Cultural Enrichment

Our onboard cultural enrichment program is curated to supplement your experiences ashore and features a collection of carefully selected experts and brand partnerships.

Viking Resident Historians®

Our carefully selected faculty of historians provide an enhanced level of enrichment, delivering high-level historic and cultural education specific to your journey through iconic lectures, including “The Roman Empire,” “The Vikings” and “Imperial Russia”; roundtable discussions, where you can engage in a smaller, more intimate group setting; and daily “office hours” for one-on-one time with guests.

World-Class Lectures

Complement your onshore experiences with our onboard lecture program, designed to shed light on your destination’s art, architecture, music, geopolitics, natural world and more. They are hosted by a wide range of experts, from authors and archaeologists to former diplomats and news correspondents, eager to share their knowledge with you.

TED Talks

Viking is proud to partner with TED, a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization devoted to spreading bold new ideas and sparking conversation. Curious minds watch TED’s short, powerful talks focused on the arts, history, geography, science, longevity and more to gain a deeper understanding of the world. TED Talks are screened on board our ocean fleet and are also available on stateroom televisions.

Destination Performances

Each Viking itinerary includes one or more Destination Performances representing the most iconic cultural performing art form of the region—whether it be Catalan rumba, created by Roma in Barcelona; Portuguese fado, with its melancholy melodies and poignant lyrics; traditional Greek dancing; Italian opera, a centuries-old storytelling art form; or world-renowned Mariinsky Theatre performers from St. Petersburg.

Munch Moments

Through an exclusive relationship with Oslo’s Munch Museum, Viking has been granted the digital rights to the entire collection of Norway’s most famous artist, Edvard Munch. Our “Munch Moments” bring the magic of this master expressionist on board, with a daily, interactive event that showcases several pieces of his great art curated by theme each afternoon in the comfort of The Living Room.

The Met Under the Stars

A Peabody Award and two-time Emmy winner, the Metropolitan Opera’s Live in HD takes you beyond an ordinary visit to the opera. During this Privileged Access filmed performance under the starlit “sky” of The Theater, you will enjoy the world-class production intercut with backstage interviews, costume and set changes, and insight into technical details.

Port Talks

Amsterdam. Bergen. Venice. San Juan. Vancouver. Tokyo. Sydney. Gain an overview of your next day’s port of call through informative multimedia presentations covering the history and culture of your destination, as well as highlights of must-see landmarks. And feel prepared for each new day of exploration with a deeper understanding of the places you will visit.

Destination Insights

Join us for a special series of short films intended to inform you about the iconic destinations and little-known gems you will be visiting. This series provides insights and information intended to deepen your understanding—and enjoyment—of the time ahead, and perhaps encourage you to engage with your destinations in a way you otherwise would not have.

Viking Art & Design Guide

Should you wish to familiarize yourself with your ship before traveling, you can download our free app before you go. Also, hear behind-the-scenes stories of our Scandinavian public spaces, with insightful commentary from your host, Karine Hagen. Once on board, you can use the app to enjoy a self-guided tour of our Nordic art collection, covering a broad spectrum of genres and eras.


Viking Resident Musicians

Bringing classical music alive, our resident pianist, guitarist, violinist and flautist perform calming classical compositions throughout the ship. We hope you will find yourself transported by the chamber music of the Viking Resident Musicians and enjoy some of the benefits of classical music—lifting your spirit, soothing your soul and adding to your onboard enrichment.

The Kitchen Table

At our onboard cooking school, experience firsthand how our world-class chefs bring distinct, local flavors from market to table. On sea days, learn to cook dishes highlighting an upcoming destination. On port days, handpick ingredients at a local market, then learn how to prepare regional dishes and create elegant three-course presentations. This is a one-of-a-kind optional opportunity to shop, cook and eat with the masters.