Who has the best Muster Drill?

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Lady Jag(Bobbie)

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My vote for having the most organized, comfortable, informative muster drill is Princess. Why can't RCI do their muster drills like Princess does? RCI's ships have plenty of public space that people can meet in, in comfort and in air conditioning. Anyone know why RCI still does theirs outside, on cramped, squished decks? :?
 
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Sunshine

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I agree that Princess does this best. Very civilized. I also hope RCI will follow their lead and change the way they do muster drills.
 
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2cruzenutz

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On the Voyager class ships, many of the pax gather at inside locations, but I can't say if everyone does.
 
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sail7seas

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IMO...HAL does the best Muster Drill. It is not necessarily the "easiest" on the pax in terms of comfort but gives the most complete amount of necessary information as to what we should do in the event of an emergency.

All passengers must be there (attendance is taken) and everyone goes to their life boat station...not some lounge or the casino.

Some lifeboats are lowered and the boarding procedure for them is explained.

Their drills are very well organized and if everyone cooperates and gets themselves prompty to their appointed spot, it takes no more than about 20 minutes. What takes time and keeps us standing in the hot sun with the life jackets on are the people who think the rules are for everyone but them....and they stroll along and get there when they feel like it. We all have to wait for them to appear.
 
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Ali

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Both times on the Voyager I was lucky enough to muster in the show lounge. Same for both sailings on the Adventure. It would be nice if it was all done inside, but I'm sure there is a reason why it isn't.
 
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debgirl

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I find that HAL is the most organized. When we went on the Maasdam in July it was held at your muster station. We were finding people were already walking to their stations with their life jackets on even before the horn sounded. All our people at our station were there pronto, we didn't have to wait for anyone. Attendance was taken, instructions were read and we were out of there in 15 minutes.
 
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Lady Jag(Bobbie)

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Somehow, we've never managed to get in an inside public room with RCI. We've been in just about every level of cabin category and still, no public, air conditioned room. :( I'll be looking forward to HAL's muster for the first time next summer on their new Zuiderdam. I still think ALL ships should have their muster in comfortable surroundings. People tend to listen more if they can see and hear the muster person in charge.
 
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paulfredo

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The muster drill we just did on NCL Star was very good, organized, and so far, the shortest duration, still getting the same basic information across. Grand Princess was next, but my two Celebrity cruises managed to make the drill a pain in the a**.

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Little Irene

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I agree with s7s.... it's only about 20 minutes if everyone gets going on it...and I would rather go to the exact location so I know where to go if god forbid there was a situation that required it.... RCCL must feel that way..
 
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Petertan

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The minor discomfort we experience while participating in life boat drills is a very cheap insurance to cover the remote possibility of an incident at sea. Try to imagine the difficulty of trying to control and direct several thousand people to the safety of their life boats while they are in a hazardous and unfamiliar situation. I have participated in both forms of the lifeboat drill and feel that most people take the drill more seriously when they actually don their life jacket and see the location of the life boat. I have heard some griping during the drill but the vast majority recognize the need for the drill and take it in good humor. If you start with a good, cooperative attitude the experience is not unpleasant and quickly over.
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CruzTerri

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Peter, I have to agree with you. On the Radiance we met in the Schooner lounge, bad accoustics, I couldn't here anything. On the Vision, we mustered at the lifeboat station. I like that because then I know where to go if in an emergency. Had there been an emergency on the Radiance, I would have probably ended up on the wrong side of the ship, etc.

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Cruisefreak

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On the 10 cruises we have been on so far, every time we had a lifeboat drill, our muster station was outside. Personally, I have no problem standing on the deck while we receive our instructions (although they never vary).

What really steams me is the cavalier attitude some passengers adopt about these drills. After we have been standing there for a while, some pax will saunter up to their station, drink in hand, life jacket draped over their shoulders. All the rest of us have been waiting for these jerks to arrive.

I think the cruise lines should formulate a policy that says 'if you're more than five minutes late for the drill, you have to pay the penalty - which is to apologize to each and every person at your muster station for keeping them from having their bon voyage drink'.

They should also be made to buy each of the 'prisoners' a drink of their choice.

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