Wednesday, December 03, 2008

A Travel Agent I Shouldn't Be

My mom is still on her 35-day cruise of a lifetime. As I've mentioned before, she hasn't travelled much throughout her life, and this is her first cruise. She was nervous about going, but we waived away her concerns, telling her that she'd be perfectly safe on such a large ship, and with so many other people. Her cruise was supposed to stop in Mumbai. That's obviously not going to happen given the recent terrorist attacks, but upon reading the news on the day of the attacks, I was fearful for my mom as I wasn't sure of when she was going to be there. She wasn't there, and the ship wasn't stopping there anymore. Ok, mom was safe again. Or so I thought. What were the odds then, that this 30,000 ton commercial vessel, with almost seven hundred passengers on board, would be attacked by pirates? Seriously! Read the article! Everyone had to take cover as two skiffs tried to intercept ship, and fired eight rifle shots! No one was hurt, and the ship outran the pirates, but what a thing to happen! The cruise is still continuing, and ma is still enjoying herself, but holy crap! If I ever encourage you to take a trip, don't listen to me!

6 comments:

Whirlwind said...

Glad to hear everything is fine.

Chantal said...

OMG your mom was on that boat! WOW. I just saw the news article about it while I was on lunch. Thank goodness she is okay. I bet everyone wanted to kiss the ships captain after he outran them! Now that it is over you can think about the fun stories you can tell your grand kids about how great-grandma was attacked by pirates. I mean really, no one has been able to do that for hundreds of years!

No Mother Earth said...

Pirates? Holy crap! I didn't even know there was still such a thing.

motherbumper said...

I am so sorry. My mom loves cruises but after we discovered that the open ocean is a no mans land (as in, if the law is broken on the open sea, it's basically a lawless place and becomes very difficult to press charges), my mom decided to stop cruising. 95% of the time it's great but pirates are becoming a bigger and bigger concern these days - DAMN I wish I was kidding (but argh matey, I'm not). And these pirates are not cute like Jack Black, that much I know. I hope the rest of your mom's journey is safe and enjoyable.

Nora Bee said...

Oh no! I saw this, but I didn't know anyone on the boat. It will make for a good story anyway...glad she is safe.

Barrie said...

I saw the stuff about the pirates on the news. And to think I sort of kind of knew someone on the cruise ship! It's a small world.