Rune Thomas Ege, Vice President of Global Communications in Hurtigruten said yesterday: “The safety of our guests and crews is Hurtigruten’s highest priority.
“We are working closely with the Norwegian Institute of Public Health, FHI, Tromsø municipality, UNN, and other resources both locally and nationally.”
Ege added: “There was no reason to suspect COVID-19 when the ship docked in Tromsø based on the symptoms the four of the crew had.
“Fortunately, we received a quick response to the tests, so that both we and the Tromsø municipality were able to implement measures.”
Hurtigruten CEO Daniel Skjeldam said in a statement today: “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, says CEO in Hurtigruten, 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.”
Today Hurtigruten began the process of reaching out to and informing guests booked on the now cancelled voyages.
The decision has no impact on Hurtigruten’s coastal Norway operations.
A specially equipped medical team boarded the ship to test all passengers and crew.
It’s understood the infected passenger was taken off the ship.
Express.co.uk has contacted Ponant for further comment.
Paul Gauguin only returning to cruising on July 18 for local residents after French Polynesia reopened its borders on July 15.I
Its cruises opened to international travellers on July 29.
Source Daily Express :: Travel Feed