Cruise ship faced possible pirate attack for 10 days, according to reports

11 August, 2017, 11:40 | Author: Brenda Erickson
  • Cruise ship faced possible pirate attack for 10 days, according to reports

As reported by the NY Daily News, an Australian media specialist named Carolyne Jasinski was on the early June sailing which made its way through the Indiana Ocean and Suez Canal. "However, the threat, he said, was real and the ship must be prepared for a pirate attack", shew rote.

Curtains had to be drawn, and there were no late-night evening strolls on the deck or movies under the stars, according to one passenger's account.

"No lights, no party atmosphere, no lapping up tropical breezes on their balconies". "Bright lights, which normally signal the presence of a Sea Princess on the ocean, were dimmed or turned off altogether".

Travellers revealed how the vessel became a "ghost ship" as it passed through risky waters infamous for Somali pirate activity.

For 10 days passengers were trapped in the open sea without lights because of pirate threat.

But when sirens alerted the 1,900 passengers of the drill - prompting them to head to the ship's 1,008 cabins for a headcount - it became more serious.

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Travel at 60 contacted Princess Cruises for comment, but had not received a response at the time of publishing.

All passengers were required to take part in a compulsory "pirate drill", where they were told to return to their rooms so they could be counted by crew when an alarm sounded.

"Captain Gennaro Arma addressed the ship", Jasinski wrote.

Describing the drill, Jasinski said passengers were told to sit on the floor and hang on to handrails in case of instability on the ship caused by quick maneuvers away from pirate ships.

She said the Sea Princess was equipped with hoses that could be sprayed at small ships, and a sonic boom that could knock pirates off ladders. "Any measures aboard Sea Princess were simply taken out of an abundance caution and not in response to a specific threat and are common to worldwide shipping sailing in the region". But the whole experience "definitely changed the mood on the ship", Jasinski wrote.

"Any measures aboard Sea Princess were simply taken out of an abundance of caution and not in response to a specific threat and are common to worldwide shipping sailing in the region", the report quoted the spokesperson.

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