While being dropped by just one cruise company would be enough to harm the country's economy, Hapag-Lloyd isn't alone in considering it. Just last year, another cruise line, AIDA, sent a similar letter to Prime Minister Johannesen expressing its desire for Faroese "to stop the whaling."
Backlash from tour operators may be the most effective way of ending the hunts, which have continued even after warnings from the Faroe Island's chief medical officer that whale meat was not fit for human consumption.
Jürgen Ortmüller, director of the Whale and Dolphin Conservation Forum (WDSF) agrees that targeting the tourism industry is key to stopping the slaughter - but letters, he says, just aren't enough. Regardless of their public stance against the whale hunt, neither AIDA or Hapag-Lloyd cruises have ceased bringing tourists to the Faroe Islands.
"Nothing changes," Ortmüller told The Dodo. "They wrote the letter last year, and the Faroe Islanders have killed more than 1000 dolphins. It has changed nothing. That's the problem."