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Hurtigruten Suspends Expedition Cruise Sailings After Coronavirus Outbreak

August 3, 2020 • 8:02 am CDT

The Norwegian shipping company Hurtigruten announced on August 3, 2020, it has halted all expedition cruises and conceded it failed to follow its own disease-prevention guidelines, reported the Financial Times.

About 41 staff and cruise passengers were infected with the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus on two sailings of Hurtigruten’s MS Roald Amundsen from the northern Norwegian city of Tromso to the Arctic archipelago of Svalbard during July 2020.

'We are working closely with the Norwegian National and Local Health Authorities for follow-up, information, further testing, and infection tracking,' said Hurtigruten's CEO, Daniel Skjeldam.