The cruise ship stayed in the Cayman Islands for only a few hours.
The ship accommodates up to 3,000 people, Zavareei said. About 500 passengers were part of the cruise sponsored by The Nation magazine, which featured guests such as John Nichols from MSNBC, author Chris Hayes and singer Joan Baez.
"There was no threat from the police to arrest us," Zavareei said. "And there was no reaction from people inside the building."
The cruise ship spent most of its time docked in Honduras and Jamaica.
Zavareei said she found out about CODEPINK after her husband died.
Hassan Zavareei, an economics professor at the West Virginia University Institute of Technology, died in June 2008. Born in Iran in 1940, he moved to the United States when he was 20.
He returned to Iran in 1977 to study the growing democratic movements against the Shah's dictatorial government. Hassan was then detained for several weeks by the Shah's secret police.
"I have been trying to go to Iran to bring my husband's ashes back. I thought it would be easy, because they had a dual citizenship policy," Zavareei said.
That policy allows people who become citizens in other countries to keep their citizenship in Iran.
"I found out about CODEPINK during that process. They had gone to the Middle East for at least a dozen peace missions, including Iran and Afghanistan. Gaza is their big issue.
"Eventually, I want to go with them on one of those trips. The founders of the group -- Jodie Evans and Medea Banjamin -- are both Jewish. Peace in the Middle East is an issue that needs to be solved," Zavareei said.
Evans said, as reported on CODEPINK's website, "The U.S. deficit could be solved with the $150 billion a year that could be recovered from these offshore tax shelters."
Benjamin said, "That's why we are here, in the Cayman Islands, to demand that corporations such as Exxon, McDonald's, and KBR [formerly Kellogg Brown & Root] bring the tax dollars home."
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