Tourists on board a luxury cruise sailing through the Arabian Sea and Suez Canal were subjected to a "dusk-till-dawn" black out for ten days as the captain of the ship implemented a strict code to prevent any pirate attack.
It was supposed to be a magical 104-day world cruise aboard the Sea Princess for the 1,900 passengers who shelled out tens of thousands of dollars. In addition to the blackout, Jasinski said all passengers also had to take part in drills in case of an actual pirate attack. During this time, the Sea Princess was seen as a "ghost ship, according to Jasinski, and it was due to lights being turned off, shutters being closed, and passengers being ordered to stay quiet".
Deck parties, movies under the stars, late-night outdoor bar hopping or pool dipping were banned on the ship and lights were either dimmed or switched off.
What's more, the passengers on the ship were required to participate in safety drills to prepare for pirate attacks.
"They were advised to sit on the floor and to hang on to hand rails in case the ship had to manoeuvre away from pirate ships", she wrote. He apologised for alarming passengers.
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While some travellers were skeptical of the risk and ignored the rules of the drill run, Jasinski says the captain quickly put them in their place and scolded them over the loudspeaker.
During its long journey through the Indian Ocean, the Sea Princess didn't meet any trouble from pirates or anything else.
Once the crew notified the travelers - some of whom paid a reported $50,000 for the whole trip - they immediately began to take it seriously, Jasinski claimed.
The ship could outrun pirates if necessary, the captain told crew members, but there were other options to keep the pirates at bay - officers were on duty 24/7, fire hoses were ready to be used and, as a last resort, a sonic boom could knock pirates off their ladders.
"Piracy specific training is conducted prior to any of our vessels entering areas of concern". A Sea Princess spokesperson told The Telegraph that there was not a specific threat and all the measures were precautionary and, in fact, common to ships sailing through that region.
USA TODAY has reached out to Princess Cruises for comment.