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33 Crew Members Test Positive for COVID-19 on a Norway Cruise

PortandTerminal.com, August 1, 2020

“By the time we were notified, the passengers had left the ship,”

OSLO, NOWAY – Cruise line Hurtigruten’s expedition cruise ship Roald Amundsen sailed on a 7-day cruise from the arctic port of Tromsø, Norway on July 24 with 177 passengers and 160 crew.

Norway has done a good job managing COVID-19 and people probably felt that the worst was already behind them. In the past 7 days (to July 30) the country of almost 5.5 million people registered just 121 new infections.

That optimism came quickly crashing down though when, according to the company, at some point during the cruise, a number of crew members reported that they were not feeling well and were immediately isolated.

When the ship arrived in Tromsø, Norway on Friday with two ill, and isolated, crew-members onboard. The two were hospitalized and tested for coronavirus.

Things were about to get much worse.

The rest of the crew consisting of 158 people were tested and on Saturday (August 1), the cruise-liner confirmed that 33 of the crew are infected by the virus. Four crew have been admitted to hospital.

“By the time we were notified, the passengers had left the ship,”

The 177 passengers though had already disembarked. Norwegian authorities are frantically contacting passengers and telling them to self-isolate. Sixty passengers are now in quarantine. How many are infected at this time is unclear. “By the time we were notified, the passengers had left the ship,” Tromso municipality chief doctor Kathrine Kristoffersen told a news conference.

Return to cruising

In June, Hurtigruten returned to service with its first cruises on the Norwegian coast and later added departures from Germany. Recently, they had highlighted that the return to service was proceeding and that by the end of September, 14 of the company’s 16 cruise ships are scheduled to be back in service.

As part of the return to service, the Roald Amundsen is scheduled to begin on September 2 a series of cruises around the British Isles that would be the first cruises available to U.K. residents.

The vessel was due to head to Spitzbergen on Friday afternoon but this trip has now been cancelled.

Final word

Let’s give Jim Walker, a lawyer who specializes in the cruise industry, and Dr. Anthony Fauci the final word.

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