Do cruise ships get attacked by pirates?

Last updated on September 18th, 2023 at 07:53 pm

In the event of an attack, security staff have been trained to deal with these types of threats. Cruise lines have kept quiet about the specific tools that they employ to stop a pirate attack.

When we talk about pirates, you might be thinking “Pirates of the Caribbean” – but modern-day pirates don’t look anything like the fictitious characters in movies. 

Depending on the location of the cruise ship, it’s possible that it could get attacked, but the chances of a pirate attack on a cruise ship are very slim.

Over the past few years, there have been some pirate attacks on cruise ships in areas off the coast of northeastern Africa, Malaysia, the Red Sea and the Gulf of Aden off the coast of Sudan.

If your ship happens to be sailing through an area where pirates could be present, the captain of the ship may require all curtains to be closed, outdoor lights turned off and may even require passengers to stay inside during this time. 

Cruises departing from North America, visiting popular destinations in the Caribbean have little to worry about. 

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