This week, viking® marks the second anniversary of its award-winning enrichment chain, Viking.TV (https://viking.tv), with new content highlighting the “Back On Board” life. Launched in March 2020, Viking.TV was designed as a way to build community and stay connected with people and places around the world. After 24 months, Viking.TV was enjoyed by over two and a half million viewers and streamed over 700 live sessions featuring original content, Viking cultural partners and virtual Privileged Access®.
“Two years ago, Viking.TV was created to provide a daily source of positivity, learning and connection, when there was great uncertainty and isolation in the world. said Karine Hagen, executive vice president of Viking. “Thank you to everyone who participated in this special online community, including our esteemed guests, hosts and cultural partners. As many of us travel again and discover incredible destinations around the world, we will continue to provide cultural enrichment on Viking.TV which completes the exploration in a significant way.
During the consultation with two of Viking’s godmothers, NASA astronaut Dr Anna Fisher and polar explorer Liv Arnesen, both well trained in survival techniques during times of isolation – aboard the space shuttle and crossing Antarctica, respectively – it was clear that routine is key to well-being in times of stress and isolation. So, Viking.TV was designed to air at the same time every day to give viewers – both Viking travelers and those who have yet to travel with Viking – something to look forward to, which would not only enrich their minds, but their would also provide the opportunity to engage with experts live, albeit virtually. Viking.TV live stream sessions begin daily at 2:00 p.m. Eastern / 11:00 a.m. Pacific Time, with all content archived and available on-demand for anyone who cannot watch broadcast origin time.
Viking.TV: Two years of enriching content
Since March 2020, Viking.TV offers exclusive interviews and live Q&As with notable explorers, museum curators, musicians, astronauts, actors, artists, performers, photographers, filmmakers and more again. Highlights include:
- Mondays – Museum directors, curators and experts from Viking Cultural Partners organized privileged virtual access to cultural institutions around the world, including the Munch Museum in Oslo, the British Museum in London, the Norwegian-American Museum in Vesterheim Iowa and the Henry Ford Museum of American Innovation in Michigan.
- Tuesdays – Resident Viking historians, who typically offer a destination-specific curriculum on ocean routes, shared virtual lectures on world history. Additionally, resident Viking photographer Alastair Miller hosted conversations with the likes of wildlife filmmaker Amos Nachoum; artist Daniel Wurtzel; Claude Monet’s great-grandson, Philippe Piguet; Rottet Studios architect Richard Riveire, who spoke about the design of Viking’s new ships; and more. Alastair also documented his journey sailing with Viking on the Rhine in a week of original content titled “Alastair’s Voyages: The Rhine”.
- Wednesdays – In the spirit of exploration, Wednesdays featured sessions with explorers including archaeologist Anne Stine Ingstad and Thor Heyerdahl, Jr., whose father crossed the Pacific Ocean on the Kon-Tiki raft, as well as members of the Viking Expedition Team as they prepared for Antarctic voyages. Wednesdays also featured sessions with other members of the Viking family who inspired wanderlust through glimpses of travels around the world. Additional Wednesday sessions were devoted to the arts, featuring interviews with Los Angeles opera maestro James Conlon, Royal Academy of Arts curator Ann Dumas and more.
- Thursdays – Every Thursday, Anne Diamond, iconic British television journalist and godmother of Viking Venus®, interviews important personalities, including world-renowned cellist Yo-Yo Ma; the Earl and Countess of Carnarvon; the Duke of Devonshire; former PBS MASTERPIECE executive producer Rebecca Eaton; “Mrs. Patmore,” actress Lesley Nicol; “Monty Python” actor Sir Michael Palin; award-winning French chef Eric Ripert; polar explorers Liv Arnesen and Ann Bancroft; and accomplished musicians Alma and Helen Deutscher.
- Fridays – The Countess of Carnarvon has led more than 20 privileged-access virtual tours and glimpses into life at her home, Highclere Castle, widely credited as the filming location for Downton Abbey. Additional ‘at home’ sessions were hosted by members of the Viking family, providing local insight into iconic destinations from New Zealand to Scotland. A special session even explored space as home with a panel of former astronauts.
- Saturdays – Yoga instructor Mona Therese leads Mind & Body yoga sessions every Saturday.
- Sundays – Sunday sessions included musical performances by our onboard artists and exclusive concerts by Sissel Kyrkjebø, Norwegian national treasure and godmother of Viking Jupiter®.
All sessions are available at Viking.TV vast library of content archived and at the viewer’s leisure. Also on Viking.TV there are over 200 original short-lived Destination Insight documentaries and 60 additional content from Viking Cultural Partners, with programming from TED, BBC’s Wonderstruck, Libera and more. Plus, a new video showcasing Viking.TV highlights of the past two years has been published online here.
Viking.TV Recognition and Viewer Feedback
Over the past two years, Viking.TV has received accolades for the channel and received the “Breakthrough Award for Product Innovation” as part of the 2020 Silver Travel Awards. Additionally, viewers continue to write to Viking with comments of gratitude for the opportunity. exploration and cultural enrichment from home. Here are some examples of comments:
- “We just wanted to write and thank Viking for the live programming and include ourselves in this beautiful enrichment series… THANK YOU again for the well balanced enrichment that connects people and lands around the world. Understanding builds empathy ~ and empathy is the bridge that helps connect the human family sharing this planet. – Adriane L.
- “We really appreciate the myriad of offerings on your video channel. Each person brings their unique personality and experiences to help us feel included and eager to venture into this new year.” –Marsha and Jack D.
- “We enjoyed Viking.TV ahead of our Rhine-Danube cruise. Thank you for these shows that certainly make you want to travel. –John F.
- “I’ve spoken to so many people about Viking.TV. I’ve learned so much already and I keep looking back over the weeks to find things I missed. – Mardelle M.
- “Thank you very much for putting Viking.TV on the web! A wonderful idea and incredibly rich and instructive programs! Thanks again for your selfless sharing, especially during a time of quarantine for so many millions! -Sandy C.
- “Thank you so much for Viking.TV. It has kept us afloat during the pandemic. – Lynn K.