33 out of the total of 158 crew have tested positive for COVID-19 onboard the ship, Hurtigruten announced in a statement. All crew members have been tested and 120 are confirmed as negative. 5 crew members will be retested prior to the final results being verified.
The liner is currently docked in Tromso Norway with no passengers onboard.
There have been 2 itineraries so far for ms Roald Amundsen with 209 passengers onboard the first cruise, and 178 from the July 24 departure. They'll all self-quarantine in line with Norwegian health authority regulations. The cruise line assists passengers with food, accommodation, transport, and other needs.
The vessel was operating at 50% capacity. It can accommodate 539 guests.
Hurtigruten VP Global Communications Rune Thomas Ege said they worked "closely with the Norwegian national and local health authorities for follow-up, information, further testing, and infection tracking."
Hurtigruten is in contact with all passengers that were onboard Roald Amundsen's July 17 & 24 departures.
“The safety and well-being of our guests and crew is Hurtigruten’s number one priority,” the company said. “All crew members are closely monitored and screened daily. Non-Norwegian crew members are quarantined before boarding the ship, and non-European crew need to undergo two negative Covid-19 tests before even leaving their home country.”
For more MS Roald Amundsen accidents and incidents see at the ship's CruiseMinus page.