The Copenhagen-Oslo route was suspended in mid-March with both CROWN and PEARL SEAWAYS laid up in Copenhagen. The decision to re-start the cruise ferry service "in some reduced format", according to DFDS CEO Torben Carlsen, comes after last week's announcements from the Danish and Norwegian governments to open the borders between the two countries.
DFDS is currently investigating how the travel restrictions that apply for guests from Norway should be interpreted and administered. Physical distancing and reduced onboard services will apply which means that the number of passengers will most likely be capped, something that is still under evaluation. Due to the reduced onboard services in the start-up phase, part of the OBS and shore staff will remain furloughed. When bookings develop positively, the staffing will be reviewed.
On 22 March, DFDS also suspended its passenger-oriented IJmuiden-Newcastle route. According to Carlsen, there is no date set yet for the re-opening of this service as it will take longer than expected before travel restrictions for Brits will be lifted.
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