i was wondering this same question. I have been on 2 cruise's but have always done the drills. Reasons why is:
1. its for YOUR safety
2. I want to know exactly where to go in case of emergency
Our family always has a meeting that last about 5 minutes before we sail in our rooms. We discuss what we will do if something happens and we are all at different parts of the ship. Just a simple plan of where to go , who will bring vests from the room etc... how not to use the elevators if there an emergency, This way we all know where to show up and we will not be running around searching this huge ship for each other.
I have enjoyed the lifeboat drills. I get a kick out of seeing everybody looking equally silly and uncomfortable in their orange vests; it kind of seems to put everyone on an even status, if only for a few minutes.
Our first two cruises (Inspiration 3/02, Paradise 10/02) we met in the forward show lounge, and it was neat to look back across the crowd and see the sea of orange. Last cruise (Paradise 11/03) we met on the stbd. promenade and it wasn't quite as dramatic. Also on the last cruise we sailed off right in the middle of the drill, which I didn't care for, because I wanted to be up front watching the sailaway. Luckily we disbanded before we got too far down the channel, and my wife was a dear and stowed my vest so I could go up front and watch.
Our first Paradise cruise one of our muster station staffmembers was the piano player (Mark?) and he made it plain that he did not enjoy this part of his job. As soon as the all clear sounded he ripped his neon hat off and was first one through the door. I had to giggle a little.
I think the standard joke on all 3 has been, "Don't blow the whistles! The crew cleans everything on this ship except those whistles!" Funny.
I thought this has been discussed before, and it was mentioned that they have some way of knowing who skips the drill, and you hear about it later?
We have been on over 2 dozen cruises and ALWAYS go to the lifeboat drill. There is a reason it is mandantory, it is a life or death situation. If nothing else, I learn the individuals to stay away from. You know who they are, they are the ones that thinks it's all a big joke or they already know everything. Oh yes, did I mention that I was also in the USN for 7 years and am well versed in shipboard emergencies but still don't think I am above participating?
I've never experiened one since I have never been on a cruise, but I think it might be kind of fun simply b/c its something very "cruisey" if that makes any sense.
I'll run around in that terrible orange vest - no problem b/c I know that it means its almost time to set sail!!
Thanks for the warning about the whistle (even if it was just a joke) - That would have been the first thing I did when I put the vest on
Victory, here I come!! - October 2, 2004
I won't be hard to find should the time come. I'll be the non-drinker, non-drunk who didn't attend the muster but still found my life jacket and the lifeboat, as opposed to the drunk who did attend but still couldn't find the boat or his life jacket! Happy sailing .........
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