Hurtigruten temporarily suspends expedition cruises

2020-08-03T15:12:45+00:00 August 3rd, 2020|Safety|

In response to a coronavirus outbreak on board Roald Amundsen, Hurtigruten has temporarily suspended all expedition sailings.

This suspension will affect the ships ‘Roald Amundsen, Fridtjof Nansen and Spitsbergen until further notice.

Some 36 crew members and several guests on board ‘Roald Amundsen’ have tested positive for COVID-19.

“The safety and well-being of our guests and crew is Hurtigruten’s number one priority. We are now focusing all available efforts in taking care of our guests and colleagues. We are working closely with the Norwegian National and Local Health Authorities for follow-up, information, further testing, and infection tracking,” said Hurtigruten CEO, Daniel Skjeldam.

“In light of the recent increase in new cases of COVID-19 globally, the only responsible choice is to suspend all expedition sailings until we are absolutely confident, we can carry out our operations in line with all requirements from the authorities and with the even stricter requirements we have set for ourselves,” Skjeldam added.

As of today, Hurtigruten is informing guests booked on the now cancelled voyages.

This decision has no impact on Hurtigruten’s coastal Norway operations, the company stressed.