Actor Tom Cruise has hired two Hurtigruten cruise ships for a month in an attempt to continue filming the latest Mission Impossible movie in Norway.
“Tom is determined not to see any more hold-ups …The studio believes it will keep everyone safe and get this shoot wrapped up,” a source told ‘The Sun UK’. The decision reportedly cost $900,000.
The two ships will act as a floating hotel for cast and crew as they film in More og Romsdal, the northernmost part of Western Norway.
Hurtigruten has confirmed the two ships that have been chartered are: brand new MS Fridtjof Nansen and newly upgraded MS Vesterålen. Between the two ships there is capacity for over 1000 passengers with an array of restaurants, cafes and lounges to stretch out.
All Hurtigruten expedition cruises are on pause for the time being and the MS Fridtjof Nansen does not currently have a date when it will sail again after this star-studded expedition. The MS Vesteralen sails the Original Coastal Voyage and will resume sailing the coast in November.
Hurtigruten press officer, Oystein Knoph said: “Hurtigruten has 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”.
Norway’s Agriculture and Food Minister Olaug Bollestad announced in a news conference that the Mission Impossible crew would be exempt from the mandatory 10-day quarantine and instead “members of the production team will be kept apart from others during their stay in Norway”.
“This means not everyone will be able to see these beautiful guys because they will be kept relatively apart,” she added. Unfortunately Hurtigruten isn’t allowing the ships to be GPS tracked or displaying live webcam feeds at the moment either.
Norway’s decision falls in line with that of the UK government when the Culture Secretary announced: “A number of sports stars and their support teams, alongside international film and high-end television stars, directors and producers, will be exempt from quarantine”.