“Why I love being a Viking godmother”Lady Fiona Carnarvon
You recently became godmother of Viking Mars. What can guests expect to see on board?
They have charming corners to sit in, different places to eat and amazing views across the waves and out to sea. There’s something special about being at sea – I find the colour blue tremendously calming and peaceful and it gives everyone, especially me, a sense of perspective.
Which Viking cruises have you been on that you particularly enjoyed and why?
It’s been so interesting to share his photographs with Viking, and I have been amazed to find the depth and quality of his photography. He loved taking photographs of Egyptian people as well as the landmarks, architecture and works of art in Egypt.
Building on Viking’s longstanding relationship with the Carnarvon family, guests who sail on board Viking Osiris will experience Privileged Access to memories from 1922 and the events surrounding the discovery of King Tutankhamun’s tomb.
You’ll be publishing your book about Tutankhamun in October. Can you tell us anymore about this?
His passion was Egypt; he was looking for Tutankhamun and of course, extraordinarily, he found him.
You are a regular guest on Viking.TV with your ‘At Home at Highclere’ series. Why do you think it has been such a success?
It’s a great resource for those who love travel and want to learn about certain topics or destinations in detail.
What do you enjoy about the channel?
Can you tell us about the exclusive privileged access and pre/post extensions that feature the Highclere estate?
We worked with Karine to develop excursions featuring the estate and I believe they are amongst the highest rated worldwide. For example, Highclere Castle is part of Viking’s ‘British Collections of Ancient Egypt’ pre-cruise extension on the Pharaohs & Pyramids Nile itinerary.
It gives an introduction to Egyptian antiquities in preparation for the Nile experience, and retraces the steps of Howard Carter and the fifth Earl of Carnarvon.
Guests gain special access to archives and museum exhibits not normally accessible to the public, and at Highclere Castle they also have the chance view the Earl’s private collection of Egyptian artifacts.
Which destination would you like to go to on a Viking ship?