We are sailing on the Oosterdam in May 2006
We want to see the ship leaving port, when can we expect the muster drill? Where do we go? Our room is on the Navigation deck. I have a bad right knee and stairs are a problem!
Meggyy, I tried to answer before but apparently my reply got lost in cyberspace somewhere. Anyway here's what I tried to say. Don't worry about the muster drill. It will be on the promenade deck, a few decks below yours. Either someone will tell you exactly where to go, or your muster station will be listed on the back of your stateroom door, or both. It won't be at an inconvenient time, and they will give fair warning.
About your knee, don't worry about it. While ordinarily they don't encourage guests to use the elevator for these drills, I have seen passengers with physical problems do it many times. Believe me they want you to have a great time, and they don't want you to injure yourself. You won't be the only one with a bad knee. If you don't want to ride the elevator at the time of the drill, you can take your life jacket down to a lounge on the promenade deck a little while before the drill and wait with a nice drink in your hand. Then afterwards take the elevator back up. Chances are some very nice young guy or gal on the crew will help you. Not to worry Have a wonderful cruise.
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The station for your muster drill is normally posted on the inside of your cabin door. Just take your lifejacket to that deck and wait until time to go to the station. If it is a lounge, you may want to go there early enough to get a seat with your bad knee.
I have a lung condition that does not allow me to climb stairs and use an inhaler. I can climb a couple of flights but on one cruise I was on the bottom deck and attempted to climb. After 2-3 flights (I stopped to use my inhaler) due to shortness of breath. My husband told an attendant about my problem and he directed us to the elevator. I will never book that low on a ship again, because in a real emergency, I would not have made it and would be afraid of the elevator.