South Africans stranded by MSC cruise ship collision

Sep 24, 2003
Author: P&S

About 60 South African passengers on board the Mediterranean Cruise Ship Melody found themselves stranded for nearly a week in a Turkish port after their ship was involved in a collision with a pier.

The MSC Melody was carrying about 1,000 passengers at the time and has since been forced to remain in harbour at Kusadasi, on the west coast of Turkey since Wednesday last week (17 September 2003) awaiting repair to her hull, after a section was ripped open by the collision.

None of the passengers on board were injured in any way but some passengers claimed there was an air of indecision, with promises that the ship would be repaired and would soon depart, which turned out to be false. Passengers were permitted to explore the town and nearby countryside but at their own expense and always with the fear that the ship might sail, said one report.

Earlier this week the South African passengers left the ship to travel to Venice, from where they would either return home or continue holidaying in Europe.

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