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Been reading some remarks on Muster Drills, does anyone know the timing of these drills on Carnival Cruise Lines? On the Elation and heard that some of these drills are during the time the ship is departing the dock. To me that is bad timming because people would want to be up on deck for the "Cast-off". Just curious.

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the two times we cruised the drill takes place right before you leave the dock
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Whether you consider it bad timing or not, they schedule the muster drill at their convenience. I've never been to one during sailaway, but obvioulsy some people have. The cruises I've been on, the drill has been either half hour before or half hour after sailaway....roughly. On one cruise, it was an hour after sailaway...that was nice.
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we were doing our drill when the ship started moving
I hated that and it was so hot and crowded
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Don't rush to the mustard drill. We learned with our frist cruise. We thought we would be so correct and get there ASAP. It was very hot and hummid and if you are there first you end up standing there forever waiting for all the stragglers. They were paging this one family for what seemed like an hour. Everyone had to stay put until this family finally showed up. Lesson learned - don't sprint to the deck for the mustard drill!
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I agree, don't rush to the drill if your station is outside. They start lining you up in the back. BUT if it is in a lounge/bar or the theater, try to get there early to get a seat. We just had ours in the Wheelhouse Bar on the Sapphire Princess, went early and got a comfortable seat but many had to stand.

Edited to note: I just said don"t rush, but don't be late either! We've never heard anyone paged or had to wait for anyone but would never want to be the one who holds everyone else up!!
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The way I see it... , if you don't get to the muster drill in a timely manner, then YOU will be the one holding up the drill, just as the person you are complaining about was having to be paged while you were having to sit and be hot. Why would you want to be the one to place that burden on the others after you have suffered through it?

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I have to agree, while it may be hot and humid waiting, if people take their time it will take longer for the drill. Our last cruise the drill took forever and we started to sail away before the drill was over. Interestingly enough, the same persons that were late for the drill, in our area, were also the ones in the wedding party that arrived late .. hmmm ...

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If my wife is with me (most of the times) then we go right to the meeting point....

If she doesn't go and I bring a buddy (it's an annual work cruise) then we hide on the balcony.
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Go to the drill when asked to,and get it over with.....this is a minor inconvience,and last less than 30 minutes.A great time to read the riot act to your teen kid's.
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It isn't a good idea (and certainly isn't 'cute') to HIDE instead of going to the MUSTER (not mustard) drill. It could very well be the difference in your living or dying if you have to abandon ship. Be an adult about it and realize it's a Coast Guard requirement. - designed for our safety.

I've been to many more than I care to remember. I disliked them all. Some are very hot on outside decks. Some are nice and cool in the A/C lounges. However - they are a necessary evil - and last only about 20 minutes. Then you get to go for a tropical adult beverage and begin your wonderful vacation!
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It isn't a good idea (and certainly isn't 'cute') to HIDE instead of going to the MUSTER (not mustard) drill. It could very well be the difference in your living or dying if you have to abandon ship. Be an adult about it and realize it's a Coast Guard requirement. - designed for our safety.

I've been to many more than I care to remember. I disliked them all. Some are very hot on outside decks. Some are nice and cool in the A/C lounges. However - they are a necessary evil - and last only about 20 minutes. Then you get to go for a tropical adult beverage and begin your wonderful vacation!
I just knew that someone would get on me about that. You are no doubt correct. IN fact as I sit here in my office, there is no doubt about it. The problem is that when I am three adult beverages into the cruise and they blow that horn, my thoughts on your correctness will begin to waiver. I hope I remain strong this time........

I also knew someone would correct the "mustard". We all overlooked it on purpose.

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Our family has always called them Mustard drills. We know how it is supposed to be pronounced and spelled but when your 2or3 year old thinks that's what it sounds like then it kinda sticks. Besides, it sounds more fun and you can laugh about it while you're in the heat with that fashionable life vest on!
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Does anyone know why some cruiselines do their muster drills indoors in a cool, civilized, and seated manner while others herd everyone like cattle, jam you together like sardines, make you sweat like hogs back to belly with strangers, and then expect you to concentrate on instructions that are being shouted? This has never made much sense to me from the first time I realized that different cruiselines do this very necessary exercise in very different ways. On Disney, Princess, and Royal Caribbean, groups are sent to different areas within the ship...can be the restaurants, theaters, hall areas, even the internet cafe in one instance. Most people can sit or at least be cool. They checked off cabins so they would know if someone didn't go. It went fast and efficient and you are more apt to listen to the instructions under those conditions. On Norwegian and Carnival, it has always been the chaotic, crowded onto the promenade deck type. Now you fans of these two cruiselines, please don't flame me for this observation because I am booked on Carnival this year and this is just one of the things that I am dreading, the type of muster drill that they do. Probably should have posted this under gripes, but I saw the question and I'd really like to know why it can't be done another way. Happy sails.......................
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I may be wrong,but I think it has to do with cabin location.We have done some inside,and some outside...do not know why though
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Will,

I'm not sure either and that's why I asked the question. Maybe some of the people on here that have done different ships but with the same cruiseline can help with this. I know that you are assigned to an area depending on your cabin and I've stayed on low and higher decks, inside and out but just wondered if it is the cruiseline itself that chooses if the muster location is outside in the heat or inside in comfort? I've never been fortunate enough to have a high-priced cabin so the difference I have seen was in what cruiseline I was sailing. This inquiring mind would love to know...................Happy sails
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Thank you for correcting the mis-spelling, Blue Chef. Unfortunately people these days don't think spelling is important...I guess that's why our graduating "students" can't spell, speak or compose a sentence properly. Don't let people embarrass you because you care!

However, I agree that the drill is boring and sometimes the crew members don't really seem to care. I mentioned to one that my whistle on my lifevest didn't work, and they could NOT have cared any less!

