Norway’s famed coastal voyage firm Hurtigruten announced Monday that it’s extending its cruise operation shutdown to six weeks. “The consequences of the Corona virus are affecting everyone, and hitting us in Hurtigruten hard,” stated the shipping line’s CEO Daniel Skjeldam.
It’s current pared-down ferry and passenger transport operation between Bergen and Kirkenes will continue, but with nine out of its 11 ships taken out of service. Under a special agreement with the state transport ministry, which supports the service to ensure transport along the Northern Norwegian coast, Hurtigruten is only running vessels between Bodø and Kirkenes during the Corona crisis.
All of Hurtigruten’s expedition cruises will remain halted until May 12, and the launch of its Alaska cruises has been postponed until July. The cuts mean that more sailings of the line’s new hybrid cruise ship MS Roald Amundsen will be cancelled.