excursion also includes a stop at the bustling Cái Răng floating market — the biggest floating market in the Mekong Delta. In the city of Vĩnh Long, which is divided by a number of small canals, guests can take in the traditional houses and fruit plantations lining the banks before meeting local fishermen and learning about their fishing techniques. Afterwards, a visit to a local brick kiln reveals how residents create their beautiful ceramics. Experience this on our Southeast Asia & Hong Kong itinerary. V I E W E XC U R SI O N V I E W E XC U R SI O N
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The world of truffles: hunting & tasting From wood carvers to wine makers, our Working World experiences allow guests to glimpse people from all walks of life perfecting their craft — and The World Of Truffles: Hunting & Tasting is one of our standout examples. Grown in the ground near oak and hazelnut trees, truffles are notoriously difficult to locate. During this full-day tour, guests embark on a scenic drive through the French countryside to the Périgord region, with its picturesque forests, charming villages and timehonoured traditions centred around vikingcruises.com
food — specifically the black truffle. Guests then visit a truffle farmer’s home, where they learn about the elusive black Périgord truffle and the intricate art of truffle hunting before joining the farmer and his hound on a stroll around the historic town of Saint-Émilion — home to world-famous wineries, magnificent architecture and great monuments. Later, they will also have the chance to taste delicious truffles during a beautiful lunch. Experience this on our Châteaux, Rivers & Wine itinerary. V I E W E XC U R SI O N
EDVARD MUNCH'S ART ON BOARD VIKING SUN
By Anthony Dennis, Editor of Traveller The full version of this article originally appeared in the weekly Traveller liftout in The Sydney Morning Herald and The Age. The Viking Sun is a true cultural flagship. Outside of Oslo, the Norwegian capital, the ship's owner, Viking Cruises, in a serious nod to its Nordic heritage, owns the largest collection of Munch works. All of the 35 works adorn the walls of vessels such as the Viking Sun, one of six ultra-modern ocean-going ships in the Viking fleet. Viking's art collection, complementing the restrained, lightfilled and blond-timbered Nordic-style ship interiors, also includes lauded paintings by Norway's 81-year-old Queen Sonja, once the subject of an Andy Warhol lithograph. On my circuits around Viking Sun's salubrious decks, it is, perhaps unsurprisingly, the works of the expressionist Munch that most intrigue and inspire. I soon learn that Norway's most celebrated artist first
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took up the brush aged 12, dedicating the rest of what's been described as a nomadic, turbulent and bohemian life to art. Impressive as it is, Viking's Munch collection pales compared with the painter's own output which saw him, over six decades until his death in 1944, create more than 2000 paintings and tens of thousands of prints. Aside from the seven original Munch works hanging aboard Viking Sun, including the sensual, perhaps suitably named 1896 lithograph On the Waves of Love, Viking has secured digital rights to the entire collection of the artist's work via a partnership with Olso's venerable Munch Museum. Each night on a giant screen in Viking Sun's central atrium, a thematic presentation entitled "Munch Moments" showcases a selection of the painter's works, including self-portraits and a cameo by The Scream. The presentation is accompanied in part by a musical recital which includes works by another notable Norwegian, the 19th-century composer Edvard Grieg. A confronting swirling motif emblematic of the angst that can suddenly overwhelm the human condition â€” even in a part of the world known for its phlegmatic natives â€” The Scream actually consists of four versions painted between 1893 and 1910. It was perfectly described in a verse by Munch in his own diary, with the entry referring to a setting-sun "blood red" sky that left the artist "trembling with anxiety" resulting in "an infinite scream passing through nature".
