Posted by: Catie | December 3, 2008

Pirates attack American cruise ship

piratesI’ve never been on a cruise ship, but I’ve always thought about it — until now. 

Pirates — yes, pirates! — chased and shot at a U.S. cruise ship with more than 1,000 people on board.

They failed to hijack the luxury cruise liner Sunday between Yemen and Somalia, the Associated Press reported. But they definitely made me (and probably many others) think twice about shelling out thousands of dollars for a cruise where you just might hear, “Pop, pop, pop.”

If I want to see pirates, I’ll just sit home and watch Capt. Jack Sparrow in “Pirates of the Caribbean.”

My reaction is probably exactly what the cruise industry is dreading.

“As the recession takes hold, pushing down both prices and bookings, the last thing cruise lines need is for people to be too scared to take a holiday at sea,” Jane Archer wrote in the Telegraph today.

Fortunately, no one was hurt during Sunday’s pirate attack on Oceania Cruises’ ship Nautica.ship

But last October, FOX News reported maritime pirate attacks worldwide had jumped 14 percent in the first nine months of 2007 compared to the same time a year earlier. 

An International Maritime Bureau (IMB) report showed 198 ship attacks were reported from January 2007 to September 2007, up from 174 in the same period in 2006.Mideast Piracy

The FOX News report also quoted IMB as saying 15 vessels had been hijacked, 63 crew kidnapped and three killed during that time period. 

The IMB keeps a weekly piracy report and a map of piracy activity.

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