Viking Announces Partnership With The Downton Abbey Film
Viking Cruises announced it has partnered with Focus Features, Universal Pictures and Carnival Films for the release of the new full-length film Downton Abbey. Viking became a household name during its sponsorship of the celebrated series and this new premier partnership builds on the company’s continued commitment to enriching cultural programming. For years, Viking has offered guests to experience life at Highclere Castle, the filming location of Downton Abbey.
In celebration of the premiere, the company today unveiled a new Pre/Post Cruise Extension, Great Homes, Gardens & Gin, which was designed to give guests an exclusive look at several country estates that have served as the settings of acclaimed PBS and MASTERPIECE productions.
Starting in 2021, the new five-day extension will be available on Viking’s Rhine Getaway river cruise itinerary andBritish Isles Explorerocean cruise itinerary. The program includes a tour of Highclere Castle, as well as a visit to the gardens of Highgrove House, the private home of Charles, The Prince of Wales.
“Many of our guests were introduced to both Viking and Highclere Castle while watching the Downton Abbey series. For this reason, we are linked in the minds of many Downton Abbey fans,” said Karine Hagen, Executive Vice President of Viking. “Partnering for the release of the new film is a natural extension of our close relationship with Highclere Castle and our close personal friendship with the Earl and Countess of Carnarvon – with whom we proudly created Viking’s highest-rated cruise extension.”
Viking & Highclere Castle
Today’s announcement of the new extension visiting Highclere Castle, the home of the Earl and Countess of Carnarvon, builds on the success of Viking’s longstanding relationship with the Carnarvon family. Viking also offers Oxford & Highclere Castle which is available for guests on select river and ocean cruise itineraries. This Privileged Access extension was co-created with Karine Hagen and the Carnarvon family. The extension provides guests with an exclusive three-day experience in the hills of England’s countryside with a tour of the castle and estate.
Earlier this year, Viking also announced the five-day British Collections of Ancient Egypt, a Pre-Cruise Extension for the Pharaohs & Pyramids Nile River cruise itinerary, which gives guests an introduction to Egyptian antiquities in preparation for their Nile experience. Guests experience Privileged Access to archives and museum exhibits not normally accessible to the public, and at Highclere Castle, have the opportunity view the earl’s private collection of Egyptian artifacts.
From now through 30SEP, 2019, U.S. residents can take advantage of special savings on cruise fares, and up to free air on select 2019, 2020 and 2021 ocean and river itineraries.