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cannoli May 28th, 2009 12:19 PM

Help!!!question about drill
I have been on many RC cruises before, 8) and everytime I have a problem with my kids getting sick standing in the hot sun during the drill waiting for those dang stagglers to wonder up and get with the program and get the drill over with QUICKLY!!!!! Do any of you diehard Carnival people know if there are rooms that will allow you to do the drill inside or what side could I book our room on so we are not baking in the sun for 40 mins behind some 6 foot 7" 250 lb man. I will be very greatful for any help.

jleq May 28th, 2009 01:13 PM

Re: Help!!!question about drill
Quite often, the muster station is in a lounge. Only when the people arrive at the station, do you head onto the open deck. This isn't true of all CCL cruises I've taken...but most. Best thing to do is talk to one of the crew once aboard. They'll do their best to help.

On CCL, I've almost never been on an open deck more than 15 minutes or so.

green_rd May 28th, 2009 01:16 PM

Since the drills are in the afternoon I suppose the west side. Now you just have to figure out which way the ship is pointing to be on the west side in port (no icon for "yes I'm being a smart a$$). I guess if your children have problems in the sun you could not be so prompt at reporting for drill, just remember if they have another one during the cruise - it is not a drill, be prompt to that one or you may be swimming home. Or maybe you should grab a water bottle for each child before you muster.

skymaster May 28th, 2009 01:40 PM

I'd bet that if you inform the folks at the muster station that your kids have a problem, (if you are on the side facing the sun) that they'll go out of their way to accommodate you and your children to make it as painless as possible. They'll either let you stay inside until the last minute, or allow you to stay near the rail in the fresh air, or something. As jleq said, sometimes the drill is inside anyway, so it depends on the ship, and the weather, and which side of the ship your muster station is on. With any luck, it'll work out for you.
Good luck!


colorcrazie May 28th, 2009 02:48 PM

I agree with talking to the crew. I tend to faint if Ihave to stand for any length of time, especially if it is hot out. I just mention this and they have me stand off to the side a bit and usually at least in the little bit of shade available from the structure of the ship. They don't want people starting out a cruise being sick. But, they are still required to do the drill. Also, I try to show up just a tiny bit late so that I can position myself to best advantage. If anyone says anything, I just explain my situation. Explaining that your kids might barf on those nearby would also be a good motivation!

RockChickX51 May 28th, 2009 02:53 PM

We had the muster drill from hell last week on the Liberty. Apparently there were a lot of Germans and Spanish people on board, so every announcement had to be made in English, then German, then Spanish.
So a 20 minute drill took almost 45.

The German tourists were the worst on the boat though (no offense on anyone, my dad is from Germany, I'm the first person on my dad's side to be born in America).
Apparently not speaking English means you can cut lines and shove people out of the way then put the "I didn't know" look on your face.

cannoli May 28th, 2009 04:42 PM

Thanks to all the advise. We have had the same experience with the 72 langs.. The last cruise was bad on RC during the drill my one daughter was throwing up and a teen girl in front of us pasted out and hit her head on the railing. I will talk to a crew member and see how that goes. Amazingly my kids can spend hours at the pool in the blazing sun with no problem LOL.

Insider May 31st, 2009 09:43 AM

When you go to the drill, go late, tell the person holding it what the issue is. Usually they will allow you to be on the end against the wall.

On the Splendor in April, we were under a covered deck. No problem there, Good Luck

puppydogeyessc June 3rd, 2009 01:27 PM

Wow - our drill on the fascination - we just went to the Plalace lounge ( our munster station ) sat for about 15 minutes - and that was it. Class dismissed.... Not sure if that was good or bad now.../???? lol

lovin_the_sun June 4th, 2009 09:43 AM

I think if you just talk to the crew they will go out of their way to accomodate you. They probably don't want to be there any longer than we do either! I am sure they would do whatever it takes to hurry the drill along and make everyone as happy as possible at the same time.

briguy June 4th, 2009 11:25 AM


Originally Posted by puppydogeyessc
Wow - our drill on the fascination - we just went to the Plalace lounge ( our munster station ) sat for about 15 minutes - and that was it. Class dismissed.... Not sure if that was good or bad now.../???? lol

Did you see Herman, Lily and Grandpa at the Munster station? That would have been so cool. LOL

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