Travelers purchased to spend 10 nights in darkness on cruise to avoid pirates

(MEREDITH)– A dream vacation turned into a genuine nightmare for 1,900 travelers who spent countless dollars to take a 104-day cruise worldwide.

Passengers aboard the Sea Princess were bought to close their curtains and turn off any intense lights as the ship took a trip through the Indian Ocean and Suez Canal, the Telegraph reports. The cruise went through 10 nightly blackout durations due to the worry of being attacked by Somali pirates.

Carolyne Jasinski, a traveler on the ship, wrote an essay on

news.com.au, detailing her experience on the”ghost ship.” She wrote that when the sun started to set, cruise activities were put on pause.

“No deck celebrations, no films under the stars, no late-night outside bar hopping or pool dipping,” Jasinski composed.

During the drill, travelers were told to sit on the flooring and “hang on to hand rails in case the ship needed to steer far from pirate ships.”

“In case of a genuine danger, those guests in outside cabins were informed to close and lock their terrace doors, then lock their entryway door to their cabin and nestle in the corridors,” Jasinski composed.

The United Nations has actually had several conference for many years to go over the concern of piracy, which continues to be a “powerful risk” in certain locations all over the world.

In April 2017, the UN released a declaration urging commercial vessels to use caution when taking a trip off the coast of Somalia, home to increased pirate activity.

The cruise line that owns Sea Princess, told the New York Daily News their security steps “were simply taken out of an abundance of caution.”

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