You're a sick woman....*adore*
What can I say; I'm twisted.
I'm not sure if this is a comment on the awesome speed at which cruise ships can actually move, or on the relatively poor quality of the pirate vessels,
Partially the quality. The captain of the cruise ship simply took the ship out to sea as fast as possible. The bitty boats couldn't follow.
w00t! Book me for that cruise with you, will ya?
That is pretty damn funny. I keep picturing the Love Boat with cannons. HA!!
I keep picturing the Love Boat with cannons.
I guess you'd have to have a sick problem with distinguishing Buccaneers from buccaneers. So that may just be me.
MY IL's are on a Seaborn cruise right now. When we saw the leader tease on the news we had to get on-line and make sure it wasn't their ship!
Thankfully, they are safe and sound in the Mediteranian, not near Africa. :)
That is a frightening icon!
I keep thinking back to Snow Crash, and their description of a pirate attack... but I always think back to Snow Crash, whenever anything happens on the news. "Hm, what would Hiro do?"
Anyway, I bet half the cruise patrons would think it was some sort of nifty show put on for their benefit. "Wow, look! They even got Bob to play a part! Holy shit, Bob, you're a great actor! It totally looks like you're bleeding to death!"
I need to reread Snow Crash.
Yeah, I know they are a real problem. But it's more fun to stay on the goofy side!
I heard actually that the cruise ship fended them off using sonic cannons - non-lethal weapons that could blow the attackers off their feet. To me, that sounds even cooler than bullets, which are so passe these days!
I'll try to find the link....
Ahahahahahaha! I would SO go on that cruise. Same idea as the Mystery Murder Dinners...
Screw the ten-pounders; let's get some modern armament in there. Couple of 5"/54 deck guns, maybe some Harpoons or Tomahawk TASMs, and a Phalanx CIWS just for bragging points. Standard missiles, I feel, would just be wanking at this point.
Coupla helicopters with sonobuoys and anti-sub munitions might round out the loadout rather well though.
um...you expect this to happen to private yachts? I thought pirates went out with the lead cannonball...
Piracy against private yachts actually happens quite a bit. Not as often, as say, a New York mugging, but often enough that I personally know someone that's been an ~almost~ victim of one. (In the way that this cruise ship was an ~almost~ victim of one.)
Gotta say, these pirates have some guts...
It would probably end up as a couple of point defense miniguns, cyclic rate of 1000 rounds a minute would make any pirate sit up and take notice...