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Hurtigruten temporarily suspends all expedition cruises

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

Thirty-six crew members and several passengers have tested positive for COVID-19 in the outbreak on Roald Amundsen which remains in Tromsø after the last voyage emded 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 travelerss booked on the canceled voyages.

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

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