Norwegian cruise line Hurtigruten has relaunched its coastal voyage service on a familiar 34-port journey from Bergen to Kirkenes on Wednesday.
According to the report by Cruise Critic, The 628-passenger MS Finnmarken — which will be carrying 200 Norwegian and Danish passengers — set sail on the 12-day trip via 34 ports to the far north of the country.
Over the next week or so, three more Hurtigruten ships — MS Trollfjord, MS Midnatsol and MS Richard With — will also return to service along the Norwegian coast.
The cruise line also revealed expedition voyages aboard the hybrid-powered Fridjtof Nansen would launch on June 26. The vessel will operate 15-day itineraries from Hamburg along the Norwegian coast.
“With the first guests boarding the beautiful MS Finnmarken over the next hours, we are thrilled to be restarting our operations,” a Hurtigruten spokesperson told Cruise Critic. “Over the past months, weeks, days, and hours, we’ve been preparing for this moment. We’re ready.”
“In close cooperation with the Norwegian Institute of Public Health and other experts, we’ve taken our extremely strict existing health and safety procedures and introduced additional new measures,” the statement continued. “We have been working rigorously to ensure all voyages are safe for both guests and crew — and at the same time ensure that everyone can fully enjoy their voyage.”
The Roald Amundsen is scheduled to sail seven-night voyages from Tromso to Svalbard, starting on July 7. Hurtigruten temporarily suspended cruise operations in March as the coronavirus outbreak began impacting travel.
To keep passengers and crew members safe, the cruise line has implemented new health and safety protocols, such as the elimination of self-serve buffet dining, limited ship capacity and social distancing measures.