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Yo ho ho! [Nov. 7th, 2005|11:11 am]
Zoethe
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Okay, you expect this to happen to private yachts, but now pirates are attacking cruise ships? That's pretty damned bold. We're not talking about scurvy dogs with knives between their teeth. These guys had rocket launchers. They weren't successful because the captain outran the speedboats. 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, or simply on the difficulty of boarding a ship that's kicking up a hella wake, but considering that one stateroom was blown up and passengers were dodging bullets, it sounds like a hair-raising experience.

I've never taken a cruise, though it is something that I'd like to do. I'm finding that this incident isn't quelling my desire to go on one, but instead making me wish that cruiselines would add defenses to their ships. A Carnival Line cruise ship with a row of 10-pounders bristling amid-ships? Sweet! A pirate attack would become a tourist experience, as the gunners fired on the bastards. I'd pay for the opportunity to witness that!
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[User Picture]From: lothie
2005-11-07 04:17 pm (UTC)
You're a sick woman....*adore*
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2005-11-07 04:19 pm (UTC)
What can I say; I'm twisted.
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From: shadowkat01
2005-11-07 04:19 pm (UTC)
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.
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From: ex_leopardp
2005-11-07 04:25 pm (UTC)
w00t! Book me for that cruise with you, will ya?
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[User Picture]From: myfanwy_65
2005-11-07 04:25 pm (UTC)
That is pretty damn funny. I keep picturing the Love Boat with cannons. HA!!
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2005-11-07 04:26 pm (UTC)
I keep picturing the Love Boat with cannons.

Exactly!!!
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[User Picture]From: wyrrlen
2005-11-07 04:35 pm (UTC)
Was I the only one to tie it together with the cheerleader sex scandal?

http://www.livejournal.com/users/wyrrlen/31443.html
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[User Picture]From: wyrrlen
2005-11-07 04:38 pm (UTC)
I guess you'd have to have a sick problem with distinguishing Buccaneers from buccaneers. So that may just be me.
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[User Picture]From: pleepleus
2005-11-07 04:38 pm (UTC)
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. :)
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2005-11-07 05:08 pm (UTC)
That is a frightening icon!
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[User Picture]From: pavel_lishin
2005-11-07 04:45 pm (UTC)
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!"
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2005-11-07 05:09 pm (UTC)
Oh, yeah!

I need to reread Snow Crash.
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2005-11-07 05:10 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I know they are a real problem. But it's more fun to stay on the goofy side!
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[User Picture]From: wolflady26
2005-11-07 04:48 pm (UTC)
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....
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[User Picture]From: ladyortyger
2005-11-07 06:31 pm (UTC)
Ahahahahahaha! I would SO go on that cruise. Same idea as the Mystery Murder Dinners...
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[User Picture]From: kizayaen
2005-11-07 11:00 pm (UTC)
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.

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[User Picture]From: miripanda
2005-11-07 11:36 pm (UTC)
um...you expect this to happen to private yachts? I thought pirates went out with the lead cannonball...
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[User Picture]From: jfargo
2005-11-07 11:42 pm (UTC)
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...
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[User Picture]From: phantomdancer
2005-11-08 05:38 am (UTC)
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...
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