It is said to have been implemented as the massive vessel travelled across the Indian Ocean, the Arabian Sea, the Gulf of Aden and the Suez Canal.
Jasinski said the captain alerted the 1,900 passengers, apologizing for alarming them, but insisted they must be prepared for a possible pirate attack. She said: "In the case of a real threat, those passengers in outside cabins were told to close and lock their balcony doors, then lock the entrance door to their cabin and take shelter in the corridors". Passengers from three cabins were allegedly scolded for not doing as instructed for the drill.
Almost 2,000 people were on the world cruise, ending in Dubai, at the time. In addition to our normal ongoing security training, additional piracy specific training is conducted prior to any of our vessels entering regions of concern.
"It was made very clear on the Sea Princess, very quickly, that this pirate threat was not something to be joked about", Jasinski wrote in the essay.
"Any measures aboard Sea Princess were simply taken out of an abundance caution and not in response to a specific threat".
Additionally, Kim Petersen, president of consulting firm Security Dynamics, said that while the captain's dusk-till-dawn blackouts aren't standard operating procedure, "Captains of vessels traveling on itineraries suspected of having an increased risk of this type of threat are encouraged to request a naval escort through suspect waters". In 2016, IMB reported 191 incidents, down from 246 incidents in 2015.
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"Any measures aboard Sea Princess were simply taken out of an abundance caution and not in response to a specific threat and are common to global shipping sailing in the region", the spokesperson said.
There have reportedly been half a dozen attempts to attack a cruise liner in the last 12 years. "To the best of my knowledge no passenger cruise ships have been captured by pirates anywhere in the world".
Jasinski also wrote that the captain announced there would be a "compulsory pirate drill". He explained that cruise ships are larger and faster than the boats pirates use, and that cargo ships have low freeboards that make them easier for pirates to board.
"She was a ghost ship".
The entire ship was subjected to a "pirate attack drill" and were told to "sit on the floor and to hang on to hand rails in case the ship had to manoeuvre away from pirate ships".
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