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We recently sailed on Allure after a long break from cruising.  That muster drill took place in Studio B for us.  But previously I remember taking life jackets to outside locations.    On other ship classes are muster drills still the old fashioned `grab a life jacket` style or are do they all take place in the ships venues?  

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No more life jackets is so wonderful.   Friends of ours were on a carnival cruise 2 weeks ago and 1 person did not show up for the muster drill. They went to his cabin and found him drunk as a skunk.  They proceeded to remove him from the ship.  And sailed off into the sunset without him.  Most muster drills are on the deck but can be held in various other locations.  Especially during inclement weather.  

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1 hour ago, twangster said:

...Freedom [has] mostly outdoor muster with some muster stations in the dining room or theater.  It depends on cabin location.

Our sailing on Freedom had muster in Studio B for our section of the ship. We were deck 8, cabins 8234 and 8232.

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3 minutes ago, Kurtp13 said:

Sp I have a followup question, On Allure the life jackets were not in my room.   Are they still in the room on the other classes

We had them in our room on Adventure last week, but they have more than enough on the decks with the lifeboats so you really don't need them in your cabins anymore.  I do not remember seeing them in our room on Harmony last year...unless they were under the bed?

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10 hours ago, Kurtp13 said:

Sp I have a followup question, On Allure the life jackets were not in my room.   Are they still in the room on the other classes

 

10 hours ago, KathyC said:

We had them in our room on Adventure last week, but they have more than enough on the decks with the lifeboats so you really don't need them in your cabins anymore.  I do not remember seeing them in our room on Harmony last year...unless they were under the bed?

On Allure you likely won't find life jackets in your cabin.  I think the idea is that in an emergency they think people may head directly to the muster station so that is where they hand out life jackets.

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18 hours ago, Kurtp13 said:

Sp I have a followup question, On Allure the life jackets were not in my room.   Are they still in the room on the other classes

They were in the closet of our cabins on Freedom, but I think they also had extras in the muster stations, for the reason @twangster noted above.

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All ships follow international guidelines but they vary depending on a number of factors including age of the ship and size.  SOLAS or Safety of Life At Sea is the international standard all cruise ships use.  Muster process and location of life jackets is governed and approved by SOLAS and checked during routine periodic inspections by the US Coast Guard.

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On most of the cruise lines now, the muster drills are taking place indoors. When we were on the MSC Miraviglia where people embark at all five of the port stops, the muster drill took place in the main theater. Afterward, we were escorted to our actual muster station by the station captains so we'd know where to go in an actual emergency.

What surprised me about the Allure is not having the life jackets in the cabin itself; they're distributed at the muster station. I've never experienced this on any other ship.

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I was just on Harmony last week. It was my first cruise and not expecting the muster drill so soon after boarding (not sure when I thought it would be, but...) so I was half in the bag during the drill but seem to remember them saying that the life vests would be distributed at the muster station and this was to keep everyone in one location during an emergency, not scattered while trying to go back to their cabins for vests, etc. So, if there's an emergency you just go to your muster station. (My location was in the gym.) I tore our cabin apart looking for a lost necklace on our last day and there were no life vests in it.

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We just got back from the Adventure last week, the muster drill was on deck at the lifeboats, which i liked, and it was in English only which was surprising, so the whole thing from Whistle to dismissal took 13 minutes.

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2 hours ago, Archaegeo said:

We just got back from the Adventure last week, the muster drill was on deck at the lifeboats, which i liked, and it was in English only which was surprising, so the whole thing from Whistle to dismissal took 13 minutes.

I was on the Adventure repo cruise in May from San Juan to Bayonne.  Muster was in English followed by Spanish.  It was much longer than 13 minutes.

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On 6/6/2018 at 2:21 PM, twangster said:

I was on the Adventure repo cruise in May from San Juan to Bayonne.  Muster was in English followed by Spanish.  It was much longer than 13 minutes.

Same experience on Adventure leaving from San Juan to S. Caribbean - many things were first given in English and then swapped to Spanish. I'd imagine it's going to be the same now with Freedom being home ported there. 

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10 minutes ago, KLAconQueso said:

Same experience on Adventure leaving from San Juan to S. Caribbean - many things were first given in English and then swapped to Spanish. I'd imagine it's going to be the same now with Freedom being home ported there. 

My sailing on Freedom last March/April had muster in both English and Spanish as well, in addition to all announcements over the PA system. Maybe a function of the ship sailing from Florida / close to Miami, so still an assumption, or examination of the manifest showing, that a significant percentage of passengers primarily speak Spanish?

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Just now, JLMoran said:

My sailing on Freedom last March/April had muster in both English and Spanish as well, in addition to all announcements over the PA system. Maybe a function of the ship sailing from Florida / close to Miami, so still an assumption, or examination of the manifest showing, that a significant percentage of passengers primarily speak Spanish?

That's a good point - I think I read somewhere that if there's a certain threshold of passengers that speak a certain language, then announcements will be made to accommodate them as well?

 

... but I also could just be making that up.

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