Several readers of Cruise Law News sent us articles today reporting that Greek police officers boarded the Costa Magica while it was in the Port in Piraeus, Greece and arrested four passengers who had possession of firearms.
The Croatian newspaper Slobodna Dalmacija Daily reports that the incident occurred on Thursday October 2nd.
Approximately 3,000 other passengers embarked from Venice on a seven-day Mediterranean cruise. Once the ship reached Greece, the Greek police boarded the Magica and arrested one woman and three men for possession of firearms (pistols).
The cruise ship was delayed departing from Piraeus because of the incident. The incident was not announced on the ship and the passengers seemed to be unaware of it.
The newspaper says that the news about the arrest of four passengers could not be found either in the Greek or in the Italian media. The newspaper interviewed crew members from Dubrovnik who explained the circumstances surrounding the arrests.
The newspaper say that the information was suppressed because it was bad for the cruise industry’s business.
Those interviewed explained that there are 3,000 passengers and 6000 suitcases simultaneously screened in just a few hours and it is impossible to effectively screen so many passengers and luggage in such little time.
This is particularly worrying, the newspaper suggested, when the Islamic states repeatedly threaten harm to the Americans and their allies.
The article is entitled The Terrorists Tried to Hijack the Cruise Ship with 3,000 Passengers.
There is no indication why the 4 passengers had the guns nor is there any proof or explanation in the newspaper that they were in fact terrorists.
The Costa Magica participated in anti-terrorist exercises last year.
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October 14, 2014 Update: Costa Crociere posted this statement on Twitter: “Segnalate alle autorità 5 persone che hanno tentato l’imbarco su Costa Magica con documenti falsi. Nessuna arma è stata trovata.” Translated: “5 people reported to the authorities who have attempted boarding on Costa Magica with false documents. No weapon was found.”
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