A Dutch-owned cruise ship full of British retirees has been impounded in the Madeira Islands, which is an autonomous region of Portugal. I guess that makes it an international incident.
The issue seems to be a £1.5 million debt involving the previous owners of the cruise ship Van Gogh. While the courts sort it out, the 460 passengers are stuck on the islands, at least for now. For the most part, they seem not to mind terribly much.
""We’re in a beautiful place. You couldn’t be in a better place to be held ransom," one passenger told the BBC.
Here’s hoping the next cruise ship I’m on gets impounded. I have a strong preference for Hawaii.