UPDATE: Seabourn Spirit & Pirate Attack
Seabourn Spirit Outruns Pirates!
Q&A: HAL's Charlie Mandigo Talks Ship Security Life goes on for aficionados of exotic cruising following the unsuccessful pirate attack on Seabourn Spirit last week off the coast of Somalia. Peter Deilmann's Deutschland is currently sailing its scheduled Middle East cruise; the 16-night November 9 voyage from Cyprus to Dubai has already passed through the Suez Canal and is now sailing in the Red Sea.
But not all is the same as it was. According to a press announcement by the Germany-based cruise line, Deutschland is being carefully monitored by the Germany navy throughout the voyage. Deilmann's press release calls the matter "routine."
And while the ship is seriously far from the hot spots near Somalia, it is passing through some danger zones of its own. Two ports off limits to American cruise lines are the cities of Hodeidah and Aden in Yemen, where the U.S.S. Cole was attacked by terrorists in the spring of 2001. These have been visited by Deutschland on this itinerary as well. The ship also called at Egypt's Safaga, and will visit Salalah and Muscat in Oman and Fujairah in the United Arab Emirates before winding up in Dubai.
The pirate attack hasn't impacted Deilmann's plans to keep Deutschland in the Middle East and South Asia for the regularly scheduled and foreseeable future. Other cruise lines we contacted who plan to sail in the region in the next few months say no decision on itinerary changes has yet been made.