Viking has suspended its river and ocean cruises until May 1st. The suspension went into effect on Thursday March 12th in a letter posted on their website by chairman Torstein Hagen.
“I am writing today because 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,” Hagen said.
Hagen said that the difficult decision was the result of a number of obstacles cruise ships are now facing from the virus, including the port closures and passenger exposure.
He referred to a recent incident where a Viking river cruise guest in Southeast Asia was exposed to coronavirus on an international flight. That passenger, a woman, was not showing any symptoms of infection, but has been quarantined along with 28 other guests.
Customers who booked cruises during the suspension period have the option of a refund, or a future voucher valued at 125% of their initial booking.