"An Industry First": Viking Star Fitted With Onboard COVID-19 PCR Laboratory

Anna Kroupina, Open Jaw

Viking has installed a full-scale PCR laboratory onboard Viking Star, with enough capacity for daily testing of every crew member and guest, the cruise line says. 

According to Viking, the lab is “an industry first” that allows for “unprecedented testing capacity” in the cruise industry.

“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,” said Matt Grimes, Vice President of Maritime Operations for Viking.

"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.”

Viking says it will demonstrate the PCR laboratory, as well as new design and operating procedures, later this month. 

Anna Kroupina

Anna Kroupina Journalist

Anna is OJ's newest member and she joins the team as a writer/reporter. She co-writes the daily news and covers events. Although she's new to the industry, pursuing a career path in travel/tourism has been a goal since her first family road trip to the Florida Keys sparked a desire to discover the world and this exhilarating, fast-paced industry.

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