As Oceania Nautica was journeying through the Gulf of Aden, two small boats carrying armed pirates tried to intercept the 30,000 luxury cruise ship on Sunday morning. Nautica outrun the interceptors, and although some shots were fired the liner was not hit. The 684 passengers were safe inside the huge vessel.
The officer on duty spotted two skiffs approaching from a distance, with the intent to intercept and board Nautica. All the passengers were asked to stay out of the open decks and remain in their cabins during course of the attack. When the cruise ship was finally a safe distance away from its attackers, the fun on the ship continued.
The spokesperson of Oceania Cruises, Tim Rubacky, said that the two small vessels with outboard motors approached Nautica with the purpose of boarding the luxury liner. One of the two skiffs fired 8 shot when it was able to come as close as 300 yards from the large liner. Rubacky reported that Nautica was not hit. The ship sped up as the captain ordered and it was able to outrun the assailants.
Rubacky adds that all their crews are trained to deal with pirates and that all their ships come equipped with all the advanced anti-piracy technology available. All these measures were to ensure that their passengers and crew remain safe while aboard any of their liners. Oceania reported the incident to international authorities as soon as they were aware of the situation.
The fight against pirates has been going on for a long time, and the Gulf of Aden was regularly patrolled. This incident is only one of the numerous attacks that has been happened during the last couple of years. All passengers and guests should rest assure that Oceania, and other luxury cruise companies, have well trained personnel and well equipped liners to deal with these kinds of attacks.