Berlin (AP) German Cruise Operator Hapag-Lloyd says hundreds of passengers on a round-the-world cruise will disembark before reaching waters off Somalia and fly to Dubai to avoid pirates.
The company says the 490-foot MS Columbus and its crew will continue on through the Gulf of Aden. Passengers will rejoin the vessel in Oman for the remainder of a trip that began last month in Genoa, Italy.
A company spokesman said passengers would be transferred to planes, but would not comment further.
Pirates off the Somali coast have recently started trying to take cruise vessels. Last week the MS Nautica outran pirates that attacked it.