Earlier this year, passengers on Sea Princess complained that the threat of piracy restricted their involvement in cruise activities at night such as deck parties, late night swimming and movies under the stars.
Sea Princess passengers were required to participate in a pirate alarm drill where they were sent back to their cabins to be counted.
Passengers in outside cabins were instructed to close and lock their balcony doors and then lock their entrance to their cabin and take shelter in the corridors.
The captain explained to the cruisers that the ship could outrun pirate ships but just in case, officers were on watch 24/7 and fire hoses were ready on Deck 7, the spot that pirates would attempt to climb aboard.
If the high-pressure spray didn’t succeed, then there was also a detergent solution ready to stop them. If that failed, there was a sonic boom that was said to knock pirates off their feet and leave them with bleeding ears.
John Honeywell, cruising expert told The Telegraph, “So-call ship hardening techniques make the pirates’ task more difficult. As well as providing extra look-outs around the clock, operators are advised to deploy razor wire and electrified barriers, and to fit frills over winds and portholes.”
He explained that water cannons are also used to drench pirates and potentially sink their small boats.
Crew are advised to wear bullet-proof vests and helmets in the event of a pirate attack.
Sometimes less sophisticated tactics are used such as in 2009, when passengers threw tables and deckchairs to stop Somali pirates who were attempting to board the MSC Melody.
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