Cruise Lines react to threats of piracy
Luxury cruise operators are the latest industry to react to threats of piracy off the coast of Somalia and other unrest in South Asia. At least one luxury cruise line has altered their scheduled itinerary, and another has taken the step of evacuating passengers from it’s ships prior to transiting the gulf of Aden and flying them to their next port of call in Dubai.
According to published reports, Royal Caribbean Cruise Line will continue to operate the M/V Legend of the Seas in the troubles region, but will take the precaution of “…continuously monitoring the security situation,” said Rama Rebbapragaba, RCCL regional vice president for Asia. Legend of the Seas did cancel a scheduled port call in Mumbai due to the recent terror attack there, and RCCL officials are cautiously watching the situation in Bankok.
Hapag-Lloyd Cruises announced on December 2nd that their luxry liner ) M/S Columbus will disembark passengers in Yemen and fly them to the ship’s next port of call in Dubai, while the 490 foot Columbus and 170 crew members sail through the area most affected by recent Somali pirate attacks. The Hapag-Lloyd group focuses primarily on global container liner shipping, but also is a top supplier of premium and luxury cruises in German-speaking countries.