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Old May 26th, 2011, 09:19 AM
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I suspect more passengers, especially seasoned pax, skip boat drill more than we know. We all understand the importance and need to attend. We have seen various cruise threads discussing the merits, but I am curious. If you miss a boat drill would you admit it on a cruise thread discussion? Would you mention it to other pax, or friends? Is this one of the naughty secrets one keeps to themselves?
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as far as i know, attendance is taken at muster drills and it is a "must attend", they go looking for you and it holds up the entire drill process until everyone is accounted for
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I've never missed one ,if I did I would say it here .
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I have been to literally hundreds of boat drills, when as a crewmember I could not skip one even if I wanted to.

I admit, as a passenger IO have skipped them when I really need to do so, but otherwise I always make the effort.

But, yes, I have skipped them, and I have also received notes saying I need to attend a special makeup drill because I missed the first one.

Keep in mind - just like the Jones Act, these boat drills are mandated by the Coast Guard (they are law) which means the cruise line must do everything it can to assure you are there. Will you get thrown off the ship for not attending? Not if that is all you do, but if you skipped boat drill and then did something else obnoxious, I can envision the ship using the reason that you skipped boat drill to relieve you of your cruise.
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I have not missed any. I must admit to hate standing shoulder to shoulder, on a hot deck, and, much prefer the idea of not taking the life jacket, and, sitting somewhere, watching and listening what to do.
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I've only skipped one's on B2Bs where I've been told I can. We mainly cruise Princess, they don't take attendance and they're usually pretty harmeless sitting in a theatre for 10 minutes rather than outside in the elements.
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I missed one because I was ill at the time. The cabin steward just told my wife and I to stay in the cabin. Otherwise I've been to all of them.

I am glad that many cruise lines are no longer requiring people to bring their life jackets with them to muster drill. I have been tripped a couple of times by someone dragging the straps of their life jacket behind them. Quite dangerous on stairs.

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I really like the recent change of not requiring life jackets at the drill. I like it even more when they don't make us go outside.
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I really like the recent change of not requiring life jackets at the drill. I like it even more when they don't make us go outside.
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Marc, for you, premise of wouldn't say is my guess.
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I liked not going outside on our Princess cruise. The logic they gave also made sense. If it were necessary must it might be a long time before an abandon ship order might be given so it is better to sit around inside out of the elements.

I've always thought the muster stations were a better location for life jackets than cabins.
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I only missed one and that was because, we had just boarded the ship and got to our cabin, the cabin attendant said, to just stay here, in the cabin.. The actual drill was underway at the time. I think that was the last time I used the cruiseline transfers and air program, they cut it a bit too close for me.
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Like Trackypup, the only time we've missed a drill was on a B2B cruise when we were told we didn't need to attend.

I love not having to go stand out on deck packed like sardines!
The last time we had to do that was on an NCL cruise. Princess and Carnival have moved inside! Even after all our cruises I think it's very important to attend.

And no, Ray, if I missed the drill on purpose I sure wouldn't come on a cruise website and brag about it !
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I actually think they're kind of fun. I've got a cute picture of Mrs. Brown and our daughters with lifejackets on surrounded by a sea of lifejacket wearing guests. I also enjoy seeing the staff during the drill; seems like they're all more or less equal during that time.

Last cruise I was tickled when I later recognized our attractive "station captain" as the star singer during the evening shows.

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Yes the entertainment staff is always active during embarkation day. Boat drill, security photos, guides, etc. When I recently sailed the Glory I recognized the person taking my security photo as a production dancer. He was very surprised that I would recognize him, made his day. They used to have one of the more attractive singers or dancers handing out the little ship deck guides in the lobby area, but I noticed they seem to NOT be doing that anymore. That I noticed as well.
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