The Hermit Kingdom Goes Cruising

North Korea's first ever cruise ship is slightly rusty, doesn't offer unlimited buffets and has a bed shortage that forces guests to sleep on the floor.  But the maiden voyage of the Mangyongbong -- a former cargo ship-turned-cruise ship -- was cause for celebration for the recluse country.

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    Amid confetti and blaring music, the Mangyongbong  embarks on its maiden voyage from North Korea's Rason City to the picturesque Mount Kumgang resort.
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    No endless buffets, but plenty to eat for some in the recluse country where its people suffer from food shortages and malnutrition. 
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    A waitress dances as a North Korean man sings karaoke.
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    Accommodations are are a shared experience for these foreign journalists.
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    View from the lido deck.  No shuffle board, but there are plastic chairs and bright umbrellas for the comfort of passengers.
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    Mangyongbong, tied up in the port city of Rason.  Passengers had to navigate the pot holed dock before setting sail.
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