Hurtigruten captain, passengers share impressions of ‘first international cruise’ since quarantine

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.

A cruise with no port calls? In the new era of COVID, one line is about to try it

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.

Norway launches first ocean cruise since pandemic lockdown

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.