Castaways stranded on an African island pursue a passing cruise ship

A group of eight Norwegian Cruise passengers, including Jill and Jay Campbell, found themselves stranded on the African island state of São Tomé and Príncipe after their ship sailed up the west coast of Africa. Despite efforts to contact the ship’s captain and board a small boat provided by the local Coast Guard, the passengers were not picked up by the ship.

The Campbells, along with six other passengers including two elderly individuals and a pregnant woman, were left without access to medications or accepted credit cards on the island. The Campbells used their Visa card to pay for food and accommodations for their fellow stranded passengers, spending thousands of dollars in the process. After a failed attempt to rejoin their ship in Gambia, the group made another effort near the Senegalese coast in hopes of reuniting with the cruise ship.

The shipping company stated that the passengers missed the designated boarding time and failed to return to the ship in time. Despite the unfortunate situation, the company emphasized that it is

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