Well it was nice of Apples4rent to respond here and explain things more clearly. It seems most aren't near as congenial and could care less with the impressions or misimpressions they leave behind.
My only concern with his review was his use of the term "ridiculous" when describing life boat drills. I'm still not clear if he meant that "ridiculous" was applicable to requiring seasoned voyagers to have to attend musters or if he believes emergency drills in general are "ridiculous". Either way, I have a problem with that, but particularly if it's the latter.
I have spent a professional lifetime in the airplane game. A goodly percentage dealing with safety concerns. I'm in strong agreement with the "British Board of Trade's" pertinent assessments on the Titanic disaster (See my first post). I do not believe that crew or passengers should ever be excused from a drill. For instance, we are all familiar with the safety spiel airline passengers must endure just before departure. But passengers don't listen because they "have heard it all before". Yes they have, they have heard, ad nauseam, the instructions pertinent to a loss of cabin pressurization. In all cases, airlines tell you that you must pull down on the oxygen mask in order to activate the flow of oxygen, it doesn't happen automatically. This is why they tell you to put on your own mask before assisting others. Unfortunately, those that have heard it all before, time after time, in their panic fail to pull the mask down and instead stretch their necks out in attempts to breath nothing.
Unless crew and passengers on ships as well as large air transports continue to pay attention and practice safety, the old cliche will kick in for sure when the unfortunate occurs: "When in trouble, when in doubt, run in circles scream and shout."
Here is the reason I am so concerned the over callous attitudes of many cruisers toward safety drills:
"I am not at all satisfied with the emergency procedures, facilities for such and the drills etc, or the lack thereof, needed to cope with a disaster at sea involving vessels of the size we use today. The complexities of such give me the chills when I contemplate the potential of a catastrophic accident at sea involving fire, collision or other seagoing eventualities, particularly if the vessel experiences a rapid list to one side or the other. It doesn't appear to me that Carnival Corp learned much from their Costa Concordia sinking."