A severe Covid-19 outbreak on an Arctic expedition cruise ship has forced hundreds of passengers into quarantine, sparking new fears about the safety of the industry.
Thirty-six crew members on the MS Roald Amundsen have tested positive for the coronavirus. Nearly 400 passengers on two cruises to the Arctic archipelago of Svalbard had to go into quarantine, according to Norwegian health authorities.
The ship is operated by Norwegian company Hurtigruten, which became the first major cruise line to resume cruises in mid-June.
The ship is due to sail around the British Isles in September and dock in ports in England and Scotland.
The cruise line said it was in contact with all passengers who were on board the ship’s departures on July 17 and 24.