Ambassador delays cruise by 24 hours after crew member goes missing at sea

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Ambassador Cruise Line delayed the start of its British Isles Discovery cruise after one of its crew went missing at sea on an earlier sailing.

Ambience was heading to London Tilbury last Friday morning at the end of its round the world cruise when the captain was informed, as the ship was off Cape Finisterre, that a member of the crew had not turned up for work.

The ship turned back to Portugal to search the area of the sea where the missing crew member was last seen the previous afternoon.

Sadly, the crew member, who is from India, was not found and the ship was released by the coastguard to continue its original course back to the UK, arriving on Sunday evening instead of Sunday morning as planned.

Due to its late arrival, events to mark the ship’s return from its round the world cruise were cancelled.

In a statement, the line said today: “Following the sad events of last week, we can confirm that embarkation for our British Isles Discovery cruise, originally due to sail on Sunday 5 May 2024, was delayed by 24 hours with embarkation taking place on Monday 6 May 2024. 

“Embarkation timings remained the same, and we asked all guests to arrive at the original time shown on their boarding pass, just one day later.”

The cruise has been amended and will return to Tilbury as planned on 16 May. The spokesperson added: “Ambassador would like to take this opportunity to thank our guests for the kindness and support that has been shown since the incident occurred – it has been very much appreciated.”

In an earlier statement, Ambassador said: “We are deeply saddened by this incident and our thoughts and prayers are with the friends and family of our colleague at this difficult time.” It added that specialist support will be offered to all crew affected.

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