Fortunately, after five indulgent days of my passage through the watery nature of the vast Pacific, I disembark utterly angst free and fully enlightened about the life and work of the master Munch from a world away, Norway. 27
DESTINATION-FOCUSED DINING AT ITS BEST By Shonagh Walker The Viking Star is a 745-foot-long and 94.5-foot-wide small ship that accommodates just 930 guests, so you’ll never have to fight for a table at one of its topnotch restaurants. With over eight dining spots to choose from, including the award-winning Manfredi’s Italian Restaurant, The Kitchen Table and The Chef’s Table, or 24-hour room service that offers daily destination-themed delights, gastronomes might be tempted never to leave the ship. Breakfasts were enjoyed at The World Cafe on Deck Two. All dietary requirements are catered for, from vegan through to gluten-free, to meat eaters, with roasted vegetables, beans, bacon and eggs, frittata, sausages, French toast and so much more. I typically ate lunch at my onshore destination, but again, The World Cafe has plenty to offer, as does the adjacent Poolside Grill. For dinner, Manfredi’s Italian Restaurant became a firm favourite. Again, all dietary requirements are catered to impeccably. I frequently favour a vegan diet and it was never a problem for the chef to tweak dishes slightly. My regular dining companions were meat eaters and devoured with delight dishes including osso bucco, parmigiana di pollo and a thick-cut rib eye. At every meal, the three of us relished the selection of red wines that the sommelier suggested to accompany each dish. The World Café is also open for dinner, if you prefer a more casual dining experience. You can choose from the buffet or select from the Daily Destination Menu left on your door each morning. vikingcruises.com
UNCOVER THE HIDDEN TREASURES OF SOUTHEAST ASIA From bustling city centres and dramatic landscapes crowned by volcanoes to sacred temples and some of the tastiest cuisines in the world, Southeast Asia truly has something for everyone.
If seeing the highlights of this spectacular region is on your to-do list, our Jewels of Southeast Asia ocean cruise is made for you. This is your chance to explore India, Malaysia, Cambodia and beyond on one sweeping 26-day journey, complete with 11 guided tours, enriching lectures and so much more.
Highlights of this journey include… Goa, India With its string of golden beaches and its vibrant blend of Indian and Portuguese cultures, Goa is one of India’s must-see states.
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Marvel at the renowned Sé Cathedral, the largest church in Asia, and admire the charm of the red-roofed houses, sunny squares and well-kept gardens spread along the Mandovi River. Stroll along the leafy avenues that wind between balconied Portuguese-style buildings, and step inside the beautiful baroque Church of Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception. You will have the chance to visit a working spice farm situated in the lush countryside, where you can sample traditional Goan delicacies prepared using the farm’s produce.
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Bangkok, Thailand Bangkok welcomes more travellers than any other city in the world — and it’s easy to see why. Straddling the Chao Phraya River, this fascinating metropolis blends Thailand’s most cherished traditions with the advances of the modern world. Visit the towering Temple of Dawn and the ornate Marble Temple, then delight your senses at the city’s famous flower market. Uncover priceless antiques at the Prasart Museum and discover the sprawling Grand Palace. Journey down the historic Ratchadamnoen Road, a tree-lined boulevard commissioned by King Chulalongkorn, and indulge in a myriad of local dishes bursting with fresh flavours — think coriander, lemongrass and kaffir lime. Sihanoukville, Cambodia Named after Cambodia’s ruling prince in 1964, Sihanoukville is surrounded by stunning sandy beaches, turquoise water and colourful fishing villages. Hail down a traditional tuk-tuk and journey past Victory Beach, the Independence Monument, the Golden Lions Monument and the famous Wat vikingcruises.com
Leu Temple. Admire the vibrant murals and Buddha sculptures inside Wat Krom Temple, mingle with locals at the lively produce markets and take a stroll along Independence Beach, just as Jackie Kennedy did in 1967. You may even wish to take a day trip to a working pepper farm or Angkor Wat — the largest religious monument in the world and a supreme example of Khmer architecture. Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam Abuzz with scooters and bicycles, and with its rich blend of Vietnamese traditions, Chinese influence and French colonial architecture, Ho Chi Minh City is as diverse as it is dynamic. Explore the city by pedal cab, visiting Reunification Palace, the Municipal Theatre, the soaring neo-Romanesque Notre Dame Cathedral and the elegant Central Post Office. Walk through the colourful Bình Tây Market and stop at a lacquer workshop to witness skilled artisans craft their wares. You will also have the chance to take part in a Vietnamese cooking class or tour the fabled Mekong Delta and its iconic floating markets.
AN INTRODUCTION TO
The Portuguese Language Portuguese is among the top ten languages spoken around the world and is the sole official language of Portugal, Brazil, Mozambique and Angola, just to name a few. The phonology of Portuguese could be described as a blend of Spanish, French and northern Italian, but with a deeper Celtic influence. Mingling with locals can be one of the most rewarding experiences while travelling, and learning how to say just a few simple words in someone’s native language is a fantastic way to connect and show respect. So, if visiting Portugal is on your to-do list, here are a few straightforward words and phrases that might come in handy!
