The Norwegian cruise-ferry company Color Line has confirmed that it’s laying off another 400 workers on board its two vessels sailing between Oslo and Kiel in Germany. That brings the total number of laid-off Color Line employees to around 1,000.
The Color Fantasy will be laid up from November 4 and until the Corona virus infection situation improves and travel restrictions change. The Color Magic will continue to sail from Oslo with both passengers and cargo. The passengers, however, won’t be allowed to disembark in Kiel and can only sail as a “mini-holiday” with two nights on board. Color Line thus hopes to at least generate some cruise revenues along with what the passengers may spend in the vessel’s restaurants, bars and shops.
Around 2,200 of Color Line’s 2,400 employees were laid off when both vessels had to be docked in Oslo following the Corona shutdown in March. In June, when infection rates fell and restrictions eased, around 1,000 employees were brought back to work. Around 300 others have resigned after receiving severance pay offers.
Company officials cited the new, higher infection situation and how borders have closed around Europe once again. “A reduction in capacity is unfortunately necessary once again,” stated Color Line CEO Trond Kleivdal. He added that it will be “crucial” for the government and Parliament to supply more financial aid to the travel and tourism industry to prevent bankruptcies next year.