I’m sure they have what amounts to some sort of armed security force on board. To break up drunken brawls, escalated disputes at the buffet, poker games gone wrong, etc.
But what about defenses in a larger sense, like big guns.
Some of those cruise ships head into distant and not well traveled waters, like the Alaskan coastal islands, for instance.
It seems that it’s a floating city of expensive cameras, ipods, jewelery and cash just waiting for some enterprising Siberian gypsies on a boat with a big weapon. Not all that hard to imagine. The takings would certainly be good, I would think.
It wouldn’t be that hard to make them stop the ship, really. Just throw one of the gypsies into the water where they are sure to be seen, instant rescue, ship stops.
I know that they could easily call the coastguard or marines but I’m thinking it would take some time for them to arrive. Also it doesn’t seem so difficult to get a compatriot onto the cruise ship staff to keep them from using the radio to make that call.
So I’m thinking that they must have had the same thoughts. What sort of defenses do they have?
Do they have anything larger than a side arm on a security guard?