Eight tourists left stranded on African island after cruise ship departs without them

The tourists – which included a pregnant woman – were forced to make their own way through several countries as they tried to catch up with the ship.

Eight passengers on a luxury cruise holiday were left stranded on the African island of Sao Tome and Principe after their ship departed without them. 

The tourists – six from the US and two from Australia – were forced to make their own way through several countries as they tried to catch up with the vessel.

The group were aboard the Norwegian Dawn, a Norwegian Cruise Line ship, which departed from Cape Town, South Africa, on 20 March for a 21-day trip up the coast of Africa.

The cruise was set to end in Barcelona, Spain, on 10 April.

But they were late to return to the ship on 27 March after going on a private tour that day.

They said their tour’s operator notified the cruise captain that they were going to be late to rejoin the ship, and the local coastguard tried to get them on the vessel, but they weren’t allowed to board.

As a result, the eight passengers were left stranded for days on the island, 190 miles off the coast of Nigeria – grappling with language barriers, currency issues, and complicated travel to rejoin the ship.

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