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Old February 5th, 2008, 02:24 PM
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Ok you get onboard and the lifeboat drill begins. You find the life jackets and OMG you smell this odor of a thousand people and start to think, have they ever been cleaned? :evil: I couldn't wait to get the smelly thing off... :evil: How bout you?
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Ok you get onboard and the lifeboat drill begins. You find the life jackets and OMG you smell this odor of a thousand people and start to think, have they ever been cleaned? :evil: I couldn't wait to get the smelly thing off... :evil: How bout you?
Well if you ever need to use it your not gonna care what it smells like better stinky than to drown.
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Old February 5th, 2008, 03:57 PM
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Look at it this way... If the ship lost power ( no emergency lights ) and is taking on water at night, at least they'd be easy to find!
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Yep! I won't gripe then... I can't even swim. Ha Ha
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Old February 6th, 2008, 11:13 AM
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Yep! I won't gripe then... I can't even swim. Ha Ha
Funny quip!

Yup, once in the water, I wouldn't be smelling anything but fear!
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I haven't noticed it.
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You sure you're not smelling the crowd......they pack you in pretty tight on those drills......and most everyone just spent hours and hours travelling.
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i hate those things...i do think about that...i'm a nurse and germ thinking comes naturally...lol

but i do have to admit, that even if the boat is going down i'll put it on...and will be thinking the whole time "this thing is nasty, but it's saving my life!"
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I dont think about it, it's just a pain in the XXX thing we all have to do everytime we go onboard for a few minutes or max 20 minutes.

But if they ever come up with a formal "life jacket" night in the dining room. Then I will demand that mine is cleaned before I put it on 8)

You never know it may happen, they change the rules all the time ....oh and I want it in black .... I can just see the formal family photos now on the ships photo boards.... laughing my XXX off..

mmmm

And what would happen if we had formal "hick" night, shorts, tee shirts,,,the whole nine yards in the dining room....mmm

See how bad some of you guys would feel that did not know how to be a proper "hick", how inferior would you feel in that scenario 8)
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Ok yall, I just got back from my cruise on the Sensation. No SMELL on the life jackets Oh Yeah!!!!
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Perhaps I was right..... it was the crown that stunk all along ...hmmmm
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NOTE TO MYSELF BRING THE LYSOL
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I haven't noticed it.
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I didn't notice the smell. I usually put it on at the very last minute, I also get there as late as possible to avoid being in the first row against the wall or in the middle....Last two drills I've been right at the front.

The muster drill was held the following morning on the Feb 3 sailing of the Conquest because of the Superbowl game. It was so well done that by the time we got down there (at 10:05) almost everyone was already there and we were back in the cabin before 1030!!!!!! We had a VERY serious staff member who was in front of us doing all the point this way, that, way crap.....He spotted a few people at the very back who looked like they needed some air--that is why we waited so we weren't at the back!
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New to this site and board, but not to cruising. For me, it's not the smell of the lifejacket, but the folks who blithely start tooting on that whistle. I shudder to think how many other mouths it might have been in. Still, overboard and floating in the ocean, I'd be blowing it with my heart and soul.
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Maybe that is one thing my DH has not shared with me. I hate to be that packed with stinky people and the thought of how many mouths have been on that before mine..................GROSE!!!! I will still do it but just have my listerine strips before and after.
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And if you really want to get grossed out--think about how many mouths have been on those whistles over the years --- AND--- what all has been in all those mouths before they were on the whistles !!! Phhheeeewwwweeee !

But yet, there's always some nuts whistling away on them.
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Maybe that is one thing my DH has not shared with me. I hate to be that packed with stinky people and the thought of how many mouths have been on that before mine..................GROSE!!!! I will still do it but just have my listerine strips before and after.
WHY????????????? Unless I am floating in the middle of the ocean trying to signal a life raft, that whistle will never be in my mouth! We've never donned stinky life jackets. Overall, I would say we have encountered less BO on board ships than in he general population on land.
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Maybe that is one thing my DH has not shared with me. I hate to be that packed with stinky people and the thought of how many mouths have been on that before mine..................GROSE!!!! I will still do it but just have my listerine strips before and after.
WHY????????????? Unless I am floating in the middle of the ocean trying to signal a life raft, that whistle will never be in my mouth! We've never donned stinky life jackets. Overall, I would say we have encountered less BO on board ships than in the general population on land.
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So I don't have to do it? Is it voluntary or can just act like I am participating? Or show up late towards the end?

And it is not really as bad as it sounds?
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It is not voluntary, but required by the Coast Guard. You do have to go and put the jacket on, but you don't have to blow the whistle!
I've never found the jackets to be all that bad. And, you only have them on for a few minutes. Can seem like forever, though.
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Hey, just look at it as something that by law has to be carried out, and have a laugh, its all part of the cruising experience.

And, if some are getting so up tight about lifejackets, once worn by others. Do you want me to explain what could be left in the bed you sleep in, even although they changed the sheets before you get in!!! NO, and why? Sleep and live in a place once occupied by others, you don’t want to think about it, If you did you would never sleep in a hotel or a ship or actually move out your own bed in your own home
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So I don't have to do it? Is it voluntary or can just act like I am participating? Or show up late towards the end?

And it is not really as bad as it sounds?
It is mandatory and it is not that bad.

I guess I'm fortunate- I've never encountered a "stinky" lifejacket - nor would I ever use the whistle unless I was in the water and it was a necessity.

On our last few Princess cruises, we were instructed to CARRY our lifejackets to our designated muster station (held INSIDE one of the public spaces, such as the Princess Theater) - not outside on deck. They introduced some of the staff, gave a safety speech, explained how to put the lifejacket on correctly. Then everyone was asked to stand and put their lifejacket on. A few minutes later, we were told to take the lifejackets off and stow them away in our cabins. And, yea, there are always a few folks who can't resist a toot on those whistles! YUK!

Don't know what line you are cruising on, but if you mention it, maybe someone could give you some insight about what their muster drill is like.

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First bring Lysol if it ithat bad.

Second the drill only lasts a half hour or so and is Mandatory

So ya have no choice do it and get it over with then enjoy the rest of your cruise.
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and on carnival you don't have to wear the jackets anymore, except when we're standing in front of you demonstrating how to wear them. so you only wear it for about 3 minutes......unless boat drill is in 5 different languages!!
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And if you really want to get grossed out--think about how many mouths have been on those whistles over the years --- AND--- what all has been in all those mouths before they were on the whistles !!! Phhheeeewwwweeee !

But yet, there's always some nuts whistling away on them.
Happy tooting .
Exactly what I was thinking!! I haven't noticed the smell but I always cringe when folks start tooting on their whistles... and they worry and complain about clean sheets and dirty hands... Oh well.
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Exposure to life in general is how the personal immune system is developed. It is that system that helps you fight off illness such as the Norwalk virus. And that is why vaccines contain a small amount of the virus you are trying to eventually protect yourself from. If we were to avoid touching everything that has been handled by another human being we wouldn't have any protection at all. So wear your lifejacket in good health.
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True,,,but spray it with something like fabreze first
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Now that you brought this up everyone is running out to get Lysol for the next cruise. See the good you have done by posting this?
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