Last passengers repatriated
The Norwegian company Hurtigruten no longer has any passengers on board its ships. The last expedition ship that still had passengers on board, the 'Roald Amundsen', was able to land them in the Falklands. In all, 400 people were repatriated from Port Stanley on March 25, via two charter flights. The return to Europe was made via Santiago, London, Dublin and Paris. The ship left Port Stanley on March 26, headed to Valparaiso.
Cruise ship stuck off Punta Arenas
More than 100 Australian doctors and dentists have been trapped the 'Roald Amundsen' currently stuck off Punta Arenas after the country banned cruise ships from docking in response to the Covid-19 pandemic on March 15, 2020 until September after an elderly passenger on one cruise ship tested positive for coronavirus. On board the cruise ship were more than 100 doctors, dentists and medical experts from Australia for a 10-night cruise to Antarctica, the Falkland Islands and the Chilean Fjords as part of a combined medical and dental conference put on by Unconventional Conventions. The cruise departed on Feb 29 and was due to return on March 10. Hurtigruten was working with the Chilean government, local authorities, embassies, airports and airlines to arrange disembarkation as soon as possible.
Antarctic cruise delayed due to robbery of luggage
A truck transporting around 200 pieces of luggage belonging to passengers onthe 'Roald Amundsen' was stolen on Nov 28, 2019, in Chile. The ship was docked in the southern Chilean city of Punta Arenas preparing for a sailing to Antarctica when the truck carrying the passengers’ luggage was hijacked. Authorities found the truck abandoned a short time later, but the suitcases inside were missing. As a result, around 15 passengers chose to skip the trip to deal with the aftermath of the robbery. The sailing was delayed due to the theft. Hurtigruten shared an official statement on the incident: “In the early hours of November 28, a truck transporting luggage for Hurtigruten was stolen while traveling between downtown Santiago, Chile, and the nearby international airport. The truck was later recovered, but without the more than 200 bags it carried. No guests were involved in the incident, and fortunately, no staff members of the local company organizing and operating the luggage transport on Hurtigruten’s behalf were injured. Hurtigruten’s focus in this extraordinary incident is to support our guests. We are assisting them in all ways possible to make sure they have the clothes and equipment they need for their Antarctica expedition. The ship has continued the voyage as planned. Hurtigruten’s local partner is one of Chile’s largest and most experienced tourism companies, with over 70 years of experience from the tourism industry. Hurtigruten is closely supporting and assisting our local partners and Chilean police investigating the incident.”Upload News