USA Today: Imagine being on the first cruise to sail since the coronavirus shut down that entire industry for nearly four months. Hurtigruten Expedition Cruises’ Benny Didriksen knows: He was a captain on the MS Fridtjof Nansen for what the Norway-based cruise line says was the first international cruise since to sail since the worldwide lockdown.
The Points Guy: Would you take a 14-day cruise that didn’t include a single port call? That’s the temporary solution that one Europe-based cruise company has dreamed up to solve the problem of how to offer trips in an era of coronavirus-related port restrictions. Norwegian expedition cruise company Hurtigruten this week is beginning 14-day sailings from Hamburg, Germany, to the Norwegian coast that — for now — won’t include a single port stop.
The Points Guy: Ocean cruising is back, baby! Well, sort of. Norwegian cruise and ferry company Hurtigruten on Tuesday restarted its famed ferry service along the coast of Norway, which often draws traditional cruisers as well as locals traveling between Norwegian towns.
Yahoo Style: There will be sunshine in the City of Rain today as the Hurtigruten ship Finnmarken sets off on a familiar 34-port journey from Bergen along the Norwegian coast to Kirkenes. But it’s not the warm day and blue skies that will be putting a smile on the face of 200 passengers boarding the 18-year-old ship that will glide past more than a hundred fjords and a thousand mountains as it serves as a ferry and tourism service for the scattered communities. The 12-day voyage will be the first ocean-going cruise to sail since the coronavirus outbreak shut down the industry worldwide.
Travel Weekly UK reports Hurtigruten is extending the suspension of worldwide sailings until the middle of next month in response to the global Covid-19 pandemic.