No One Wants To Claim An Abandoned Russian Cruise Ship Drifting Toward Europe
A Russian cruise ship has been adrift in the North Atlantic since January, after breaking free from a towing line as it was being delivered from Canada to a scrapyard in the Dominican Republic.Here's the ship in question:
The Lyubov Orlova, built in 1976, once operated as a cruise ship, exploring the icy waters of Antarctica. In 2010, she was seized at St. John's harbor in Newfoundland following a suit by a haulage contractor against the Russian owners over $250,000 in unpaid fees. The ship remained tied up for more than two years before it was sold to Caribbean buyers in February 2012.
Oh, sure, it's no Carnival cruise ship - but then again, it's not on fire.
Now, just think of the kind of fun we could have with a cruise ship. Kit her out with a skeleton crew, set sail for known pirate waters, wait for an adventurous group of latter-day Jack Sparrows, and then open up with a handful of previously hidden Ma Deuces... I'd wager you could bring a dozen or so big game hunters for a cruise for the ultimate experience: Pirate Hunter.
Let's see... According to Wikipedia, she fits a crew of 70 and allows for 110 passengers. I'm thinking that if we trimmed the crew complement to 50, we could make room for a larger armory. Instead of 110 passengers, you arrange a couple dozen decent suites and maybe another couple dozen standard rooms...
Oh, I wager we could have a LOT of fun with this...
That is all.