When do they do the muster drills? I am sailing RCI out of San Juan. We hope to embark in the afternoon but the ship doesn't sail until 10pm according to the itinerary. Can we get off the ship and explore a while? I don't want to miss the drill! Is it after the ship takes off? The first sea day? When? Thanks for your help!
When you leave the ship after check-in you will be required to swipe your ship's card. They will inform you of the time you must return to the ship. This usually just before the muster drill: If it going to be held before sailing.
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the time for the Muster Drill will be posted in your stateroom. The instructions as to where you need to go are posted on the back of your stateroom door. Drills are usually just prior to or right after sail-away.
You must attend, Muster Drills are mandatory.
On our trips out of San Juan the mustering time was at 8:30 pm (1 1/2 hours prior to sailing). That should give you an idea. I know that is the time because I just checked the RCI Compass for the 1st day of our cruise for that trip. Check in early (we got to the pier at 11:15 AM and were on the ship by noon (rooms weren't ready until 2 pm). That way you don't have to deal with luggage and can enjoy the ship or do whatever tours you want. If you arrive a day early and are staying at a hotel they will hold your luggage for you if you don't want to check in early.
Thanks for everyone's help. We'll see what time we actually get onboard and what we feel like. I realized that we will have the whole day after we get off the ship and before we fly home to look around Old San Juan too. I think I read on the message boards that we could ask someone at a hotel to watch our luggage until we need to go to the airport? After all I have read about these muster drills I am looking forward to actually participate in one!