Cruise-Ship Outfit Flies Passengers Around Pirates

Liner picks them up in Oman to continue month-long journey
By Ambreen Ali,  Newser User
Posted Dec 9, 2008 3:10 PM CST
The MV Ibn Batouta offloaded its shipment in Mogadishu, Somalia, on Sunday. The cargo ship was escorted by a warship to prevent any pirate attacks.   (AP Photo)
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(Newser) – Passengers will evacuate a German cruise liner and fly over the troubled waters off Somalia’s pirate-infested coast to avoid being the next victims of a maritime attack, the Wall Street Journal reports. The Hapag-Lloyd ship, slated to reach Yemen today, will travel empty through the Gulf of Aden and pick 246 travelers back up in Oman.

Germany issued a travel advisory as the European Union’s armada readied a defense against the pirates, who recently switched from attacking cargo vessels to cruise ships. An American cruise line confirmed a failed attack by pirates earlier this month. To avoid a similar incident, Hapag-Lloyd will have its passengers spend three days in Dubai before putting them back aboard.