Your designated Muster station is located on the back of your cabin door and on your lifevest. On different cruise ships we have met in the theater. a lounge and even a restaurant, but typically you meet in front of a lifeboat.
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On HAL ships, you report to your designated lifeboat station, which is on the Promenade Deck on the Zuiderdam.
As CA Cruiser said, your lifeboat station and instructions are posted on the back of the cabin door and your lifeboat # is stamped on your lifejacket. There will be crew located at the stairwells to direct you. Announcements will be made starting about 15-20 minutes before the actual drill takes place.
We haven't sailed HAL (yet!), but we've found that the muster drill is different depending on what the Safety Officer decides to do. We've done as little as meet on the pool deck and then leave in less than five minutes, to doing the roll call thing and missing sail away!
We also leave our cabin early, but we walk the route we would take, just so we know exactly which way to go in case of an emergency.
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They usually lower several boats and give more detailed instruction than most others.
ive been on a number of hal cruises and i have never seen them lower a boat-- would really like to see that --------------- have always missed watching the tender also
Lougee - they used to do it in the "old days" , but I haven't seen them lower the life boats in the last few years. The tenders are used as lifeboats and I am sure you have seen them. There is really nothing to see in the "open" ones.
Perhaps someone here can answer this question about lifeboats on HAL
What if the ship loses power? Can the boats be lowered manually?
Everything seems to rely on power these days.
It was shocking to read that a HAL ship lost both of it's anchors in Alaska. One when the motor burned out and the second when a cable snapped.
We were on a ship when the lifeboat jammed and they couldn't get it up or down. It made us 6 hours late getting into port the next day. It would be serious if that happened during a real emergency - especially if it was your assigned lifeboat!
- they used to do it in the "old days" , but I haven't seen them lower the life boats in the last few years. The tenders are used as lifeboats and I am sure you have seen them. There is really nothing to see in the "open" ones.
would just like to see them do it----from the removing of the tarp to the boat hitting the water