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Old June 11th, 2006, 07:36 PM
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I guess this is an evacuation drill, right?
Does everyone attend this and when do you actually leave the dock the first time.
We are scheduled to depart at 4:00pm. We get on board and everything happens before 4:00?
Didn't think to ask about all this.
Our plane gets into Seattle at 11:00 am and I guess Princess will collect us and take us to the ship. What do you think our time line will be until we leave.
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Old June 11th, 2006, 08:01 PM
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Hi gmann,

Yes, the muster drill is required of all passengers. If you are departing port at 4PM the drill will probably be between 2:30 and 3:30 PM.

Everything will close down and you'll be asked to either carry or put on your life vests (they'll be in your cabin) and go to your muster station.

This is very important! Your cabin will be checked to make sure you are at your muster station. When you board you will find a Princess Patter's in your cabin that will tell you what time the muster drill will be held. If you miss the drill you'll be required to do the "make up" drill the next day.

Because I can't walk very fast, we usually leave the cabin about 10 minutes ahead of time and make our way up or down the stairs (the elevators will also be turned off, just as they would be if there were an emergency) to our station so that we'll know where to go in the (unlikely, but possible) event of an emergency.

It usually only takes about 15 minutes, and then you can continue to have fun. Before the drill you can eat, drink, or do anything else you want !

I personally find the muster drill very comforting! I know what to do "just in case"!
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Old June 12th, 2006, 12:06 AM
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You'll probably get to the Princess ship and be on board by 12. After checking your cabin out, you'd go to the Horizon Court for a buffet lunch. Muster on Princess is generally an hour to an hour and a half before sailaway. Your muster station is posted on your door and you go to one of the lounges. They'll show you how to put on your life jacket ... then back to cabin to drop it off and on with the fun. One thing about Princess - you do NOT have to go out to the lifeboats (in the hot sun) ... on Celebrity - you do go out to the lifeboats after meeting in a lounge.
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Old June 13th, 2006, 04:58 AM
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We are scheduled to depart at 4:00pm. We get on board and everything happens before 4:00?
It has always been my experience that the muster drill occurs only after everyone is onboard. It usually is before sail away.
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exactly what the others have said.
On another point you mentioned: Have you purchased Princess transfers to get you from the airport to the ship? The cruise lines do not automatically pick you up at the airport. If you have not purchased transfers then you would have to grab a cab at the airport to the pier.
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I'd recommend you take a taxi not the Princess bus transfer. I've done both. The problem with the bus is that you have to wait until they get a full bus - that can be aggravating in both directions. And, the taxi is direct and close to the same price.
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