Viking has announced it will temporarily suspend river and ocean cruise operations.
All sailings will be put on halt until May 1st in response to the coronavirus Covid-19 outbreak around the world.
The announcement was made in a video by Viking chairman Torstein Hagen.
Addressing guests, he said the safety of 10,000 staff and half a million annual passengers was the top priority.
“I am sure you recognise that Covid-19 has made travel exceedingly complicated.
“An increasing number of ports, including Venice, Monte Carlo and Bergen, have temporarily closed to cruise ships; major attractions such as the Vatican and other museums have been closed; and some countries are imposing restrictions on public gatherings and visitors,” Hagen explained.
“The situation has now become such that operating as a travel company involves significant risks of quarantines or medical detentions, which could diminish the travel experiences for which our guests have been planning,” he added.
Hagen explained, as a private company, Viking was well positioned to overcome the suspension.
“As a private company with strong finances, we do not have to worry about quarterly profit expectations – and that flexibility allows us the ability to do what is best for…