(MEREDITH) – A dream vacation turned into a real nightmare for 1,900 passengers who shelled out thousands of dollars to take a 104-day cruise around the world.
Passengers aboard the Sea Princess were ordered to close their curtains and turn off any bright lights as the ship traveled through the Indian Ocean and Suez Canal, the Telegraph reports.
The cruise underwent 10 nightly blackout periods due to the fear of being attacked by Somali pirates.
Carolyne Jasinski, a passenger on the ship, wrote an essay on news.com.au, detailing her experience on the "ghost ship."
She wrote that when the sun began to set, cruise activities were put on pause.
“No deck parties, no movies under the stars, no late-night outdoor bar hopping or pool dipping,” Jasinski wrote.
During the drill, passengers were told to sit on the floor and “hang on to hand rails in case the ship had to maneuver away from pirate ships.”
“In case of a real threat, those passengers in outside cabins were told to close and lock their balcony doors, then lock their entrance door to their cabin and take shelter in the corridors,” Jasinski wrote.
The United Nations has had several meeting over the years to discuss the issue of piracy, which continues to be a "potent threat" in certain areas around the world.
In April 2017, the UN released a statement urging commercial vessels to use caution when traveling off the coast of Somalia, home to heightened pirate activity.
The cruise line that owns Sea Princess, told the New York Daily News their security measures “were simply taken out of an abundance of caution."
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