A group of passengers found themselves stranded on the island nation of Sao Tome and Principe after missing their boarding time on the Norwegian Dawn cruise ship by more than an hour. Despite efforts by the Sao Tome and Principe Coast Guard to ferry them aboard, adverse weather conditions and tidal restrictions prevented them from re-boarding.

The passengers were forced to return to the mainland, but they were not ready to give up just yet. They attempted to re-embark in Banjul, The Gambia, but were unable to due to unsafe docking conditions caused by adverse weather and tidal restrictions. They were forced to chase the ship to Dakar, Senegal, a distance of 100 miles away, for another attempt at re-embarking.

Throughout their journey, Norwegian Cruise Line helped facilitate visas and reimbursed the passengers for their travel from The Gambia to Senegal. After six days of trying to catch up with the ship, eight passengers, including Jill Campbell and her husband, were finally able to re-board in Senegal on Tuesday.

Despite contemplating not being able to rejoin the ship due to a feeling that the cruise line had failed in its duty of care, the passengers were relieved to be back on board after their unexpected adventure.

By Samantha Johnson

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