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Muster drills

PEB

Captain
Staff member
Each cruise ship does muster drills for each cruise. One thing I was glad to see on our recent Holland America cruises was that they seem to be taken more seriously since the Costa Cruise disaster. There are still passengers who think these things are a joke and either try to purposely miss them or just waste time talking and joking around during them. Holland America did take a roll call and did make announcements for people to quiet down and listen. I was also glad to see this. For those of you who think you do not need the drills and want to just goof off through them or try to hide from them what you are actually doing is causing them to take longer then they need to be. If everyone showed up right away and just kept quiet and listened the drills would only take about 10 to 15 minutes instead of 25 to 30 minutes. Believe me the drills are important so please be considerate of the other passengers that are onboard the cruise and cooperate so everyone can go on with having a good time.
 

Pam in CA

Captain
I've taken several cruises since the Concordia disaster and people seem to be taking Muster drill more seriously. Which is a good thing.

On last night's evening news, they had a segment about Captain Shettino (sp?) and the Concordia. The reporter said that as a result of the accident, things have changed and Muster is now required before sailing. However, he failed to mention that that's been the case in the US and on major lines such as HAL, Princess, etc. for years. I believe US Coast Guard requires Muster before sailing and that as a result of the Concordia, all lines are now in accordance.
 

NoSpinTravel

Deckhand
Each cruise ship does muster drills for each cruise. One thing I was glad to see on our recent Holland America cruises was that they seem to be taken more seriously since the Costa Cruise disaster. There are still passengers who think these things are a joke and either try to purposely miss them or just waste time talking and joking around during them. Holland America did take a roll call and did make announcements for people to quiet down and listen. I was also glad to see this. For those of you who think you do not need the drills and want to just goof off through them or try to hide from them what you are actually doing is causing them to take longer then they need to be. If everyone showed up right away and just kept quiet and listened the drills would only take about 10 to 15 minutes instead of 25 to 30 minutes. Believe me the drills are important so please be considerate of the other passengers that are onboard the cruise and cooperate so everyone can go on with having a good time.
Each cruise ship does muster drills for each cruise. One thing I was glad to see on our recent Holland America cruises was that they seem to be taken more seriously since the Costa Cruise disaster. There are still passengers who think these things are a joke and either try to purposely miss them or just waste time talking and joking around during them. Holland America did take a roll call and did make announcements for people to quiet down and listen. I was also glad to see this. For those of you who think you do not need the drills and want to just goof off through them or try to hide from them what you are actually doing is causing them to take longer then they need to be. If everyone showed up right away and just kept quiet and listened the drills would only take about 10 to 15 minutes instead of 25 to 30 minutes. Believe me the drills are important so please be considerate of the other passengers that are onboard the cruise and cooperate so everyone can go on with having a good time.
Not only does HAL do a good job in muster drills. If you don't show up they will escort you off the ship. you will not be allowed to return. Having been in a crash on a reef and watched people wander around with drink in hand saying "where do I go" listen carefully and know where to go in emergency.
 

Pam in CA

Captain
Not only does HAL do a good job in muster drills. If you don't show up they will escort you off the ship. you will not be allowed to return. Having been in a crash on a reef and watched people wander around with drink in hand saying "where do I go" listen carefully and know where to go in emergency.
I think this depends on the cruise. :( During every HAL Muster I've been to, I've been pushed to the back behind lines of people substantially taller than me so I couldn't see anything. Good thing I'm not claustrophobic. The sound system was sketchy at best with speakers that weren't up to par. While I haven't been on a ship that went on a reef, I was on the Prinsendam once when at 2AM, the alarm sounded. People were running around the hallways in various states of dress, some in PJs who ran to the lifeboats. About five minutes later, the Captain came on the PA and told everyone to remain in their cabins. Those five minutes felt like a lifetime without any news or instructions. It turned out to be a minor fire but while I really liked the Captain (Chris Turner), with whom we'd sailed several times previously, I wasn't overly impressed by either the Muster drill or the way the emergency was handled. I'm sure we all have different experiences and kudos to HAL for disembarking passengers who won't attend Muster.
 

middy

Deckhand
Never cruised with HAL. But have experience of other lines.
Very much a mixed batch. Since the Costa event I've had an experience where we were advised not to take life jackets, luckily we had checked ours as one was faulty and what I really didn't like was they were of different makes hence the instructions given were not appropriate for some of the jackets in our cabin. I'm not keen on the meet in a lounge experience.( especially when they manage to get in a talk on shopping in high end shops)
My best experience is with Thomson. Meet at the lifeboat, roll call, inspection by senior staff, they have been doing this ever since I did my first trip with them in 97. If you don't turn up letter from captain to attend a rescheduled muster, so they miss nobody even on the multi pickup cruises.
 

Pam in CA

Captain
I'm not keen on the meet in a lounge experience.( especially when they manage to get in a talk on shopping in high end shops)
I'd go "Yuck" too if the staff took advantage to do sales pitches while people are waiting. I have never experienced that. Perhaps some bad jokes but never a sales pitch. I much prefer the lounge because I've stood in the heat, in the cold, in pouring rain, etc. under a lifeboat I probably couldn't find again. Half the time I'm on a ship, I'm not sure whether I'm walking forward or aft so in an emergency, I'd be really lost. But I can find the theater or a lounge. :) Plus, you have no way of knowing whether "your" lifeboat is in a safe area or not.
 

ILove2Cruise2

Deckhand
Carnival has gotten better about muster but was always good at it, in my experience. Last two times they scanned our sail and Sign cards to show who came and who didn't. They don't put up with people hiding out. The staff is trained to check cabins and bathrooms to makes sure people don't dodge them. I used to hate that they did them as we were pulling out of port and I missed sailaway, but I'm very glad that they do them so promptly. I always memorize my lifeboat number and map out our route from the cabin (posted on the inside of the door). Better safe than sorry and then enjoy the cruise.
 
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