It looks like the pesky and potentially dangerous pirates of the Arabian Sea are starting to impact the way cruise lines do business. The luxury German cruise line Hapag-Lloyd is evacuating 300 passengers and crew (not the captain, we hope) from its Columbus ship before it gets to the Gulf of Aden off the coast of Somalia, where pirates have been wreaking havoc for several months.

The Columbus is in the middle of a round-the-world cruise, but instead of floating along, the passengers will be put on a plane in some undisclosed location and then flown to the next port of call, where they will meet the ship - provided it makes it through the gulf intact and pirate-free. Now, to be sure, the cruise passengers are sorta getting a bonus: they will spend 3 days at a five-star resort waiting for the ship to arrive. Now that's some pirate's booty.

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