Since King David has gone off to parts unknown, I'll try to help. Apparently, a cruise ship going through the Indian Ocean (not really near Somali pirates) chose to have a ten night pirate drill with all passengers aboard, most of whom were paying up to $40,000 for the cruise.
Now precautions can be a good idea, but in light of the recent collision of a U.S. Navy ship with a freighter, going without lights really isn't exactly the best idea. Instead, remember that your ship is a much more stable platform than a pirate boat is likely to be, and have a few crew members on board to spot prospective pirates, and if necessary, introduce them to Ma Deuce, or possibly something in 40mm if longer range is desired. After all, five or so people to guard the ship (really a small faction of the security staff you'd want with 1900 passengers and probably 1000 staff) is a whole lot cheaper than 1900 people with their vacations ruined.
And also on the light side, who wouldn't want to take a ten day cruise to Dubai with a nighttime curfew through pirate infested waters? I bet the reason KD didn't write about this is he was on the ship!
(sorry, KD, couldn't resist)
In other cruising news, a cruise ship in Alaska arrived in Ketchikan with a dead whale stuck on the bow. I'm guessing that "smell of the seas" really enhanced the experience at the evening buffet.
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