Cruise News: Search Called Off for Missing Crew Member aboard Ambience

In a somber turn of events during an around-the-world voyage, Ambassador Cruise Line has called off the search for a crew member who went missing at sea. Ambience departed from Lisbon, Portugal the day before, and was en route to Tilbury in Essex.

Ambassador Ambience docked in Tilbury at Night - © Copyright: Sail Away Magazine
Credit: Ambassador Ambience docked in Tilbury at Night / © Copyright: Sail Away Magazine

How the events unfolded?

The crew member, from India, was reported missing after breakfast when they couldn’t be located at the commencement of their duties. Ambassador Cruise Line swiftly activated emergency protocols, emphasising their commitment to the safety and well-being of all crew and guests aboard the vessel.

Efforts to locate the missing crew member included reversing the ship’s course to the last known location and conducting ship-wide searches, all to no avail. The ship, known as Ambience, was on its final leg of the global tour when the coastguard was alerted to the emergency off the coast of Cape Finisterre, Spain.

Ambassador Ambience docked in Tilbury - © Copyright: Sail Away Magazine
Credit: Ambassador Ambience docked in Tilbury / © Copyright: Sail Away Magazine

Despite exhaustive efforts, the search has been concluded, and Ambience has now arrived back to the UK. Arriving at Tilbury on Sunday evening, the ship carries a heavy atmosphere as crew and guests grapple with the unfortunate turn of events.

Ambassador Cruise Line remains dedicated to providing support to all those affected by this incident. Guests onboard have been kept informed, and their expressions of concern and support are deeply appreciated during this challenging time. However, planned celebrations to mark Ambience’s return have been understandably cancelled.

Ambassador Ambience docked in Tilbury - © Copyright: Sail Away Magazine
Credit: Ambassador Ambience docked in Tilbury / © Copyright: Sail Away Magazine

“Our thoughts and prayers are with the friends and family of our colleague,” expressed a spokesperson for Ambassador Cruise Line. “Specialist support will be offered to all crew affected by today’s events.”

What now for passengers?

As the cruise line navigates the aftermath, upcoming voyages, including the British Isles Discovery cruise scheduled for Sunday night, will be impacted. Customers booked for these journeys will be contacted with further information as the cruise line works through the necessary adjustments.

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