That's the good word. I was waiting to get this confirmed from guests on other ships. I recently saw it on the Fantasy's Fun Times. This is great news! I can't stand wearing the nasty things on a hot and humid day. They will give a demonstration of how to put them on during the drill. Also, your Muster Station will be imprinted on your Sail & Sign card.
Yes, Dave mentioned on his "Virtual Cruise" on the Elation that they didn't have life vest. Royal Caribbean, Celebrity, and NCL, aren't requiring it either. Since the life boat drill is Coast Guard controlled, I would think all the cruise lines will be going to the no life vest policy. It makes things simpler.
It sure does. No matter how many times they asked not to drag the straps on them, some idiot always did. I almost tripped going down the steps once. I wasn't sure it was fleet wide as the ships have a long history of doing the drill differently depending on which ship it is.
Has anyone had to wear them recently on any Carnival ship?
We were seated at our muster station by the Drama Bar on Promenade Deck. In fact they pretty much insisted everyone sit if possible. Then the crew donned life vests as a demonstration. They then were directed to escort everyone up to whatever lifeboats we were to use. Those with special needs (and those accompanying them) were told to stay seated while the others left. Someone then came by to each person requiring assistance and took down information and told us what would happen if we needed to muster or abandon ship. A crew member was assigned to us and would remain with Vanessa at all times if an emergency was declared.
in my last cruise(carnival Victory) during the boat drill was not necesary to bring the life vest during the drill only the employes in charge of the drill had one, pointing out how to use it in case of an emergency it was the fastest boat drill I had been...
I think the reasoning regarding lifeboats not being usable is quite sound. If you train passengers to go stand under lifeboat #1, what will they do if lifeboat #1 is not accessible in an emergency? They'll panic. Plus, interior muster stations are inherently safer and easier to control.
I recall the Star Princess fire which essentially engulfed the entire port side exterior. None of the boats on that side were usable. Imagine half the passengers desperately trying to get out on the deck by those boats if they had been told they needed to go there in an emergency. Nightmare scenario.
Thats great news We always love to watch us leave port.. So after we leave the drill we always race back to our room,throw our lifejackets in the room.By the time we get back to topside we are already gone.. And it is so crowded on the stairs,it was a safety issue i am sure...
I think the worst one I ever had to go through was on the Glory the first time I sailed on her. They had so many different Muster Station groups go to the Main Show Lounge. We were instructed to wear the life jackets while sitting there waiting for them to commence. And they made us wait a good while before they started giving the talk. Then they finally took us out to the Lifeboats while we were already going down the channel at Port Canaveral.
They must have booked that cruise to capacity because some folks were assigned the inflatable Lifeboats. See they just didn't assign Muster Stations, they assigned particular Lifeboat numbers too. Not a very good practice if the Lifeboats were unusable in a real emergency.