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Cruise Ship Passengers Mugged
Durban, South Africa

Phoenix Journeys MS Amadea - November 19, 2006

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Cruise Ship Passengers Mugged
Durban, South Africa

Phoenix Journeys MS Amadea - November 19, 2006

On November 19, 2006, Several groups out of the 600 total passengers from the cruise ship MS Amadea, reported they were robbed at gun and knife-point after they had been taken by tour bus to the beachfront.

South African news reported three busloads of passengers were taken to the beachfront where each group was mugged and had goods stolen from them at knifepoint in quick succession. There were 11 passengers in the group who were robbed. Jewelry, cameras, video cameras, cell phones and cash were taken from the passengers. Passengers from MS Amadea docked at cruise ship operations in Africa, Durban, South Africa.

In early February 2007, Seven Seas Voyager canceled a call at Durban. This was disclosed on board the ship in Richards Bay harbor on Wednesday, when it was said that when Regent Seven Sea Cruises drew up its itinerary a previous security problem in Durban led to the decision to avoid the KZN port.


"Our guests do not feel safe getting off the ship in Durban where passenger facilities are not secure, so we chose Richards Bay instead, said the ship’s master, Capt Dag Dvergastein."

Despite the perception that Durban is ‘unsafe’, he said that South Africa and Africa remained a popular destination among the passengers, who visited the nearby game parks and the St Lucia World Heritage Wetland Park while the ship was in Richards Bay.

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