Cruise Passengers Stranded in Africa Finally Rejoin Ship After Dramatic Chase

Passengers’ Resilience: Overcoming Adversity to Rejoin Cruise Ship after Missed Deadline in São Tomé and Príncipe

Passengers stranded on São Tomé and Príncipe after missing boarding deadline

Eight passengers were stranded on the small African island nation of São Tomé and Príncipe after missing the boarding deadline of their cruise ship, the Norwegian Dawn. The passengers had originally been supposed to re-embark in Gambia, but due to adverse weather conditions and tidal restrictions, the ship could not safely dock. As a result, the passengers had to chase the ship to Dakar, Senegal, a distance of some 100 miles further, in order to finally rejoin the cruise.

The passengers’ initial attempt to rejoin the ship was thwarted when they were unable to board tender boats ferried by the São Tomé and Príncipe Coast Guard. Despite this setback, the passengers persevered and traveled through seven countries in just 48 hours to catch up with the ship. They considered not rejoining the cruise due to feeling that Norwegian Cruise Line had not fulfilled their duty of care. However, after six days of being stranded, the passengers finally managed to re-embark in Senegal on Tuesday.

Norwegian Cruise Line confirmed that they helped facilitate visas for the passengers and would also reimburse them for the trip from Gambia to Senegal. The journey was challenging and unexpected for the passengers, but they were ultimately able to overcome obstacles and reunite with their cruise ship.

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