Concern Over Pirates in Indian Ocean Prompts Cruise Ship to Enact Nighttime Blackouts for 10 Days

Any measures aboard Sea Princess were simply taken out of an abundance caution and not in response to a specific concern,” the company said in a statement to CNN. “People were joking about it to start, then got serious.” She said the crew played a big role in keeping things calm. For 10 days, there was “a dusk-til-dawn ban on any fun on deck” as the ship traveled through the Indian Ocean, Arabian Sea, Gulf of Aden and Suez Canal. Pirates. Jasinski too was appreciative. “I believe the cruise lines have it all under control and the fact that they have these drills and take extra precautions like the dusk-til-dawn ban are commendable.”

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CNN contacted Princess Cruises, the company that runs the Sea Princess, to talk about the incident. The reason, according to travel writer and Sea Princess passenger Carolyne Jasinski? It was all fun and games for the nearly 2,000 passengers that set sail on the Sea Princess from Sydney on the first leg of cruise of a 104-day cruise. “Piracy specific training is conducted prior to any of our vessels entering areas of concern. The captain of the cruise ship was able to increase speed and move to safety. One of the most dramatic incidents happened in 2008 when the Nautica cruise ship was fired upon by two pirate boats in the Gulf Of Aden, according to the IMO. A genuine concern
The concern over pirates is certainly not without merit. Several piracy attempts involving passenger ships have taken place in the waters where the Sea Princess conducted its drill, according to the International Maritime Organization. So instead of enjoying cocktails at deck and pool parties, Jasinski wrote that at sunset, “all curtains were drawn and all shutters closed.”
And in the event of a real threat, passengers were told to “close and lock their balcony doors, then lock their entrance door to their cabin and take shelter in the corridors.”
Jasinski shared her account in a piece she wrote for and later told CNN the passengers were fine with it. The company said there was no “specific” threat. Rather, the drill was taken as a precautionary measure. While passengers “seemed to be surprised,” they “were happy to go along with it,” Jasinski told CNN. agency that is responsible for the safety and security of ships. It’s a U.N. During the cruise, the ship’s captain apologized for alarming passengers but said the precautions are necessary, Jasinski said. But that all changed when the captain delivered some ominous news. “The pirate threat should be taken seriously,” Jasinski told CNN.