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Old September 26th, 2008, 03:14 PM
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Default Re: Muster Drill helps for cruisers with Mobility concerns.

Originally Posted by briguy
Originally Posted by huffca
Muster Drill
After you board and you go check out your cabin for the first time. Find where the life jackets are. Usually in the closet or under the sofa in a drawer. If you need a longer strap let your steward know he will replace it.

Find out when Muster Drill is. About an hour before the drill go get your life jacket and go to your muster station. Everyone is required to do the drill.

They disable the elevators during the drill. That's why I say go early. So you can use the elevators. Hopefully your Muster Drill Station will be in a lounge. Bring a bottle of water and you can be seated and comfy. If it's on deck wait in a near by seating area.

Don't go to the station untill you have to. Otherwise you will be standing in the back of the crowded deck. Bring a bottle of water with you.

I almost passed out from the heat once during a Muster Drill. It was soooo hot and the life jacket made it hotter... Oh and you don't need to put it on until instructed to. They just need to know you can put it on and buckle it up.

Hope it helps.

Hugs and Happy cruising,

For what its worth you contradicted yourself. You said to go to the muster station an hour before it starts which in my opinion is the last thing anybody wants or will do but you then said to not go until you have to so you wont have to stand in the back of the line, something I totally agree with.. go when everybody else is there and you can stand in the front for the shortest amount of time.. Bottom line the whole drill sucks and we all hate it but its required and the last formal thing you need to do before your vacation begins..

Well not really. What I was trying to express but maybe didn't do it very well was......
I have found that if my muster station is in a lounge we go about an hour before the drill get our jackets and go to the lounge get a good seat and relax and people watch.
When our Muster Station is outside on a deck, and we will just be standing outside with nowhere to sit. I go to the deck before the drill starts because they disable the elevators. I have a knee problem and can't do stairs. I try to find the closest place I can sit down at and then wait until I have to go out to the station. Otherwise I find you are standing for a long time and I get pushed to the back. I am only about 5' and I tend to get smothered in the crowd.
So you see I wasn't contradicting myself. I was giving advice for 2 different scenarios
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