Gossip Girl star Chace Crawford was philosophical about his recent extended stay in London because there are "worse cities to be stranded in".
The actor was among the victims of the Iceland volcano eruption, which grounded 65,000 flights for five days in Europe.
Planes couldn't take off or land in the continent - because of the thick ash clouds pumped into the air by last week's (15Apr10) Eyjafjallajokull volcano blast.
And so Crawford enjoyed an unplanned break.
Now back in America, he says, "I was literally held hostage by volcano ash in London... They just wouldn't let any planes out. I was supposed to be there 'til Saturday or Sunday.
"I didn't care that much... My manager was working like a monkey on crack to get us out."
Crawford was even presented with the idea of sailing home on the Queen Mary cruise ship.
He adds, "I was like, 'How long does that take?' He's like, 'About six days!'
"I said, 'Six days on a cruise... I'd rather just swim.'"