The Cruise Industry announced yesterday that effective immediately, all ships will conduct muster drills prior to departing from port. Will this prevent the chaos that followed when Costa Concordia ran aground? I think that the industry needs to be more thorough about explaining what passengers should do in an emergency. I guess that this is a start. Most ships that I have been on hold these drills before sailing anyway.
New Safety Briefing requirements by the cruise industry
On my last cruise Jan 21, 2012 on Carnival Triumph, the crew launched all the lifeboats on one side of the ship for a drill in the port of Progreso. Up until then, I had only seen 1 lifeboat launched for a crew drill. We also performed muster at the dock at the muster station without life jackets.
Holland America is taking roll call at the muster drill and making sure everyone is there
Most of the drills lately have been a JOKE. I know that some people get angry, but I'm glad that they're going back to the "old school" muster drills.