Cruise passengers told to switch off lights and be "prepared for a pirate attack"
Deck parties, movies under the stars, late-night outdoor bar hopping or pool dipping were banned on the ship and lights were either dimmed or switched off
Tourists on board a luxury cruise sailing through the Arabian Sea and Suez Canal were subjected to a “dusk-till-dawn” black out for ten days as the captain of the ship implemented a strict code to prevent any pirate attack.
The cruise ship, Sea Princess was carrying 1,900 passengers on a 104-day trip. The passengers, who had paid GBP 30,000 to board the ship, were stunned as the captain ordered to shut all the curtains and lights as soon as evening approached, reported The Telegraph.
Carolyne Jasinski, one of the passengers aboard informed that the blackout happened during the nights when ship travelled across the Indian Ocean, the Arabian Sea, the Gulf of Aden and the Suez Canal. The caption took measures to make sure that ship was “prepared for a pirate attack,” she added.
Deck parties, movies under the stars, late-night outdoor bar hopping or pool dipping were banned on the ship and lights were either dimmed or switched off.
Three of the passengers who refused to abide by the orders as they wanted to play bridge were shamed by the captain. This also prompted the passengers to take the threat and orders seriously.
Passengers were instructed to “sit on the floor and to hang on to hand rails in case the ship had to manoeuvre away from pirate ships,” Jasinski said.
A spokesperson for the operator of the cruise, however, clarified that these measures were precautionary in nature and part of standard protocol while passing through this shipping lane.“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 international shipping sailing in the region,” the report quoted the spokesperson.