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(CNN) -- A luxury cruise line will re-evaluate whether to offer future cruises off the coast of Somalia after pirates attempted to attack one of its ships early Saturday.

The modern-day pirates were in two small boats and carrying machine guns and a rocket-propelled grenade when they attempted the attack on Seabourn Cruise Lines' "Spirit" about 5:35 a.m. local time Saturday, Deborah Natansohn, president of the cruise line, told CNNRadio.

The ship was carrying 150 passengers and a crew of about 160.

The ship, she said, immediately instituted its emergency response system. "The occupants of those boats did not succeed in boarding the ship and eventually turned away ... our captain and crew did a terrific job taking responsive action."

Passenger Mike Rogers of Vancouver, Canada, said the pirates were shooting and sending rockets at the boat.

"The captain tried to run one of the boats over, but they were small boats, about 25 feet long," he told CNNRadio affiliate CKNW in Vancouver.

"Each one had four or five people on it, and (the captain) said he was going to do anything to keep them from getting on board."

The captain, however, did not hit the alarm button to alert passengers of the emergency, Rogers said.

"He announced it over the speakers, because he was scared people would run up on deck, and he didn't want people on deck because they would have been shot."

The cruise ship eventually outran the pirates' boats, Natansohn said. One person suffered minor injuries, she said, but did not elaborate.

"There's some minor damage done to the ship," Rogers said. "There's no water right now, for instance, in some places, and I believe one of the grenades actually went off in one of the cabins, but everyone on board is fine."

The boat is now en route to the Seychelles Islands, Natansohn said.

On Thursday, the United Nations' World Food Programme warned that hijackings off the coast of Somalia were restricting the delivery of needed food assistance to the country.

"The southern Somali coastline is one of the most dangerous in the world," the WFP said on its Web site.

"In recent months, WFP's operations in Somalia have been sabotaged by the hijackings of two vessels carrying relief food. Ship owners are now demanding armed escorts to travel in these waters."

Natansohn said efforts were underway Saturday to locate the pirates. "We have notified U.S., Canadian and Australian authorities, because most of our passengers come from those three countries, as well as local authorities in Africa."

"Seabourn 'Spirit' has offered itineraries in that part of the world before, but we'll obviously be looking at the incident to determine what to do in the future," she said.

Rogers said, "we're always looking for adventure, but this is probably a little more than we would normally look for."
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Looks like S.B.R.T is at it again
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LOL I heard masher and Stecz planning a little "cruise" in chat the other day.
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"In recent months, WFP's operations in Somalia have been sabotaged by the hijackings of two vessels carrying relief food. Ship owners are now demanding armed escorts to travel in these waters."


Kinda like New Orleans letem starve.

I would figure the side of the ship would be about 1 inch think . wouldn't think a bullet would go thru it???There lucky they didn't get on board . I bet it would of been bad

With this hitting the news it will give other ideas

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[QUOTE=Strip Poker 388With this hitting the news it will give other ideas

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Why the hell would you want to cruise near the coast of Somalia anyway? Screw that dump...

"And if you look to the West, you will see the coast of Somalia and its capital, Mogadishu. Yes, passengers, breathe deep, isn't the smell of garbage, rot and decay wonderful? Oh, these guys in boats waving guns at us? Don't worry, they just think we look like an easier target than US Marines or Rangers. Oh crap, they're right!!" To first mate: "RAMMMING SPEED!!!"
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The cruise ship eventually outran the pirates' boats, Natansohn said. One person suffered minor injuries, she said, but did not elaborate.

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I've had some bigger boats outrun me before, but never a cruise ship. That would really be embarrassing. LOL. JB
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I've had some bigger boats outrun me before, but never a cruise ship. That would really be embarrassing. LOL. JB[/QUOTE]

My thoughts exactly! Just what the hell kind of propulsion system are they running anyhow?

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