Cruise ship Nautica belonging to Oceania Cruises escaped hijackers in the Gulf of Aden when the cruise ship was attacked by pirates.
Cruise Ship Attacked By Pirates
Far removed from the antics of romanticized pirates like Jack Sparrow, passengers of the US cruise ship attacked by pirates feared for their lives as the vessel sought to outrun the would-be maritime hijackers. The Associated Press reports that the attack took place in the Gulf of Aden.
Cruise Ship Nautica Fought Off Six Pirates
The Cruise ship attacked by pirates is owned by Oceania Cruises. The company revealed that the vessel in question is the cruise ship Nautica. According to the company’s November 2008 press release, the attacked cruise ship Nautica encountered two smaller boats that attempted to intercept the Nautica’s course.
As the cruise ship increased its speed, the would-be hijackers were left behind, but not until the pirates fired eight rifle shots from a 900 feet distance.
Oceania Cruises for Luxury Travelers
Oceania Cruises, in an April 2007 press release, self-identified as “the world’s only upper-premium cruise line.” The cruise ship Nautica, along with her sister ships the Regatta and the Insignia, feature rooms for 684 guests each.
Gulf of Aden Notorious for Pirate Attacks
The Gulf of Aden is situated in a portion of the Indian Ocean known as the Arabian Sea. It is virtually synonymous with attempts of piracy in Somalia. CNN reported just two months ago that there had been four (!) ships attacked by pirates; all of these attacks failed.
CNN further reported that these pirate attacks took place in spite of the known presence of heavily armed US warships. Earlier in the same year, in April, Reuters declared that a French luxury yacht with a crew of 34 was successfully hijacked by pirates. This assault mimics this latest incident of a cruise ship attacked by pirates, in that two vessels chased after the French ship.
It begs the question why the notorious Gulf of Aden is continuously traversed by passenger carrying cruise liners when pirates are not even deterred by American warships. Are passengers truly aware of the danger they face by being onboard? How safe are you on the Arabian Sea, specifically on a cruise ship traversing Pirate Alley?
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