Security experts say cruise liners are vulnerable to attacks.
The Miami-based Seabourn Cruise Line ship Seabourn Spirit was attacked by a gang of pirates off Africa this weekend.
Cruise lines say they train their crews and have security measures to respond effectively to these threats. But security experts say that despite all the preparations, cruise liners are vulnerable to attacks.
Cruise industry officials say the Spirit's successful efforts to repel the attackers validate security plans that all ships must have in place under U.S. and international law. They point out that no passenger was injured on the Spirit and just one crew member had minor injuries.
The cruise lines are reluctant to talk about their specific security plans. They fear the information could help those willing to pounce ships.
On the Net:
International Council of Cruise Lines: http://www.iccl.org
Carnival Corp.: http://www.carnivalcorp.com
Seabourn Cruise Line: http://www.seabourn.com