we are going on the victory in july, family of nine, five adults and four kids. what time does the drill take place? how long does it last.?
i do understand that shorts are allowed or accepted int he dining room on the first night for dinner. am i right? do most people really dress down and come really casual that first night? we are staying in miam on saturday night and probably checking out of the hotel late morning and heading for the ship. if everyone dresses for the day then it is plausible we can wear this to dinner that night, since we have early seating at 6:15. of course with kids , who know what their clothes will look like b;y then. thanks anyone who can help me with this. patticake
Have been on only 8 cruises, but all have had the lifeboat drill right after sailing. The length of time depends on how quick and attentive the passengers are, but never has one lasted more than 20 minutes, although I have heard some people say much longer. As for the first night dining attire, the rules are relazed due to the possibility of luggage not arriving in cabin. I have always seen a few in shorts on that first night.
Just be sure to check your sail and sign card when you get it..........that's when you'll find out, for certain, if you have 6:15pm dinner. You can request dinner times when booking, but they are not guaranteed.
As for dress code, yes it is acceptable to wear shorts to dinner. However, when boarding, I wear something that will look nice - casual pants and top. You'll be fine. Some folks put a change of clothing in their carry-on luggage, but that's up to you. Enjoy your vacation!
For getting on the ship remember to dress comfy and dress in something you wouldn't mind seeing in picture after picture! I always keep in mind that first getting on the ship picture!
For the drill with that many people my suggestion to you would be to get settled in and then about 30 mins before the drill just go ahead and get your life vests out of your room and make your way to the "area" you will be at (Muster Station) so that way you won't have to fight the crowds, you can't really get on the elevators.
Many times, (actually most of the time), we have done the lifejacket thing just prior to sailing and many times wave to others as we are doing our thing or we are leaving port after the drill and waving at others who have yet to leave standing around in thier lifejackets. The drill takes about 20 minutes or so and then you are released to go back to your cabins or stroll around the ship until dinner is served.
as soon as im settled in, i grab my life jacket and go up on the liedo deck, ive had people ask me if i was going to a fire, hahahahaha. too funny. and nope i dont tell the smart mouths that they too will need them in a little bit.
One tip...........don't go to your muster station as soon as they announce the drill. I'm not saying to deliberately delay the drill. It's just that if you are the first one at your muster station, you will be sitting there for quite a long time, and then posting about it on the gripes forum. You don't have to race to your cabin. Just leisurely get your life jacket and go. (Isle.....take time to finish that drink on the lido before you go! ) A lot of people stress about the timing of the life boat drill. Don't worry. You won't miss it.
It's funny to read about how people worry about the life boat drill. We've met some great people and had some good laughs while awaiting the drill. Once we were the last group to leave the casino area (on Inspiration) to go up to Lido to our "station." As we walked in, everyone made comments about how we just better learn how to swim, how we were fish bait, etc. We all had a big laugh. Make it fun, pay attention, but know it's a necessary part of cruising!
To us (with claustrophobia), the lifeboat drill is a necessary evil. You don't want to be first there, because they never are ready on time. If everyone is attentive, it is over very quickly.
We carry a change of clothes for the first night and our toiletry bag and meds on our carry on. By the time we sail, we are usually a little "grungy" too and it's nice to have a quick shower before dinner. You might even want to pack some P.J.'s in the carry on.
We have found that the dining room and the lounge are very cold. Remember to take a wrap for you and your children to wear in these areas. Carnival does sell some nice shawls in the gift shop at very reasonable prices. We had to buy them on our first cruise because we were so cold. Before we found them, I thought I would have to take their robe or the beach towel with me to the lounge to keep my teeth from chattering.
Good luck and happy cruising.
Every life boat drill I have had has been hot and cramped. I always pack a pair of shorts in my carry on, change clothes, and hit the bar. The drill is a much more pleasant experience then.
I don't suppose you should give the kids a drink though.
Have fun on your cruise.
One thing to remember ... the elevators do not operate during the drill ... so you may want to go a bit earlier so you do not have to climb the stairs ... depending on where your cabin is and your ability to walk up what could be alot of steps ...
While the drill may not be enjoyable to some I just look at it as the start of a wonderful time and make the most of it ... of course this time my BIL will be on board so I am looking for a very fun and funny time during the drill
Just have fun and remember, this is the start to a great vacation, so what if you have to stand close to a few people for a few minutes for what "may" seem like nothing important ... there will be some really funny moments and it is the beginning of a great time ...
If you hadn't thought about bringing a small carry-on bag on board, I would suggest you do so. I agree with Grammytan....my toiletries and prescription medication go with me wherever I go. We always pack a clean shirt for my grandson (and one for me too), and we don't wear shorts that we'd wash our cars in....the first thing you do before you board is have your photo taken so bear that in mind when you dress. We have eaten the first night on board in capris or shorts but I always feel underdressed (but that's just me) because the dining room is lovely and sporting white tablecloths, etc. but some people dress super casual every night (including dress up nights). The life boat drill is more of an annoyance for some people who are eating, drinking, swimming in the pool, and must stop for the drill.....and the cabin stewards will knock on your stateroom door to make sure you are not hiding in your room....but it's all part of the cruise experience and maritime law.
I just thought of something comical from our lifeboat drill on the Inspiration in Janaury. There was a couple who had gotten married on the ship before it sailed. They were taking pictures near the casino at one of those cute little vinettes that the photo people set up..............they called for the everyone to go to their muster stations and the photo people started packing up! The couple in their full wedding garb, white dress and all, along with the photo people had to put on life vests and go to their muster stations. I was hoping the whole time that the photographer got a pic of the bride and groom in their lovely orange life vests, maybe blowing their whistle or something. It was so cute. After muster stations, they went right back to their traditional wedding photos!!!!!!!
One the first things I do after getting into the cabin, is to try on the PFD. It helps to have the straps the proper length before the drill starts.
And remember, you don't know where that whistle has been. I think there's a rule at this site. If you blow the whistle during the drill and you later get sick, you're not allowed to post anything about it. <Just Kidding>. Seriously though, that whistle should only be used if the strobe on the PFD is flashing. And that only happens when seawater completes the circuit.
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Sensation 04/05 The vessel made me do it!
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