Abandoned on an island in Africa, castaways chase the cruise ship

Left stranded on the African island state of São Tomé and Príncipeeight Norwegian Cruise passengers ‘struggled’ for days trying to reach their cruise ship as it sailed up the west coast of Africa.

To tell the story mad rush, which began on March 27th, were Jill and Jay Campbell, a couple from South Carolina. “We were touring the island, but then we had a problem on the tour and they didn’t get us back in time.” The tour guide then contacted the ship’s captain to inform him of the delay, but when they arrived the ship was no longer docked at the port. “We were convinced that they would come back for us, especially because among us there was a pregnant woman, but then no one showed up,” the woman said, adding that the local Coast Guard had put a small boat at their disposal to bring them on board. “The captain could have easily decided to go back with one of the tenders, pick us up, load us safely and leave again”, explained the Campbells, but the captain of the Norwegian would have refused to let them on.

The couple then remained on the ground together with 6 other people, including two elderly people and a pregnant woman, without drugs and without accepted credit cards. Only the Campbells had a Visa with them, the only one accepted on the island, and so they also paid for food and hotels for their companions in misadventure, spending thousands of dollars.

After a 15-hour journey through six countries, the group attempted to rejoin their ship in Gambia. But the ship failed to dock due to low tide and spent another day at sea. Today a new attempt near the Senegalese coastwhere the cruise ship will make a stopover and, barring complications, will recover the eight tourists.

According to one declaration from the shipping company, on March 27 the passengers returned late to the ship. “Eight guests who were on the island alone or with a private tour missed the last tender to return to the ship, therefore not respecting the boarding time,” the note reads. “While this is a very unfortunate situation, guests are responsible for ensuring they return to the ship at the designated time, which is communicated extensively over the ship’s intercom, in the daily communication and posted shortly before disembarking.”

By Editor

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