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 […]

Hurtigruten a target of multiple probes

Questions continue to swirl around Norway’s once-proud shipping and cruise line Hurtigruten, after an outbreak of the Corona virus on board its new hybrid exploration ship MS Roald Amundsen. Now even the ship’s two doctors are targets of a supervisory probe, while state police continue to investigate whether Hurtigruten violated state Corona containment regulations. A […]

Hurtigruten scandal ‘unforgiveable’

NEWS ANALYSIS: Norway’s famed but now shamed shipping- and cruiseline Hurtigruten announced the suspension of its leader of maritime operations on Friday. It’s the first high-ranking consequence of a Corona virus scandal at Hurtigruten that’s potentially damaging for the entire tourism industry, while also shaking public confidence in a company long viewed as part of […]

Hurtigruten caught in Corona cover-up

UPDATED: The humbled boss of Norway’s Hurtigruten cruise and shipping line has admitted to a breakdown in its own routines regarding Corona virus rules for its newly re-launched cruises. That’s led to the suspension of all of Hurtigruten’s so-called “expedition” cruises, after an outbreak of the Corona virus that some Hurtigruten staff tried to cover […]

Police launch probe as Corona spreads

UPDATED: Norwegian health authorities are characterizing an outbreak of the Corona virus on board a Hurtigruten cruiseship as both “large” and “serious,” with 40 confirmed cases of Covid-19 and people from 69 towns and cities in Norway affected so far. Tromsø, where the vessel Roald Amundsen remains berthed, is hit hardest with health care officials […]

Corona breaks out on Hurtigruten ship

One of the Norwegian cruise and shipping line Hurtigruten’s new hybrid expedition ships was berthed at Tromsø on Friday, after two ill crew members had to be hospitalized. They were confirmed as being infected with the Corona virus Covid-19 and now the rest of the crew must be tested, too, as Hurtigruten also contacts all passengers […]

Cruiseships make a cautious comeback

A few cruiseships are venturing back into Norwegian harbours, to a mixed welcome. While some local officials are glad to see them return, others warn that the Corona crisis is far from over and many passengers won’t be allowed to go ashore. “We’re very glad the ships are now coming,” Solrunn Hjelleflat, chief executive of […]