Color Line lays off 400 more

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 […]

Hurtigruten service cut even more

Norway’s deeply troubled coastal shipping line Hurtigruten has already cut service from 11 to just two ships sailing between Bergen in the south and Kirkenes in the north. Now the state transport ministry is cutting the route further, to only serve ports between Kirkenes and Bodø, meaning there won’t be any calls at 13 ports […]

Police extend Hurtigruten probe

Police in Tromsø say they’ll need another few weeks to conclude their criminal investigation into how management of the shipping and cruise line Hurtigruten handled a Corona virus outbreak on board a cruise to Svalbard in July. Crew members have later claimed the company put their lives in danger, and fully 71 of the ship’s […]

Government angry with Hurtigruten

Prime Minister Erna Solberg has joined many others who are frustrated and angry with Norwegian cruise and shipping line Hurtigruten, which is supposed to make daily calls at small ports all along the Norwegian coast. On Friday the crisis-ridden company announced it had to cut back to just two ships on its coastal route, after […]

Hurtigruten boss survives disgrace

Quarantine rules weren’t followed, suspected cases of the Corona virus weren’t followed up and crew members felt their lives were in danger but were afraid to speak out. The board of Norway’s publicly disgraced Hurtigruten cruise and shipping line nonetheless claims it still has confidence in CEO Daniel Skjeldam, and that both he and the […]

Hurtigruten claims millions in state aid

Norway’s deeply troubled shipping and cruise line Hurtigruten reportedly expects to receive more than NOK 300 million in state aid, to compensate it for cancelled cruises during the Corona pandemic. The line’s management, meanwhile, has gone along with state demands that it no longer use one of its ships as a floating hotel on which crew […]

Hurtigruten in more trouble

Norwegian Trade Minister Iselin Nybø claims shipping line Hurtigruten has broken Norwegian law by using one of its laid-up ships as a floating hotel and staffing it with low-paid workers from the Philippines, who have neither residence nor working permission in Norway. The vessel MS Fridtjof Nansen, which also has had Corona infection on board, […]

Hurtigruten joins ‘Mission Impossible’

After its own bouts with the Corona virus, Norway’s shipping and cruise line Hurtigruten has seemed to be on an impossible mission to carry out scheduled cruises. Now it’s ironically housing film crews needed for the next “Mission Impossible” movie in Norway, also after a crew member on Hurtigruten’s vessel MS Fridtjof Nansen tested positive […]

Hurtigruten keeps ships berthed

Norway’s Hurtigruten cruise and shipping line is keeping more than half its fleet berthed in the midst of the ongoing Corona crisis that’s hitting its business and passengers hard. It remains unclear whether planned “expedition” cruises around South America and to Antarctica will be able to sail. Newspaper Dagens Næringsliv (DN) reported Friday that Hurtigruten […]

‘Guest’ died after Hurtigruten cruise

Albert and Gaby Facq were among at least four passengers who fell seriously ill with the Corona virus after more than a week of cruising off Britain in March, on Norwegian shipping line Hurtigruten’s new expedition ship MS Fridtjof Nansen. The ship’s doctor did not diagnose Albert’s symptoms as Corona-related, however, and Hurtigruten continued to claim as […]