Hello Olá Goodbye Adeus Please Por Favor Thank you Obrigado Yes Sim No Não Good morning Bom dia Good afternoon Boa tarde Good night Boa noite 34
How are you? Como vai você? Sorry, I don’t speak Portuguese Desculpe, eu não falo português Do you speak English? Você fala inglês? Where is the bathroom? Onde fica a casa de banho? What time is it? Que horas são? My name is… Me chamo… What is your name? Qual é o seu nome? It was good to meet you Foi um prazer How much does this cost? Quanto custa? VIKING CRUISES
Portuguese Crème Brûlée
Served on special occasions in Portugal, this rich dessert blends velvety custard with crisp caramelised sugar. A popular dessert among the French and Spanish, this Portuguese recipe includes a lemon peel for an extra zesty touch. IN G R E D IE NT S: 1 litre (4 cups) whole milk 6 egg yolks 2 cinnamon sticks 1 lemon (skin only) 7 tablespoons of sugar 3 tablespoons flour Ground cinnamon
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Pour milk into a saucepan on medium heat and begin stirring with a large spoon or whisk. While still stirring, add egg yolks to the milk.
2. Place the cinnamon sticks and an approximately 1-inch-long piece of fresh lemon peel into the mixture. Gradually, add 4 tablespoons of sugar and 3 tablespoons of cornflour until well combined. 3. Let the mixture thicken, stirring for about 10 to 12 minutes, until the custard has a creamy consistency.
4. Remove from the heat, discard the lemon peel and cinnamon sticks, and pour into a serving dish. Use a spatula to transfer all of the mixture. Let it cool slightly. 5. Sprinkle some sugar evenly on top (about 2 to 3 teaspoons) and burn the sugar with a kitchen torch or under your oven broiler. You should get a thin, caramelised crust. 6. Finish with a gentle dusting of ground cinnamon. Serve warm.
T he Perfect Port of Call
Jill Dupleix explores the picturesque city of Porto on a Viking shore excursion, and discovers how to pass the port.
Jill Dupleix explores the picturesque city of Porto on a Viking shore excursion, and discovers how to "pass the port".
“Pass the port” is a saying I’ve heard all my life, so I’m thrilled that the Viking Jupiter is spending a day in the port of Porto, and not passing it by. Hugging both sides of the wide Douro River estuary, Porto is one of the most beautiful and charming small cities in all of Europe — the perfect size for a walking tour that ends with a tasting of its famous fortified wine. First, we explore the historic city centre, setting off from the eighteenth-century Clerigos Tower, the tallest bell tower in Portugal, and strolling down the steep Praca da Liberdade to the Sao Bento railway station. Train stations aren’t usually places you want to hang around in, but this one is so exquisitely decked out in vast azulejo tiled mosaics depicting the history of Portugal, it’s more of an art gallery and museum. Rua De Flores is next, lined with lively shops, cafes and restaurants — we plead with our guide to stop at Nata Lisboa for a quick stand-up bica (espresso coffee) and pastel de nata, the country’s famously rich, caramelised custard tart. Then it's across the nineteenth38
century Dom Luis Bridge to Vila Nova de Gaia, notable for its steep hills and mosaic-tiled eighteenth-century port houses. All the acclaimed British-owned names are here – Sandeman, Croft, Taylor’s - but we’re in for a special treat with a visit to Pocas (pronounced Poe-sass), one of the most famous locally owned port houses in the city. The business was started in 1918 by Manoel Domingues Pocas, and today holds three immaculate vineyards in VIKING CRUISES
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the finest pockets of the upper Douro River region, where grapes are crushed underfoot by workers moving to loud music. We wander through the still, darkened cellars, gaze in awe at vast barrels that hold up to 1000 litres of port, and visit the on-site cooperage where barrels are made and repaired. By this time, we’re a bit thirsty. Time for a tasting in the elegant visitor’s room, where we learn the difference between ruby port (younger with a full, fruity sweetness and a deep ruby colour) and tawny port (aged longer with a more complex, less sweet flavour and browner colour).
The final glass is of a pretty, pale pink rosé port, served chilled as an aperitif or mixed with tonic, that’s designed to appeal to the millennial drinker. Clearly, the Portuguese have worked out how to "pass the port" to the next generation.
PORTUGAL’S RIVER OF GOLD LISBON – PORTO 10 DAYS | 8 GUIDED TOURS | 2 COUNTRIES SET SAIL MAR – OCT 2020; APR – DEC 2021 From $4,795pp in Standard stateroom From $6,495pp in Veranda stateroom VIEW ITINER ARY FREE SPA CREDIT
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FOR HISTORY BUFFS THE BEST ITINERARIES
Viking cruises are designed to help you explore and engage with every destination through its history and culture, which is why you will find a resident historian and several guest lecturers on board each of our award-winning ships. But when it comes to history-packed voyages, the following four itineraries are unbeatable.
