UP CLOSE WITH HISTORY
Karine Hagen is your host on the new Viking Cruises Exploring More website. Featuring a wide selection of award-winning Viking short films Hagen shares some of her favorite insights into world cultures. Every single one of them qualifies to be featured in our BEST VIDEO effort to scour the internet for additional sources of cruise inspiration.
Vice President of Viking Cruises. Hagen spends much of her life traveling the world, developing new itineraries and experiences for Viking River Cruises and Viking Ocean Cruises as well. A big part of what drives that effort is an unwavering desire to gain insights into local lives and working worlds. These are some of the core elements that Viking Travelers enjoy most along with privileged access to places few have the opportunity to visit.
The new standalone Viking Exploring More website gathers a number of video also available on the Viking Cruises website and adds new selections as well interesting features not found elsewhere. One of our favorite sections includes a part of the world many cruise travelers have never been to before: Asia. Video selections, like the real time Viking experience, cover both that part of the world in a global way then get specific to topics of high interest (Pandas), culinary interests (Karine Cooks Noodles) and engaging activities with video that runs the range of interest from visiting a school in China, learning Calligraphy, making Chinese Tea and more.
Highlighting the focus of what Viking does and how they do it in a consistent manner, a video all about Chinese Porcelain was of particular interest to us. Not long ago on a Viking River Cruise in Europe, the day’s included tour stopped by the Meisen Porcelain Factory where we bought some lovely dishes to bring home. We use those from time to time and that always brings back great memories of our trip on Germany’s Elegant Elbe. Take a look at this BEST VIDEO selection and look for more of these from Viking to be featured in this space going forward. It’s one more reason to like the clear brand message we get from Viking on each and every sailing.
Another example: A current contest in celebration of being named the #1 Ocean Cruise Line by Travel + Leisure readers in the World’s Best Awards 2016 brings a chance to win a free Viking cruise. Highlighting the value of learning, geography and the amazing places we can go on a Viking Cruise, the month-long Viking Trivia Challenge is selecting a winner every day to receive a copy of The Kitchen Table cookbook. Better yet, the chance to win an ocean cruise for two. Four weeks, four quizzes, more chances to win.
Just how immersive can a cruise be? Check these posts from our Viking River Cruises Elegant Elbe sailing:
- Viking Elegant Elbe: Getting Ready To Sail
- Sailing Viking: Off We Go
- Sailing Viking: Flying Across The Pond
- Sailing Viking: Our First (Very) Full Day
- Sailing Viking: Free Time Jackpot
- Sailing Viking: Scenic Cruising, No Ship Required
- Sailing Viking: The Magical Ship Swap
- Sailing Viking: History Comes To Life
- Sailing Viking: Visiting Lutherland
- The Viking Advantage: The Nature Of Travel, Applied
- The Viking Advantage: We Would Gladly Repeat Our Experience
Want more? See our Flickr Photo Albums from Germany and Viking River Cruises Elegant Elbe itinerary:
Flickr Photo Albums:
- Wittenberg Elbe River Cruising
- Martin Luther Tour
- Viking Beyla Onboard
- Wittenberg Germany
- Viking Beyla Photo Tour
- Meissen Germany
- Meissen Porcelain Factory
- Viking Astrild Photo Tour
- Elbe River Scenic Cruising
- Dresden Germany
- Bastel Park
- Prague, Czech Republic
- Prague Tour
- Travel Day
Facebook Photo Albums
- Meissen, Germany
- Viking Astrild – a smaller Viking Longship built for the Elbe River
- Four Days In Wittenberg, Germany
- Bastel Park, Germany
- Unexpected Bonus: Elbe River Scenic Cruising