One of the first cruise ships in the world to resume sailing has been quarantined after an outbreak onboard has sent people to hospital.
Norwegiancruise company Hurtigruten announced late Friday that four crew members from the 535-passenger Roald Amundsen were admitted to the University Hospital of North Norway in Tromsø, Norway, earlier in the day after the vessel docked in the city.
It was unclear at the time of reporting if the crew members were in hospital for quarantine or because they were very ill.
The ship has now been quarantined, and the remaining 160 crew are being tested for COVID-19.
The line also is tracking down 177 passengers who had already left the ship early Friday to alert them of the outbreak.
The next sailing for the cruise ship which was due to depart Friday has been cancelled.
Hurtigruten has been at the forefront of efforts to restart cruising in Europe .
The line launched their reopening cruise out of Hamburg, Germany, in June on the 530-passenger Fridtjof Nansen.
It then added cruises to Svalbard on the Roald Amundsen and the 335-passenger Spitsbergen in early July according to The Points Guy.
Hurtigruten relaunched only allowing passengers from certain countries in Europe to board the ship. No American were permitted on the cruise.
“The safety of our guests and crews is Hurtigruten’s highest priority,” Hurtigruten spokesperson Rune Thomas Ege said in a statement posted at the line’s website. “We are working closely with the Norwegian Institute of Public Health, Tromsø municipality, [the University Hospital of North Norway] and other resources both locally and nationally.”
Hurtigruten had implemented a new health and safety measures on Roald Amundsen and the other ships that resumed operation.
Enhanced cleaning was added along with additional medical screenings for passengers and crew and an end to buffets.
All the vessels were operating at a sharply reduced capacity, below 50% of normal, to ensure social distancing.