Viking suspends cruises until May – Daily News

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Viking is suspending its river and ocean cruise operations until May in response to the coronavirus threat, the company announced tonight.

The announcement was made in a video and a letter sent from Viking Chairman Torstein Hagen to currently booked guests.

“Since we started Viking nearly 23 years ago, we have always cared first and foremost about our guests and our employees,” Hagen wrote.

“I feel we have become one large Viking family of 500,000 guests each year and 10,000 employees. Since day one, it has been our mission to create experiences for our guests that focus on the destination and allow them to explore the world in comfort. This has always been Viking’s ambition and will remain so,” he continued.

Hagen said that the company, which has its marketing headquarters in Los Angeles, recently discovered it had a river cruise guest in Southeast Asia who was exposed to COVID-19 while in transit on an international airline.

“While this guest is not exhibiting symptoms, she has been placed in quarantine. Separately, the remaining 28 guests will also be quarantined,” he said in the letter.



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