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While I was admiring Oceania’s Regatta across the harbour in Castries, St Lucia today, her sister ship Nautica was fending off pirates in the Gulf of Aden, according to Seatrade Insider.
Eight shots were fired from one of two small skiffs which pursued the cruise ship, although the pirates never got closer than 300 metres. None of the shots hit the ship, according to Oceania president Bob Binder.
The incident began at 9.28 am local time, and was over within no more than seven minutes, as Nautica, under the command of Capt Jurica Brajcic, took evasive action and powered up to full speed to outrun the attackers.
There were no injuries to passengers or crew.
In 2005, Seabourn Spirit came under fire from pirates off the Somali coast. The ship took evasive action and there were no injuries.
The Nautica had already announced it would be canceling a scheduled call in Mumbai on December 9. She’s having an interesting week.

By | 2008-11-30T23:25:15+00:00 30 November 2008|Cruise news|0 Comments

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