Greenpeace ain't what it used to be, if one is to believe "activist" Dominico Zapata, who traveled "halfway around the world" during four months on board the new Rainbow Warrior III mega yacht:
The trip began in Durban, South Africa, in September. The 60m-long ship then sailed to Mozambique, Mauritius, the Maldives and Sri Lanka during the next two months.
Mr Zapata remained aboard for the final five-week transit to New Zealand and anchored in the Bay of Islands earlier this month.
Mr Zapata spent the first half of the trip working as assistant chef and the second half as a deckhand.
It was his first long-distance ocean-sailing experience and a trip he will never forget. "The highlight for me was getting to surf and dive in places that not a lot of people have actually gone to and just getting to see the amazing beauty of what's out there and the need to protect it.
It is easy to understand why Zapata and his fellow "activists" enjoyed their cruise. Who would not like four months of cruising in the Indian och Pacific Oceans, visiting exotic destinations, out of reach for ordinary cruise ships?
In order not to upset the "progressive" supporters, who finance Greenpeace's cruising activities, the NGO had chosen to call this particular cruise "The Greenpeace Indian Ocean campaign":
"It was mainly a research campaign," he said. "It was to try to cut out pirate fishing in the Indian Ocean and look at creating a series of marine reserves."
For all those probably thousands of young people, who would like the same unique cruise experience, the Bay of Plenty Times offers some good advice.
This is how "activist" Zapata got his free cruise:
He has previously chained himself to a ship anchor in protest at the use of palm kernel and covered himself in molasses to highlight the issue of deep-sea oil drilling.
Read the entire article here