Does the ship offer any presentations  as to what to do if an emergency presented itself.?

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This is usually cover in the "safety briefing" and/or "life boat" drill. What kind of emergency are you concerned about?

you just answered my questions, thanks

A bit of detail added to aunt Pinkie's answer - before the ship leaves the dock, everyone will go to their muster stations (either on deck at the lifeboats or in a lounge or theater. Your muster station will be listed on your card, as well as the interior of your cabin door). At this time, the crew will go over the different emergency signals (7 short and 1 long blast of the horn is not good), how to put on your life jacket, and what to do in case your ship hits an iceberg. Although they seem to take a long time, it is usually less than 30 minutes.

In case of a real emergency, do not panic and remember that each and every crew member knows exactly what they are doing. The above drill is as much for them as it is for the passengers, so they in essence receive weekly training.

Thank you AuntPinkie

Good answers but the worse part of the drill is standing in close quarters with a crowd of people in an enclosed sticky, humid environment.

BDRebel, thanks very informative.

There is a MUSTER drill. Some ships hold them at each of the stations, some lines group peopled together in a common area and you watch a video on a screen. Some lines you bring your life jackets and put them on, others you leave them in the stateroom. They also provide a sample blowing of the of the emergency horn/buzzer. Different sounds mean different states of an emergency.

Also the TV in your cabin will have one channel that replays a safety video over n over on embarkation day. I still watch the video even after several cruises. I think it’s a good idea since it keeps your mind fresh about what to do. Also on the back of your cabin door is a diagram that shows how to get to your muster station. Look that over too. It’s all just a few moments out of lots of time you’ll have on the ship.

Hope you have a great time!!!!!

Some good advice herein. Muster Stations and life boat drills are an oft discussed and argued topic in cruise forums anymore. Some lines have really cut back on these in that they are not very comprehensive and in my opinion do not do a good job in educating their guests as to what and how to do things in the event of an emergency at sea. Some lines do not even require guests to try on life jackets. We just got off an over three week cruise where the line was conducting these like many of those with integrity once did. That is, upon the alarm head for the muster station, if in your cabin at the time, take your life jacket but do not put it on, if somewhere else on the ship, still go to your muster station, where they will give you life jackets. Do not return to your cabin then, as far as med's that still may be there, a crew member will be assigned to go retrieve those for you. During a drill, once at the station they will go through the routine of having you put on your life jacket correctly. Then all will have an opportunity to go out onto the boat deck and stand beneath their assigned life boat.

Some argue that life jackets should be supplied only at the muster stations and not in the cabins. I strongly disagree with this and believe that there should be life jackets both at the muster stations and in the cabins. Critical medicines do pose a problem that I really don’t have an answer for. Sending a crew man back to your cabin to find yours seems like a mess waiting to happen, particularly in the heat of an emergency with all crammed into the muster stations and you are on cruises like we are where most are getting long in the tooth and have prescriptions. Carrying the critical ones with you all the time might be an answer, however I have friends who must keep theirs refrigerated. Then too, you have the problem of cabin refrigerators not being cold enough so the medicines are kept in a colder fridge, like in the purser’s office or somewhere.

“MAN OVERBOARD”---- Having been through one of these, that was not a drill, I believe they don't do a very good job educating guests here either. Once in a while during muster drills a crew man will tell us that if we see someone go overboard, shout "Man overboard and throw a life ring."

This eventuality is a little more complicated than that so I believe they often just avoid the subject, which is bad. My own personal procedure would be to: Scream, "man overboard" and keep screaming. Try to keep an eye on the person in the water. I find that life buoys are few and far between. If I'm on my balcony and witness this, (with so many balconies on ships any more I would say the odds are that someone on a balcony will see the person go overboard first) so if I ran off trying to find a life ring I would have to take my eyes off the person in the water for a considerable period of time while running around the ship in search of such.

Instead, I would pinpoint in my mind the location of the person, run to my cabinet, grab a life jacket, throw it. Purpose of this is to get something in the water immediately, it is not intended that the person in the water is going to use it but it will be an immediate marker in the water of the general location. The ship may be rolling along at 20 MPH so this is very important. If no one hears me, then I am going to have to use the cabin phone, which takes my concentration off the victim. But, the life jacket is a marker and easy to see. Here is an official version:

"Whoever sees the accident is to shout, "Man overboard!" loudly and clearly to alert the rest of the crew. At least one person should do nothing other than stand and point at the casualty maintaining continuous visual contact. Whatever marker and flotation equipment is to hand should be thrown as near the casualty as possible by other crew members. This may include a horseshoe buoy or lifebuoy, danbuoy or man overboard pole, and even a floating smoke signal. If the equipment exists, man overboard alerts are to be triggered on whatever electronic gear is available including GPS receivers and DSC radio transmitters."


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