[quote]Luxury ocean liners in Russia are offering pirate hunting cruises aboard armed private yachts off the Somali coast.
Luxury ocean liners in Russia are offering pirate hunting cruises aboard armed private yachts off the Somali coast.
Wealthy punters pay £3,500 per day to patrol the most dangerous waters in the world hoping to be attacked by raiders.
When attacked, they retaliate with grenade launchers, machine guns and rocket launchers, reports Austrian business paper Wirtschaftsblatt.
Passengers, who can pay an extra £5 a day for an AK-47 machine gun and £7 for 100 rounds of ammo, are also protected by a squad of ex special forces troops.
The yachts travel from Djibouti in Somalia to Mombasa in Kenya.
The ships deliberately cruise close to the coast at a speed of just five nautical miles in an attempt to attract the interest of pirates.
“They are worse than the pirates,” said Russian yachtsman Vladimir Mironov. “At least the pirates have the decency to take hostages, these people are just paying to commit murder,” he continued.
Yeah, so who’s up for a vacation like this? Are you tired of friends not being impressed by your mean jungle journey into Cambodia or Laos after they found out it’s just a cushy day trip from Bangkok?
Yeah, I know, you took a cooler trip than that. I’m sure you did. But you know what, after you finish your story about how you nearly lost your life when a bunch of child beggars stole your cellphone and your Taiwan ATM card didn’t work in the jungle, I’m going to open up my knapsack and show you my pirate booty.
Just kidding I can’t afford that. But um, I’m saving up!