Happy Cruising, all! And I'm glad it's not a "mustard" drill because I prefer catsup!
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Thank you for correcting the mis-spelling, Blue Chef. Unfortunately people these days don't think spelling is important...I guess that's why our graduating "students" can't spell, speak or compose a sentence properly. Don't let people embarrass you because you care!
I'm sorry JeanS, but sometimes tact is more important than spelling. Please keep in mind that this is coming from a someone with a masters degree in economics married to a woman with a masters degree in special education. Our three children attend a private catholic school. We save every extra dollar for their college educations. You should not make assumptions.

Part of my education (the most important part!) came from the lessons my mother taught me. One was to use tact and keep people's feelings at heart. We all knew what she meant so why bother to "correct" her? Another lesson? Don't be a snob.

Oh, and another? Never ass/u/me. Wait, I learned that one from my friends growing up......
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alot of responses on this issue, looks like it depends on when the crew decides to do it. Guess I will suck it up and deal with it, besides I"m sure a "Drink" is in order afterwards.

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quote="JeanS"...Thank you for correcting the mis-spelling, Blue Chef.
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Jean, thx. I think I will direct my reply to you and not to another...

I don't EVER correct anyone on these boards for words spelled incorrectly(which we all see every day). I do, however, think that when a "nautical term" is incorrect, it should be pointed out. Possibly, the poster does not know the correct terminology - and it could save him/her an embarassing moment when on the cruise. It was meant to be constructive, not criticism.

(Not that it matters, but I have a masters in education.)
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On Norwegian and Carnival, it has always been the chaotic, crowded onto the promenade deck type.............and I'd really like to know why it can't be done another way. Happy sails.
Hi PC - Out of my fourteen Carnival cruises, I have attended all the muster drills. Only TWO have been held outside on a hot deck...and yes, it was miserable.

The other twelve have been held in the main showlounge or one of the smaller lounges. Nice, comfy, A/C.
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Good point, Blue Chef, some people might appreciate a gentle correction in order to avoid embarressing themselves. And others, not. I think if someone bothers to further themselves so much in education that they would think spelling to be important, but I guess I assumed incorrectly!

It's just a shame when you see so many mis-spellings in such a nation rich in education, but some people just don't care.... pity!

Muster drills certainly aren't enjoyable, but necessary...just wish they were a little more quick about getting them done and took them a little more seriously....AND did it when we weren't sailing away! I remember when we were leaving the port of Miami, numerous vehicles were honking at us as we were pulling away! It was a fun moment I wouldn't want to miss!!

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quote="JeanS"...Thank you for correcting the mis-spelling, Blue Chef.
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Jean, thx. I think I will direct my reply to you and not to another...

I don't EVER correct anyone on these boards for words spelled incorrectly(which we all see every day). I do, however, think that when a "nautical term" is incorrect, it should be pointed out. Possibly, the poster does not know the correct terminology - and it could save him/her an embarassing moment when on the cruise. It was meant to be constructive, not criticism.

(Not that it matters, but I have a masters in education.)
Aw rats. After reading my own post again, I was being a snob too wasn't I?

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quote="JeanS"...Thank you for correcting the mis-spelling, Blue Chef.
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Jean, thx. I think I will direct my reply to you and not to another...

I don't EVER correct anyone on these boards for words spelled incorrectly(which we all see every day). I do, however, think that when a "nautical term" is incorrect, it should be pointed out. Possibly, the poster does not know the correct terminology - and it could save him/her an embarassing moment when on the cruise. It was meant to be constructive, not criticism.

(Not that it matters, but I have a masters in education.)
Aw rats. After reading my own post again, I was being a snob too wasn't I?

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Hi pcboston,

I've found (I think!) that it depends on the Safety Officer on the ship. I know on our first Princess cruise the crew were not happy with the way things were being done.

We met in one of the lounges, waited, put on our lifejackets, waited, went out to our Muster Station, waited, the ship sailed, waited, and finally were dismissed! One of the crew said there was a new Safety Officer on board.

As someone who CANNOT stand being in a crowd (even of people I know) this was not fun .

I'm hoping our next cruise on Princess will be different.
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On Carnival, it has always happened the same way (in my experiences = disclaimer) Muster (I would like to joke and call is Mustard - but some folks find spelling more important than laughing)

The Muster drill is required, and occurs aproximately at 4pm. Everytime, we get on deck for the drill, and as soon as we are dismissed, the ship sails. So out of 4 Carnival Cruises, I have seen 0 Sail Aways. I am always stuck on the stairs or hallway somewhere between the muster station and my cabin.

Now on Disney, they were awesome, we had the muster drill early, around 3pm and we sailed away while having a party on deck. That was great.

My next cruise will be my boyfriends first cruise, so sail away is important and will be strategically planned. I think we will just hold our life vests in our hands while we watch the ship sail away. After the crowds have cleared, I can quickly run the vests back to the room.
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Luckily our last three muster drills were in a lounge. Our first cruise muster was on the deck and before our luggage arrived. We were on our honeymoon and had been upgraded to a balcony cabin which in itself great, but my wife had decided to dress nice for the boarding picture and we were dying up there on the deck. Seems like they always do it just as we are getting underway.

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have a great cruise......

I remember the first muster drill from Sensation....standing there waiting for people that took 45 minutes to show up!! we were hot, sweating, and wearing our "nice boarding outfits"

oh well.....lessons learned.. Muster drill is definately "come as you are"
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have a great cruise......

I remember the first muster drill from Sensation....standing there waiting for people that took 45 minutes to show up!! we were hot, sweating, and wearing our "nice boarding outfits"

oh well.....lessons learned.. Muster drill is definately "come as you are"
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