Last month, Jenn#1 posted a concern about terrorists using SCUBA. Most of the responses rather discounted the concern. I just found that thread today, and here's my response:
"Way back when, the U.S. Navy taught me how to do a ship bottom search for limpet mines. That experience also taught me how easy it would be to place a limpet mine on the hull of any civilian ship, including a cruise ship - which, even since 9-11, would not be difficult, even with harbor security in place, operational and alert. IMHO, JimM has a reasonable concern. It's very easy to assume that our in-place security will be able to prevent all terrorist incidents, but such an assumption is foolish indeed. Certainly a ship could become a terrorist target. Let's be real, folks."
Just try to imagine the results of a ship in the Panama Canal being the target of a successful terrorist.
Yes again, Divetex. I agree completely and rather think a mega-ship is an attractive target for terrorists. Coast guard security in the U.S. is provided out 3 miles from U.S. ports. But what about foreign ports?
First speed boat I see with middle-eastern men approaching my cruise I'm throwing my frozen drink on them!!!
Being in the Law Enforcement loop, this is a real threat but I was on the "Radiance" in Oct '01, the "Legend of the Seas" in Mar '02 and have booked the "Legend" again next month plus "Carnival's Spirit" next April. PHEW...concerned, yes but cruising? YES!