At least 33 crew members on a Norwegian cruise ship have tested positive for coronavirus, days after almost 200 passengers disembarked. "When the ship arrived in Tromsoe on Friday night, however, everyone was routinely tested", Hurtigruten explained in the statement translated from Norwegian.
Hurtigruten is responding to a COVID-19 outbreak on the Roald Amundsen as 33 crew have tested positive.
"As part of the infection tracking, Hurtigruten has been made aware that a guest from the previous sailing after returning home has tested positive for COVID-19", the release said.
"None of the 154 crew members still on board the ship - including the 29 new confirmed positive tests Saturday - has shown any signs of disease or symptoms of COVID-19", Hurtigruten said.
The ship is now docked in Tromsø, Norway with no guests on board.
Four crew members of the Norwegian cruise vessel MS Roald Amundsen have been hospitalized with Covid-19, a spokesperson for the University Hospital of North Norway told CNN on Friday.
Those four crew members are "foreign nationals", according to the hospital. These guests will self-quarantine "in line with Norwegian health authority regulations", the company said. The next voyage for the Roald Amundsen is not planned until the beginning of September when it will sail around the British Isles, docking at ports in England and Scotland.
Hurtigruten announced in March that it had suspended nearly all its activities because of the pandemic.
At the beginning of the pandemic, thousands of passengers were stranded on cruise ships for weeks in Asia, the United States and South America, causing many operators to cancel cruises for the foreseeable future.