CITIES OF ANTIQUITY & THE HOLY LAND: ROME TO ATHENS OR VICE VERSA
This incredible 15-day journey will see you visiting some of the most historic sites in the world â€” from the Colosseum to the Church of the Holy Sepulchre. In Rome, you will have the chance to view the transcendent wonders of Vatican City, including the Sistine Chapel. On the island of Crete, you will visit the Heraklion Archaeological Museum, which delves into the remarkable history of the Minoans. The Western Wall and the Temple Mount await you in Jerusalem, and an optional excursion to Bethlehem will reveal the sacred Church of the Nativity. In Athens, see the mighty Parthenon and the Temple of Olympian Zeus, then journey back to the beginning of Greek civilisation at the National Archaeological Museum. VIEW ITINER ARY
SOUTH AMERICA & THE CHILEAN FJORDS: BUENOS AIRES TO SANTIAGO OR VICE VERSA
On this exciting 18-day voyage, discover the evolution of the tango in Buenos Aires and learn about the first naval battle of World War II at Montevideo’s Naval Museum. Uncover the intriguing history of Ushuaia — “the city at the end of the world” — including stories from the old prison, which is now home to a series of fascinating exhibits. In Port Stanley, visit the world’s most southerly Anglican church with its famous whalebone arch, then see the battle sites of the Falklands War. Experience how the ancient indigenous Mapuche culture thrives in the metropolis of Santiago and watch a demonstration of a Chilean rodeo while enjoying a glass of locally made wine. VIEW ITINER ARY
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PARIS & THE HEART OF NORMANDY: PARIS TO ROUEN TO PARIS
This eight-day cruise along the Seine will reveal some of France’s most iconic and historic attractions — think the Arc de Triomphe, the Palace of Versailles, the Eiffel Tower and Château de Malmaison, the last French residence of Napoleon Bonaparte. In Paris, you will have the chance to visit the Louvre and the majestic Sacré-Coeur Basilica, while Normandy will reveal significant World War II landmarks such as Omaha Beach, the American Military Cemetery and the Arromanches D-Day Museum. And in countryside Giverny, you will visit the enchanting gardens and estate that inspired Claude Monet.
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IMPERIAL JEWELS OF CHINA: BEIJING TO SHANGHAI OR VICE VERSA
Immerse yourself in China’s imperial history on this stunning 14-day river cruise. In Beijing, visit Tiananmen Square, behold one of the most impressive sections of the Great Wall and explore the Forbidden City. See the magnificent Terra Cotta Warriors and attend a Tang Dynasty dinner show in Xian. Visit the Hubei Provincial Museum in Wuhan, where you can hear the music of ancient bronze bells and view relics from 400 BC. And in vibrant Shanghai, stroll the pathways of the Yuyuan Garden, which dates back to the Ming Dynasty, and visit the spectacular Shanghai Museum, which features art and antiquities from 5,000 years of China’s history. VIEW ITINER ARY
MEET THE HISTORIAN
Viking Resident Historian How long have you been with Viking’s resident historian program? A university colleague referred me to Viking in late 2017. I’d initially been a bit put off by the reputation of some cruise lines. However, I did my due diligence on Viking and discovered that it was entirely different — with interested and interesting guests, a well thoughtout education program and elegant, comfortable facilities. After going on board the Viking Sun on its inaugural World Cruise in 2018, I was sold. Can you tell us about your interests and areas of specialisation? My professional work has focused on the history of Indonesia. I am fascinated by the processes which turned an archipelago of diverse cultures and peoples into a single, modern nation — albeit one that still faces many challenges. But have many other vikingcruises.com
interests. With two colleagues, I wrote a book on the cultural history of the orangutan to examine the ways in which people have been intrigued by the close resemblance between humans and orangutans over the last four centuries. What three history books would you recommend to our readers? Lost History of Christianity: The Thousand-Year Golden Age of the Church in the Middle East, Africa, and Asia–and How It Died by Philip Jenkins. This is one of those fascinating books that uncovers a world that I had no idea about until I read it. Forests of Ash: An Environmental History by Tom Griffiths. It’s a great story of the way that Australians have coped with living in a land of bushfires. East West Street by Philippe Sands. It’s an intriguing book, part autobiographical, that traces the life stories of three important thinkers on international law and genocide back to the city now known as Lviv (in Ukraine) but once called Lemberg, when it was part of the Austro-Hungarian empire. 43
