First cruise passengers return to sea in MS Finnmarken since suspension

Since the CDC placed its ‘no sail order’ on cruise ships in March, an eerie calm has descended on the seas. There was no doubt that cruising would be back, eventually, but what it would look like raised bigger questions.

Four months later, the MS Finnmarken is one of the first ships to return to the water. However, it is not the giant, white pleasure cruiser you might have expected.

The Finnmarken set sail from Bergen on Tuesday, taking passengers 12-day voyage around the coast of Norway.

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With most of the years’ sailings suspended and predictions of a timid return of passengers, operators Hurtigruten could not have not expected worse conditions to launch into. The ship underwent an extensive refurbishment at the beginning of the year.

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