March 30, 31, April 1,2,3, 4 2012 – Sea Days through pirate country.
As we sail westward from India, we pass through an area noted for pirate activity……
If you look on the map you can see all of those friendly countries, such as Somalia, Yemen, etc.
If you notice the last picture in Mumbai, they wrapped the ship in razor wire, I guess to prevent pirates from climbing up the side and over the rail.
They take this pirate prevention stuff pretty seriously on this ship, and I noticed that the Seabourn Quest, which is also on a world cruise and has been showing up occasionally, was taking similar precautions when they were next to us in Mumbai.
In addition to the razor wire, the ship will run at top speed, 24 or 25 knots from Mumbai to the Red Sea, the Captain claiming that speed is actually the best defense – I guess the pirates have slow fishing type boats.
There is a 24/7 watch on each side of deck 3 (where we walk) with security crew members constantly scanning the sea with binoculars. I guess this is in case something slips through the radar.
Another level of pirate deterrent are these fire hoses, several of which are mounted on deck 3, on each side of the ship. They are constructed in such a way that they can be operated and aimed without leaning over edge and exposing oneself.
And so we sail on our relaxing sea voyage – ready to repel boarders at a minute’s notice!
Post script – we pull into Egypt in a few hours, apparently beyond the pirate danger.