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Piracy threat causes cruise line to abandon ship in Yemen

Posted by Anita Dunham-Potter On December - 8 - 2008

Le Ponant photo courtesy of Compagnie des Iles du PonantThe pirate attack on Oceania’s Nautica has the cruise industry re-thinking it’s Middle Eastern cruise schedule.

German cruise operator Hapag-Lloyd is so concerned about a pirate attack on one of its ships that it is unloading passengers in Hodeidah, Yemen. Instead of sailing onboard the MS Columbus passengers will now spend three days in Yemen and then fly to Salalah, Oman to reconnect with the MS. Columbus and finish their journey into Dubai. The report comes from the son of a passenger onboard the MS Columbus who posted the account on iReport.com.

MS Columbus was on a scheduled 19-day voyage from Genoa, Italy to Dubai, United Arab Emirates. In the past week the vessel had transited the Suez Canal and stopped a various ports of call along the Red Sea. The 15,000-ton MS Columbus carries 420 passengers and 190 crew. The vessel is now transiting the Gulf of Aden with 50 crew. Good luck to them!

Stay tuned for more info.

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One Response to “Piracy threat causes cruise line to abandon ship in Yemen”

  1. Lisa Mills says:

    Wow. That’s more than a little scary. Something definitely needs to be done about the situation. Has NATO gotten involved?


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