As a response to the coronavirus outbreak on board Roald Amundsen, Hurtigruten announced it is temporarily suspending all expedition sailings on Roald Amundsen, Fridtjof Nansen and Spitsbergen until further notice.

36 crew members and several guests have tested positive for COVID-19 in the outbreak on board the expedition cruise ship Roald Amundsen which remains in Tromso after the last voyage neded last Friday.

‘The safety and well-being of our guests and crew is Hurtigruten’s number one priority,’ said Daniel Skjeldam, CEO of Hurtigruten.

Infection tracking

He added the company is working with the Norwegian national and local health authorities for follow-up, information, further testing, and infection tracking.

‘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,’ he remarked.

Hurtigruten is informing guests booked on the now cancelled voyages.

The decision has no impact on Hurtigruten’s coastal Norway operations.