Enrichment Manager, Ocean Cruises 1. What attracted you to Viking and how long have you been working with us? I started with Viking in January 2015, just before we launched our first ocean ship, Viking Star. 2. What does your job entail? I manage the Enrichment program across our entire Ocean fleet. This involves recruiting guest speakers and resident historians to deliver interesting and destination-based lectures. I also recruit Resident Astronomers for Viking Orion and Jupiter, where our Explorer Dome planetarium lets you gaze into space. 3. What do you find most challenging about your job? Assigning more than 450 speakers across six ships is a logistical puzzle! It can be challenging to fit in with each speaker availability and ensure their expertise is matched to the best itinerary. 44
4. What do you find most rewarding about your job? Feedback that lets me know guests are enjoying the program. This is what my job is all about â€” ensuring our guests learn something new about the region they are cruising in. 5. How does Viking ensure guests enjoy an enriching and educational experience as they holiday? With such a large choice of experts, I select the best speakers who can deliver an enriching and educational program. Every cruise has a mix of around four expert speakers, plus the lectures are recorded so you never miss one! We also have smaller discussion groups and one-on-one sessions with our resident historian, along with Q&A sessions with our resident astronomer. 6. What is your most important piece of advice for guests? Travel with an open mind, soak up the atmosphere around you and enjoy every minute! VIKING CRUISES
Top Three Wine Regions You Can Visit With Viking Casablanca Valley Chile’s coastal Casablanca Valley boasts an ideal climate for producing top-quality Sauvignon Blanc and Chardonnay. On our South America & the Chilean Fjords ocean cruise, you can sample delicious, crisp vintages at either Casas del Bosque, William Cole Vineyards or Viñamar.
Douro Valley Portugal’s picturesque Douro Valley — a UNESCO World Heritage site — is the world’s oldest demarcated wine region and is primarily known for its production of fortified Port wine. During our Portugal’s River of Gold river cruise, you will have the chance to tour through the cellars of Real Companhia Velha — Portugal's oldest and most emblematic wine company.
Bordeaux France’s Bordeaux region is home to some of the most prestigious wines in the world. Over 90 per cent of Bordeaux wines are red, containing Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon grapes. Our Châteaux, Rivers & Wine river cruise will see you learning about — and sampling — these prized wines during a visit to a local château. vikingcruises.com
A VOYAGE THROUGH TIME By Anna Curtis
The full version of this article originally appeared in the October 2019 edition of Mindfood. We’re making our way down Edinburgh’s busy Royal Mile when our tour guide — a Scottish gentleman named Peter — beckons me away from the group. “Quick, follow me” he says, before pointing under the low brick archway of what appears to be an unremarkable cobblestoned alleyway. “Jamie Fraser’s print shop,” he whispers and nods. Peter heads back to the group, who he is leading on a walking tour of Scotland’s capital. My Outlander secret is safe, for now. I stand alone in Bakehouse Close — named because when the city and its castle was still walled, this laneway was a dead-end, closed to the world outside. I turn slowly on the spot as 18th century Jacobite-era Edinburgh appears amid the dreary Scottish weather. You see, I’ve been romanced by historic TV dramas like Outlander, The Crown, Downton Abbey and Vikings. History is having much more than a moment on our small screens right now, so I’m cruising on Viking’s 15-day British Isles Explorer itinerary with the aim of better understanding the histories which inspired many a TV series. My journey is with the line that bills itself as ‘the thinking person’s cruise’. The beauty of Viking is that the itineraries, excursions and enrichment activities are designed to suit both subject matter experts and entry-level historians. The only requirement is that you’re hungry to learn. My pick of the top three destinations for lovers of historic TV dramas: Oxford & Surrounds Before we set sail, I’ve chosen to take part in the three-day Oxford and Highclere Castle extension. vikingcruises.com
EDINBURGH CASTLE, SCOTLAND
