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Viking wants you to learn as you cruise with its new resident historian programme

If you like to learn as you travel, you may be interested to know that Viking Cruises is rolling out its new resident historian programme on board eleven of its ocean cruise ships. The Viking Resident Historian programme will see a faculty of historians providing guests with a high-level historical and cultural education that is specific to their journey.

Viking has introduced a resident historian programme. Image: Viking Cruises
Viking has introduced a resident historian programme. Image: Viking Cruises

The historians will offer a framework for understanding the major chapters in world history. They will also conduct round-table discussions to examine in-depth subjects related to their own area of specialisation or particular areas of interest to the guests.

Their duties will include presenting iconic lectures, hosting history-themed dinner discussions, one-on-one time with guests, and being available for guest questions and interactions. They will be supplemented by onboard guest lecturers, who will contribute their particular expertise of the region, in areas like art, architecture and music.

Viking has introduced a resident historian programme. Image: Viking Cruises
Viking has introduced a resident historian programme. Image: Viking Cruises

“Our guests are explorers – they are curious travellers who want to learn,” said Karine Hagen, senior vice president of Viking Cruises. “Having a fundamental understanding of iconic historical events in the destinations our guests visit helps bring a deeper understanding of the present – and perhaps also a better perspective on the future.”

The lectures are exclusively produced under the tutelage of Dr. Charles Doherty, chief Viking resident historian. The first three historians featured onboard three of the ocean cruise ships this spring are Dr. Mark Callaghan, Lt. Colonel Tony Coutts-Britton and Dr. Fenella Bazin.

For additional information, please visit Viking Cruises.

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