Tom Cruise is keeping two Hurtigruten ships sailing amid ongoing pandemic

CRUISE holidays may be off the cards for many of us this year but it seems that's not the case for actor Tom Cruise. The star is taking two Hurtigruten ships to sea this September, but why?

PUBLISHED: 19:33, Fri, Sep 4, 2020 | UPDATED: 19:37, Fri, Sep 4, 2020

Tom Cruise has chartered two of Norwegian cruise line Hurtigruten’s ships which are currently out of action. The reason why? For the filming of the latest instalment of the Mission: Impossible movie series.

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The 58-year-old actor has secured two of the cruise line’s fleet in a bid to avoid any more delays to filming as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.

According to reports, the production company behind the movie has hired the line’s newest ship Fridtjof Nansen and the recently refurbished, Verstarelen until the end of September.

"We can confirm that Hurtigruten have entered into an agreement with the production company Truenorth for the charter of two ships from the end of August until the end of September.

“The ships in question are MS Vesterålen and MS Fridtjof Nansen," a Hurtigruten spokesperson said.

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Tom cruise shipTom Cruise has helped charter two Huritgruten ships (Image: Getty Images)

Tom CruiseTom Cruise is filming the latest instalment of Mission: Impossible (Image: Getty Images)

According to local reports in Norway, the Fridtjof Nansen ship will be docked at Hellesylt and used by the crew as a hotel ship during the filming.

It is thought this is to reduce the risk of coronavirus spread amongst cast and crew members.

According to Forbes, Tom Cruise himself is footing nearly $700,000 (£527,796) of the cost.

Express.co.uk has contacted the cruise line for further information.

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