Viking has installed a PCR laboratory onboard one of its ocean ships to offer “unprecedented” Covid-19 testing.
Added to Viking Star, the first-of-its-kind facility enables the line to conduct PCR testing of all crewmembers and guests with a saliva test.
The laboratory, which has enough capacity for daily testing of every crewmember and guest, will undergo a series of tests around its procedures and protocols.
A demonstration of the laboratory, as well as new design and operating procedures, is due to take place later this month when Viking Star arrives in Oslo.
Viking’s vice-president of maritime operations, Matt Grimes, said: “We have been working on this for a number of months, and today is important as it moves us one step closer to operating cruises again, without compromising the safety of our guests and crew.
“The recently announced CDC guidelines are clearly aligned with our public health research, and we welcome the agency’s push toward testing, as we believe this is the only way to safely operate.
“In our view, continuous PCR testing, along with our extensive onboard hygiene protocols, will lead to making Viking ships a safe place to get away to and explore the world.”