I thought all cruise lines would do the muster drill before you set sail. Sounds like that is not the case. And doing the drill outside where you can see your lifeboat and be shown where the spare life jackets are housed is important. I agree that when doing the muster drill outside as HAL does, it is crowded and hot. But it only lasts 15 min.
I love being on deck and sailing out of Port Everglades (FL) during sunset. And then when night falls watching for the other cruise ships on the water as I sip champagne & OJ on my balcony.
What is a DOD?
Finally getting back on a Dam ship, Nieuw Amsterdam Nov'11 (My Mom's 80'th B'day cruise)
Navigator of the Seas 2010
Serenade of the Seas 2009, 2011