If sailaway is at 5, they sometimes have muster drill as early as 4, as everyone is supposed to be aboard then. I think on our last cruise, they had muster drill at 4:30, when we sailed at 5. Got it over with, and then the fun began!
The muster drill usually takes place before the ship starts moving. Last year on the Freedom, the ship left port before the drill was over but didn’t actually hit the open sea before we were dismissed. There seemed to be some problems getting work contractors off of the ship. There were several announcements for them to leave starting about 4:00. At nearly 5:00 we saw a group leave the ship and the muster drill was immediately called.
It was a bummer. Sail away was happening and we had no Foo-Foo drinks. At least the drill was a little less boring than usual. It’s hard to get enthused about the muster drill after you’ve been through a couple of them.
They will make an announcement over the loudspeakers when it is time for the muster drill. All Carnival room stewards check each and every stateroom, including bathroom and balcony. If you are in a public area, you are requested to return to your room and gather your life jackets. All areas of the ship are checked. Just grin and bear it, it only takes a few minutes and you never know when you will need to use it.
I saw a group of guys pull a joke on a newbie telling him that first timers have to bring mustard to the muster drill. The guy fell for it big time. I noticed only because a group of guys were laughing at their friend for holding a jar of French's spicy brown.. the guy was embarrassed but it was so funny...
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Our first cruse, we were barely done with the muster drill and we were already moving... I wanted to be on deck for the send off party (whatever it's called)
This cruise we have a group party from 4-5 pm.... how's that going to work if we are supposed to be doing muster.
After that everyone trying to make their way back to their room to drop off the life jackets...
On one of our cruises our tablemates decided to "celebrate" privately in the room and were surprised and embarassed when their room steward interupted them and told them that they HAD to report to their mustar station. They also had a very stern letter from the Capt in the room after they returned from dinner that night!
February 25, 2011