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Cruise Ship Prepares for potential Pirate Attack

.telegraph.co.uk/Jonathan Pearlman: Tourists on a luxury cruise were suddenly subject to a dusk-till-dawn blackout by the captain and ordered to go without the standard entertainment and trappings for ten days because of a “pirate threat”.

The 1,900 passengers aboard the Sea Princess, who had paid more than £30,000 for a 104-day world cruise departing from Sydney, were apparently stunned to learn that all curtains must be drawn and shutters closed as the vessel was turned into a “ghost ship”.

Describing the ordeal, Carolyne Jasinski, a passenger, said the blackout occurred for ten days as the ship travelled across the Indian Ocean, the Arabian Sea, the Gulf of Aden and the Suez Canal. Read Article

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Various Scenarios in Which Cruise Ships could be attacked by terrorists

cruiselawnews.com reported…..A terrorist fires a RPG into a cruise ship: Libya is awash in weapons after Colonel Muammar Gadaffi was killed and lost control of the country. Automatic weapons, rocket propelled grenades (RPG’s), mortars, bazookas, and anti-aircraft guns have fallen into the hands of violent religious fanatics. The two Tunisian terrorist killed during the attack [...]

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Cozumel Mexico: Cruise Ship Denied Access, carrying passenger with possible exposure to Ebola

washingtonpost.com reported the cruise ship carrying a Texas health-care worker who “may have” handled lab specimens from Dallas Ebola victim Thomas Eric Duncan is headed back to the United States after Mexican authorities failed to grant permission for the ship to dock off the coast of Cozumel, according to a Carnival spokeswoman. The Carnival Magic [...]

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U.K.: Freak Accident, passenger killed aboard cruise ship Marco Polo

Marco Polo ‘safe to be back at sea’ after death onboard The owners of the cruise ship Marco Polo have defended its seaworthiness following the death of one of its passengers in a freak accident. Cruise & Maritime Voyages (CMV) said the ship was back at sea yesterday, having passed safety tests, two days after [...]

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American remains missing after intentionally going overboard on cruise ship

CNN reports that an American cruise ship passenger was reported overboard Wednesday, and the U.S. Coast Guard joined the search in the Pacific Ocean northeast of Hawaii. The 54-year-old woman was witnessed intentionally going overboard from the Grand Princess, Princess Cruises said, adding that the witness’ account was confirmed by closed-circuit television. The Grand Princess [...]

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Chinese cruise liner detained in South Korea

According to cctv.cn, China’s first luxury cruise ship is being detained in Jeju, South Korea, as the result of a legal dispute. Tourists and staff of the Henna have been stranded on board for more than 30 hours. The governments of China and South Korea are coordinating efforts for its early release. Accommodation on board [...]

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British cruise ship passenger drowns on trip to British Virgin Islands

According to birminghammail.com, a holidaymaker from Birmingham drowned after going for a swim in rough seas while on a Caribbean cruise, an inquest heard. Lloyd Schrouder, 54, of Glen Park, Ward End, was pulled out of the water but attempts to resuscitate him failed – as desperate relatives waited 45 minutes for an ambulance. In [...]

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Cruise ship passenger dies after falling from ship’s balcony

According to click2houston.com, during a seven-day Caribbean cruise aboard the Carnival Magic, 39-year-old, Chris Carter, accidentally fell from his cabin balcony and landed on an open deck area three decks below. Tragically, the guest died on Tuesday morning. According to witnesses who were on the balcony with him at the time, the guest was sitting [...]

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Fire disables Spanish cruise ship, trapping tourists on board

Thelocal.es reports that Spanish passengers on board the stricken cruise ship Zenith have spoken of their overnight ordeal “in pyjamas” while waiting to be towed ashore following a fire in the ship’s engine room. Some 1,672 passengers and 600 crew members were left adrift in the Adriatic Sea when a fire immobilized the 21-year-old Pullmantour [...]

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Carribean: Three men arrested after robbing multiple tourists in St. Lucia

As covered by examiner.com, “Sky News reports that three men have been arrested. According to a police statement, ‘The men systematically searched the guests as well as their belongings. The masked men robbed them of monies, jewellery, cameras and cell phones and escaped in the nearby bushes… Apart from the trauma of the incident, none [...]

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