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Year's first cruise call in Gothenburg

Hanseatic Inspiration is on a round-trip Hamburg cruise that also stopped at Bornholm
Sweden's Gothenburg was set to receive Hanseatic Inspiration today, its first cruise call during a year that's been interrupted by COVID-19.

Just 51 passengers

The ship was to dock at Stigbergskajen on a round-trip cruise from Hamburg that first stopped at the Danish island of Bornholm. On board are 51 passengers and 165 crew. The Hapag-Lloyd Cruises ship has capacity for 270 passengers.

Before the cruise, passengers and crew underwent a health check, and before the call a health declaration was sent to the port.

Cruise arrivals treated like other tourists

'Otherwise, the same guidelines apply for cruise passengers as for other tourists when it comes to entry permits in Sweden,' Harbormaster Åsa Kärnebro said.

The port consulted with the region's infection control doctor and the Swedish Maritime Administration 'and the overall assessment is that we can clearly carry out this call in a safe way,' Kärnebro continued. 'It will be handled as a regular call with a number of risk-minimizing measures where social distancing and careful hygiene are the basis.'

Passengers were expected to discover Gothenburg on foot on their own, and staff from the tourist office were to be on site for assistance.

Four more cruise calls

Gothenburg's abbreviated cruise season is expected to continue with four more calls, the next on Sept. 18.

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