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June 18, 2020 Cruise No Comments Email Email

One of the first cruise lines to resume sailing, Hurtigruten’s MS Finnmarken set sail from Bergen yesterday, on the classic 12-day Original Coastal Voyage on the coast of Norway. With mostly Danish and Norwegian holidaymakers on board, this is the first time passengers have been able to take a full coastal cruise since Covid-19 suspensions.

“Gradually restarting operations in Norway is the natural first step towards a return to full operations,” says Damian Perry, Managing Director Hurtigruten Asia Pacific. “Our staff and crew can’t wait to welcome guests back on board again.”

Throughout the pandemic, Hurtigruten continued to sail two ships along the Norwegian coast, providing an essential service to the Norwegian people, but this is the first time the full coastal itinerary has been available.

“This is also welcome news for our staff and crew returning to work, and the local communities we support along the coast,” says Perry.

Over the coming weeks, more ships will be added to the Coastal schedule.

Refurbished, greener ships

Holiday makers who book a voyage on the MS Finnmarken will experience a completely refurbished ship including new interiors and exteriors, including three new restaurants, and a greener propulsion system and onboard technologies, strengthening Hurtigruten’s position a world leader in sustainable exploration travel. 

Strict measures
Even before the global outbreak, Hurtigruten imposed strict health measures and protocols. Hurtigruten has not had any confirmed or suspected cases of COVID-19 on any ships. Full details of Hurtigruten’s new guest, staff and crew embarkation and onboard health and safety policies can be found here.

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