This is an exclusive Viking excursion that takes guests into the rolling hills of the English countryside, with privileged access to the monumental country home which is the setting for Downton Abbey — known as Highclere Castle — as well as Blenheim Palace, birthplace of Winston Churchill. At Highclere Castle — AKA ‘the real Downton Abbey’ — Viking guests are treated to a cup of tea and private tour of the many stately public rooms. Though it’s very much home for the Earl and Countess of Carnarvon, fans of the Downton Abbey series will note that almost all the furniture is just as it appears on the show. Edinburgh At the waters’ edge of Edinburgh, you’ll find the Queen’s beloved Royal Yacht Britannia. Fans of The Crown will know that this ship takes on a starring role in season two for Prince Phillip’s world tour, visiting far-flung reaches of the commonwealth like Australia, Tonga and Papua New Guinea. For over 40 years, the yacht sailed more than a million nautical miles and served as a floating royal palace, bearing witness to state visits, official receptions, royal family holidays and honeymoons. Decommissioned in 1997, almost nothing has changed since that day. All the clocks still read 3:01 — when the Queen disembarked for the final time. 48
SHETLAND ISLANDS, SCOTLAND
The Shetland Islands The Shetland and Orkney Islands were part of the Danish-Norwegian empire for hundreds of years, so there is arguably nowhere else in the UK where the Viking connection is so visible — and celebrated. While Vikings was actually filmed in Ireland’s countryside, these remote Atlantic islands are the real thing. The buildings in Shetland look much more Scandinavian than British. The names of the people and places, and the geographical features of the landscape, have their origins in Scandinavia. A visit to the Up Helly Aa Exhibition brings Viking stories to life. Each year in January, the Up Helly Aa fire festival takes place — a tradition which has its roots firmly in the Shetland’s Viking past and involves hundreds of local costumed vikingcruises.com
‘Vikings’ marching through Lerwick. If you’re not brave enough to visit in chilly January, this exhibition is the next best thing. FREE SPA CREDIT Reykjavík
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BRITISH ISLES EXPLORER BERGEN – LONDON or vice versa 15 DAYS | 12 GUIDED TOURS | 6 COUNTRIES SET SAIL MAY – AUG 2020; MAR – SEP 2021 From $8,795pp in Deluxe Veranda From $9,995pp in Penthouse Veranda VIEW ITINER ARY
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THINGS TO DO IN RUSSIA Our Waterways of the Tsars river cruise itinerary is packed with unique, once-in-a-lifetime experiences, but these are our top five…
ASCEND THE JORDAN STAIRCASE AT THE HERMITAGE
Housed in the former Winter Palace, St. Petersburg's Hermitage Museum is the second-largest art museum in the world. As you climb the 18thcentury Jordan Staircase to the upper exhibition levels, you will be surrounded by dazzling golden stuccowork and glimmering marble statues. Plus, see more with Viking's Privileged Access to the Hermitage's private vaults.
SEE MOSCOW ILLUMINATED AT NIGHT
Masters of light and design have placed bulbs and beams throughout Moscow’s city centre so that the spectacular colours of its landmark buildings and parks are on full display after dark. Delight in the vibrant greens, reds and blues illuminating major monuments, including the Kremlin and St. Basil’s Cathedral.
MARVEL AT THE AMBER ROOM OF CATHERINE’S PALACE
Inside St. Petersburg's Catherine Palace — a magnificent example of baroque architecture — pause to take in the Amber Room, once described as the “Eighth Wonder of the World”. The room is a priceless piece of art, with shining amber panels, mirrors, gold leaf detailing and gemstone embellishments.
EXPLORE THE KREMLIN
The Kremlin is a vast fortified complex in the centre of Moscow dating back to the 12th century. It features five palaces, four cathedrals, a museum and twenty towers. The walled city was long a symbol of Soviet power and now serves as the official residence of the Russian president.
STEP INSIDE THE CHURCH OF THE SAVIOUR ON SPILLED BLOOD
Erected on the site where Alexander II was assassinated in St. Petersburg in 1881, the Church of the Saviour on Spilled Blood harks back to medieval Russian architecture and contains over 7,500 square metres of intricate mosaics detailing biblical scenes.
The Hermitage vault gives an insight into the lives of the very wealthy, the craftsmanship of the era including fabulous lacework, sewing and which is beautifully preserved — Glenda, Viking Guest FREE ONBOARD GIFT LAKE LADOGA
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WATERWAYS OF THE TSARS MOSCOW – ST. PETERSBURG or vice versa 13 DAYS | 10 GUIDED TOURS | 1 COUNTRY SET SAIL MAY – OCT 2020 ; MAY – OCT 2021 From $7,995pp in Deluxe stateroom From $9,895pp in Veranda stateroom VIEW ITINER ARY
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