Having only been on one cruise (in 2001!), when we did have to go to our muster station, wearing our life jackets, I'm pretty surprised that they don't still do this practice. How many people even get out their life jackets to make sure they fit, or there are the correct number? Do they even know where their muster station is?
I'm hoping that the Costa Concordia tragedy changes the way cruise lines look at these safety briefings. Not everyone has been on a cruise, so how very important those emergency instructions are to those people! In fact, no matter how many cruises you have been on, you still need the reminders, so they are fresh in your mind. The crew does safety drills weekly, I'm pretty sure that we can all do them once for an hour....
We have been on 2 cruises so far. The first one was in "08" on Carnival Fascination. On that one we had to wear our life jackets & meet at our muster stations. The second cruise was in "11" on Carnival Liberty. That one we just met at our muster stations. We are leaving on our 3rd cruise on Sat. on the Carnival Dream. I do hope after what happened with the Conquest that they go back to the old life jackets & meet at your muster stations. If not I'm sure I'm not the only one that makes it a point to locate where our muster stations are as soon as can. I might even try to figure out how to launch the life boat, just kidding. Good idea Glomarrone ! I didn't even think about packing a flashlight.
I've cruzed many times, but I ALWAYS take Muster drill seriously. I'm sure that RCCL will now go back to "conventional" muster drill. No just going to one of the lounges.
I agree completely with reporting to the muster station with life vest on for drill. My problem is with people having way to much to drink before muster drill. Not only are they not paying attention, they can be annoying to others that want to listen.
We just returned yesterday from sailing on the Carnival Destiny...during that muster drill we assembled at the actual muster station/no life vests required...approx 30 minutes before sailing began..and they were VERY clear on instructions and took peoples drinks away from them and set them aside while the announcements were made.At that point there were already many drunk people who had to be told by staff to be quiet.
In November we sailed on the Carnival Valor and we met at the muster station as well.. this time with the life vests. There was clearly much more instructions and muster announcements on this cruise we just completed than the one in November 2011. I am certain the Costa disaster has made them re-vamp the muster drill!