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Have you ever stood there during the muster drill and wondered "Just exactly how many people can fit in each of those lifeboats"?
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Have you ever stood there during the muster drill and wondered "Just exactly how many people can fit in each of those lifeboats"?
Sometimes they are used as tenders in some ports, and they hold quite a few people.

I don't worry about having to use the lifeboats at all. I had some close call in Nam, so what hapens now is all gravy. Many years have gone by but the memories stay with you.

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When I am at the drill I think of my next beer and how soon I can have it. I also think about getting away from 1000 orange people...
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I'm quite sure that none of these cruise ships stray very far from land.Emergency assistance is only a matter of a few hours away.It would have to be something pretty catastrophic for these ships have to abandon ship in the middle of the ocean.
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If your worries are just about the number of people that can fit into a lifeboat you should quit worrying and have a great time. Cruise ships not only are required to have adequate lifeboat capacity and life preservers, many go beyond those minimum and have even more for safety reasons.One of the really good things about having to be tendered ashore at some ports is that this keeps the life baots opertational and functional. I know someone will write that not all boats are used for tenders and they are correct. Those tenders nevertheless are regualrly inspected. The next time you are on a ship and there is a muster for training purposes, just look around you and see how many people are talking, cutting up and not listending. These are the ones you should worry about as they will panick and not have a clue on what to do and probally not even remember where their tender is located. On the other hand these are the same people you meet on the highway or drive 90 MPH past you. Now that shoudl really worry us.
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I didn't say I worried about how many people fit in a lifeboat, but just wondered. As I stand there waiting to be dismissed I have eyed that "little" lifeboat and the big crowd and wonder how the two get together. I'm sure if they are every used everyone would have to be veryfriendly.
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We have at times. On our recent muster on a HAL cruise they actually put all the men in the back and women and children in front. They wouldn't let couple stand together.
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Boy, that's a first.....I never heard of that before...any complaints from the couples?
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We have at times. On our recent muster on a HAL cruise they actually put all the men in the back and women and children in front. They wouldn't let couple stand together.
I had not thought about that in many years but in 2003 out of Tampa we had to do the same.... there were some Coast Guard people on the ship and it was children up front with women and men in the back... no couples together and large tall men (me) in the very back... hmmm I wonder what I was going to do. It did upset several people.
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Here's food for thought. With all the talk of equality and not being sexist, don't you think it should just be children first and then everyone else : )

But back to what the OP originally said about don't you ever wonder? It's funny the things that you do wonder about when you are standing there wishing the muster drill was over and you could just get on with cruising ASAP. I have to admit I've always been a little curious on Carnival of just what the inside of those lifeboats looks like and how close you have to cuddle for everyone to fit.
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How many times, with bodies so close together in the humidity and heat, have you seen people almost or actually faint...I have seen it, and once, I felt like i was about to faint......very close quarters..I like Princess, when we did this in the theater.
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The lifeboats hold 150 people total with crew. So about 145 pax and 5 crew. It all depends on the ship.

On my last cruise they said familes will be kept together, but women and children first. So I am guessing that if you are a man with a family you will get on the lifeboat with your family.
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Here's food for thought. With all the talk of equality and not being sexist, don't you think it should just be children first and then everyone else : )

But back to what the OP originally said about don't you ever wonder? It's funny the things that you do wonder about when you are standing there wishing the muster drill was over and you could just get on with cruising ASAP. I have to admit I've always been a little curious on Carnival of just what the inside of those lifeboats looks like and how close you have to cuddle for everyone to fit.
On the Spirit we used a lifeboat for a tender and if you ever have to use one in an emergancy, you will be packed pretty tight.
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We were in Nassau a few years ago, when the coastguard pulled drills on the ship beside us.what a dog and pony show. The front of the lifeboat went first, i think they forgot to untie the back ,during thre firdrill you could see the staff standing on the outside wakway catching a smoke and laughing, about everythink.The deck above the drill was a sight to SEE
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The lifeboats hold 150 people total with crew. So about 145 pax and 5 crew. It all depends on the ship.

On my last cruise they said familes will be kept together, but women and children first. So I am guessing that if you are a man with a family you will get on the lifeboat with your family.
Thanks - that is prety snug.
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The lifeboats hold 150 people total with crew. So about 145 pax and 5 crew. It all depends on the ship.

On my last cruise they said familes will be kept together, but women and children first. So I am guessing that if you are a man with a family you will get on the lifeboat with your family.
Thanks - that is prety snug.
Yeah and during Feb. in the lifeboat in Mexico it was very hot!
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