Norway is currently experiencing a period of economic growth, and state workers are looking for their share of the pie. Their wages have lagged behind that of the private sector triggering the work stoppage as talks broke down.
Must Have Port Pilot to Enter Harbor
According to Maritime law, a cruise ship must have a pilot onboard the vessel as they enter the port. If the strike continues, ships would not be able to dock in Norway ports, including Oslo.
- Brilliance of the Seas, which departs Amsterdam today, will sail its original schedule
- Vision of the Seas is still turning around in Gothenburg today, instead of Oslo as was originally planned
- No word yet on Fred. Olsen Balmoral's altered itinerary
This is excellent news as the popular Norwegian Fjords cruise season is just getting into full swing. Cruises typically combine the British Isles and Fjords. Another option includes a cruise to North Cape and the Arctic Circle.
If you've never sailed to Norwegian Fjords, we highly recommend adding that to your bucket list.
These include Emerald Princess, which was forced to turn away from the port last Friday, Star Clippers' Star Flyer which cancelled a call on Saturday and Royal Caribbean's Vision of the Seas which was diverted to Gothenburg on Sunday.
Royal Caribbean Vision of the Seas June 2 Sailing
Additional Cruise Ship Impact
Should the strike continue and include all port pilots in Norway, Brilliance of the Seas’ next sailing will be unable to call to any of the Norwegian ports of call on its itinerary. Royal Caribbean has been diligently working to prepare an alternative itinerary should the strike continue, which will include port calls to Copenhagen and Aarhus, Demark, and Berlin (Warnemunde), Germany.
Royal Caribbean Vision of the Seas May 27 Sailing
Royal Caribbean International has issued an advisory that Vision of the Seas, which is currently scheduled to conclude its sailing in Oslo on Sunday, May 27, may be unable to enter the port. RCI is currently preparing contingency plans in the event the strike continues and Vision of the Seas is unable to dock in Oslo.
They encourage guests on the Sunday, May 27, sailing of Vision of the Seas to monitor the website for any additional updates.