Sunday, 22 May, 2022

Virus fears halt another cruise ship in Norway

Virus fears halt another cruise ship in Norway

A cruise ship has been ordered to keep everyone on board at a port in Norway after a passenger from a previous trip tested positive for Covid-19.

SeaDream 1 was carrying 123 passengers and 85 crew members when it docked in the port of Bodo on Wednesday.

The mayor of the Bodo, Ida Pinnerod, said all crew would be tested for the virus. “We take the situation very seriously,” the mayor told Norwegian broadcaster NRK.

The company that owns the ship, SeaDream Yacht Club, said the previous passenger tested positive for Covid-19 on Tuesday after returning home to Denmark.

Norwegian health authorities have ordered all passengers that were on the ship at the same time as that passenger to self isolate for 14 days.

SeaDream 1 is the second Norwegian cruise ship to be disrupted by the virus in less than a week. Dozens of crew and passengers from the MS Roald Amundsen have tested positive for Covid-19 since the ship docked in Tromso on Friday.

Last week, Norway's government said it would stop all cruise ships with more than 100 people on board from disembarking passengers for at least 14 days.