8 cruise ship passengers stranded in Africa after arriving late to boarding

A group of eight cruise passengers were left stranded at a port in West Africa after the vessel didn’t allow them to board due to lateness.

Six American and two Australian tourists were supposed to be on a dream vacation, but it quickly turned into a nightmare when they arrived back at port from a private tour to find the boat had already closed its doors and denied them entry.

The Campbells claimed they were the only ones of the group with a Visa card, so they footed the bill for the other passengers’ travel, to the tune of US$5,000.

Norwegian’s statement said they would reimburse the stranded passengers for their travel from Gambia to Senegal, but that the tardy passengers will be on the hook for all the other travel expenses they incurred since March 27.

“Eight guests who were on the island on a private tour not organized through us missed the last tender back to the vessel, therefore not meeting the all aboard time of 3 p.m. local time,” the statement said, according to CNN.

“While this is a very unfortunate situation, guests are responsible for ensuring they return to the ship at the published time, which is communicated broadly over the ship’s intercom, in the daily communication and posted just before exiting the vessel.”

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The cruise line confirmed Tuesday that all eight guests had rejoined the ship.

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