Hurtigruten demands crisis aid

Norway’s venerable coastal voyage line Hurtigruten, now mostly a cruiseline, was sailing full steam ahead until the Corona virus crisis forced most of its vessels into lay-up and cut off revenue. Now it doesn’t qualify for the emergency aid offered by the government, because its credit rating has been severely downgraded. “It’s a paradox that we, […]

Cruise ‘visionary’ dies at age 90

Norwegian shipowner Arne Wilhelmsen, one of the founders of the large international Royal Caribbean Cruise Line (RCCL), died over the Easter holiday weekend with much of the cruise industry he helped form in turmoil. Wilhelmsen was 90, and among the last of the shipping pioneers who nurtured a cruise industry that’s currently in crisis because […]

Hurtigruten extends its halt in cruise operations

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 […]

Hurtigruten halts most all sailings

Norway’s famed coastal voyage line known as Hurtigruten has taken 14 of its 16 vessels out of service and cut its weekly sailings between Bergen and Kirkenes to a minimum. An additional 2,600 employees have been laid off, with the shipping line citing “an extraordinary crisis.” Just two weeks after Hurtigruten’s chief executive Daniel Skjeldam […]

Hurtigruten, ferries lay off thousands

Hurtigruten, Norway’s famed coastal voyage line, is laying off another 225 employees after also succumbing to the Corona virus crisis. The company earlier laid off 120 people at its offices around Norway, just a week after its chief executive had bragged that it was still sailing full steam ahead. Now Daniel Skjeldam has changed his […]

Operators cancel cruises and ferries

Color Line has cancelled its cruise-ferry service between Oslo and Kiel, Germany for the next two weeks, the company announced on Friday. The decision was made the day after Norwegian authorities imposed strict preventive measures against the spread of the Corona virus, including detailed screening of passengers arriving from abroad. The move come just hours […]

Ports turn away cruise passengers

Oslo, Bergen and Stavanger have all begun refusing to allow cruise passengers to disembark, for fear they’ll spread the Corona virus. On Thursday, Norway’s own Hurtigruten passenger and cargo ships were turned away from northern ports as well. “We still don’t have any Corona infection here and we want to keep it that way as […]

Corona virus kept cruiseship docked

UPDATED: A German cruiseship from a fleet that regularly sails off the Norwegian coast stayed tied up at the dock in Haugesund on Tuesday. Two of its German passengers were suspected of being infected with the Corona virus, and the cruiseline itself wanted them to be tested. The AIDA aura, with 1,200 passengers on board, […]

Cruise captain accused of fraud, tax evasion

A Norwegian cruiseship captain has been indicted on charges of serious fraud and tax evasion, after collecting disability pay from Norway’s state pension fund over a period of eight years while also sailing from port to port as the captain on various cruiseships. Newspaper Dagens Næringsliv (DN) reported on Thursday that an international warrant was […]

Robbers disrupted Hurtigruten cruise

A group of robbers in southern Chile stole around 200 pieces of luggage that were being transported to one of the new Hurtigruten ships embarking this week on an expensive cruise to Antarctica. None of the passengers themselves was robbed, but around 15 opted to skip the trip. Hurtigruten’s new ship Roald Amundsen was waiting at the […]