PortandTerminal.com, September 4, 2020
Tom Cruise is believed to be footing $700,000 of the cost to house the cast and crew on two cruise ships as filming of “Mission: Impossible 7” restarts in Norway
OSLO, NORWAY – Tom Cruise has chartered two Hurtigruten cruise ships to house the cast and crew of “Mission: Impossible 7” which is currently being shot in Norway.
“Mission: Impossible 7” was one of the first major movie productions to be shut down by the pandemic, which hit just as filming was about to get underway in Italy back in February.
The purpose of the ships is to house crew in one place, with the intention of shielding them from any possible COVID-19 infection, as hotel space in the area is insufficient.
To solve the problem, the film’s production company Truenorth has chartered two Hurtigruten cruise ships, the brand new 530-passenger MS Fridtjof Nansen and the 490-passenger MS Versteralen, to accommodate the entire cast and crew of the latest “Mission: Impossible” installment. Tom Cruise is believed to be footing nearly $700,000 of the cost.
Hurtigruten confirmed to the Norwegian tabloid newspaper Verdens Gang that Trunorth has rented two of its ships until the end of September.
The cruise ships were reportedly chartered with the intention of shielding the entire production staff from exposure to possible COVID-19 infection. The idea is to insulate the cast and crew in a contained bubble, similar to what the NBA created at Disney World.
Hurtigruten claimed to be the world’s first cruise line to resume service after the global shutdown in March, only to be forced to suspend service in July after a COVID-19 outbreak on one of its ships, the Roald Amundsen. All of Hurtigruten’s non-coastal passenger operations have now been halted.
“Mission Impossible 7” is scheduled for release in November 2021.
With additional reporting by Forbes