Charles Doherty, Chief Viking Resident Historian © Viking Cruises

Viking Cruises has announced the rollout of its new onboard Viking Resident Historian programme.

“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.”

Launching on Viking Star, Viking Sea and Viking Sky this month, a faculty of historians will provide guests with a historical and cultural education that is specific to their sailing itinerary, offering a framework for understanding the major chapters in world history.

Viking Resident Historians will also conduct seminar-style roundtables – smaller, more intimate forums for discussion with guests, where they will examine in-depth subjects related to their own area of specialisation and/or particular areas of interest of the guests.

The lectures are exclusively produced by Viking, under the tutelage of Charles Doherty, Chief Viking Resident Historian. They are standardised as a core curriculum to guarantee consistency throughout the fleet, regardless of which Viking Resident Historian is giving it.

As with other onboard lectures, the Viking Resident Historian series will be presented in The Theater – and will also be filmed and made available for guests on the in-room entertainment system for the duration of the cruise.

Additionally, the series is currently being professionally filmed in-studio, and starting in early 2018 will be available in its entirety on-demand through the in-room entertainment system on all of Viking’s river and ocean ships.