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Old August 19th, 2007, 11:55 PM
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Just curious after going on a cruise recently I wondered about this..

Has anyone been on a boat where someone went overboard or went missing? Has anyone ever seen anyone or anything go over? What was the ship's response? Did they stop the ship to look?

Also, after all those life boat drills on each cruise, has anyone ever actually had to report to muster stations or seen those rescue boats go down?

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Not for someone overboard, but when we were on the Celebrity Zenith we were in the dining room for lunch when suddenly the ship slowed noticeably and made a turn. The captain announced that we were stopping to rescue a boatload of Cuban refugees in a 10 foot boat in 15 foot seas. The ship sent out several of the lifeboats and rescued the 10 onboard. It was quite interesting to watch as even the lifeboats were bobbing up and down like corks in the rough seas.

We have never been called to muster stations, but on several of our cruises they use the lifeboats to tender into ports that are too shallow for the ship to dock.
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I thought I had read somewhere that there was some sort of rule or something prohibiting use of lifeboats for anything other than their intended use - as lifeboats ? Then again, probably misread something.
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I thought I had read somewhere that there was some sort of rule or something prohibiting use of lifeboats for anything other than their intended use - as lifeboats ? Then again, probably misread something.
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The "Large,motorized" lifeboats are used as tenders in many ports.



The inflatable "life rafts" are only used during training and actual emergencies.

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Yeah, those (in the pic) are supposed to be unsinkable so they have told me on a couple of ships.
I've never seen them used for tenders though. That would be pretty cool.
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Bobby:

If you go to Grand Cayman, Ketchikan, Belize or a number of other ports you will use the ship's tenders. In Belize they also have larger, private, tenders to handle more passengers.

They also use the ship's lifeboats as tenders when going and coming from the cruise line's private islands. I.E. Cocoa Cay, Princess Cays, Half Moon Cay, Great Stirrup Cay.

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A few years back we "lost" two passengers in St. Martin. An Italian couple cleared out their cabin and ditched the ship. The ship held us in port 3 hours before they determined the folks had ditched.

Seen the boats go up and down in drills all the time. Real fun to watch them try to come up in high winds.


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Just curious after going on a cruise recently I wondered about this..

Has anyone been on a boat where someone went overboard or went missing? Has anyone ever seen anyone or anything go over? What was the ship's response? Did they stop the ship to look?

Also, after all those life boat drills on each cruise, has anyone ever actually had to report to muster stations or seen those rescue boats go down?

Thanks for answering my random questions!
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Bobby:

If you go to Grand Cayman, Ketchikan, Belize or a number of other ports you will use the ship's tenders. In Belize they also have larger, private, tenders to handle more passengers.

They also use the ship's lifeboats as tenders when going and coming from the cruise line's private islands. I.E. Cocoa Cay, Princess Cays, Half Moon Cay, Great Stirrup Cay.

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Well, actually I've been to Cayman twice (once last Oct) as well as Belize. Both had private tenders - high speed triple outboard type in Belize. No, I have yet to experience the lifeboats. Maybe it depends on the cruise line.
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Whats the deal with the entertainment on a ship. I'm about to book my frist cruise is there any certian ship i shoulod try toget on? which cruise liner is the best? When you see shows on ships do you pay extra to get in? are they all production stlye shows? should or can i expect to see the likes of a riverdance or crique de sole type shows on cruise ships? Anyone want to advise as to the best destination? what are the rooms like onboard? Anyone that can help me with these questions i would greatly appreciate it. Thank you.
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Yep, they absolutely do use the lifeboats as tenders, and at other times I've seen them just launch them and run them around a bit. Just like anything else, they need to be run occasionally, so that when, and if they are ever needed, the fuel is fresh, the batterys are at full charge, and they'll actually run!

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