The drill is the same just without the vests. You still get the instructions from the crew.
As much as I hate putting on the vest in the hot Miami heat I have to agree with Ready. I think it is a good idea to keep the drill with the vests.
I'm thinking in case of an emergency some cruises will not know how to put on their vests and might not even know where the vests are in the cabin.
I've seen people during the drill.....
3. reading the compass
4. polishing nails
5. eyes shut
It is kinda like some folks that go to church their body is there but they have no idea what is going on. :o
I think the most important thing is for your cruising party to know where the vests are and try them on in the cabin. Those with kids should have the kids trying on the vests a few times to see that they got it right and get them familiar with where the station is.
You just do not know how people will react in an emergency if the ships alarm went off. I don't think all cruisers would be cool and calm there would be some panic. I hope nobody ever has to experience this but you never know anything can happen.
These two kids did not seem to mind trying on the vests.
The kid on the left is not straped in correctly.