Every ship needs a good system for mustering the guests in times of emergency. Furthermore, safety regulations require that our guests practice mustering at the beginning of every voyage. This drill is a good safety protocol that ensures that every guest is familiar with the safety procedures.
But it is a royal pain in the ass - an important pain, but a pain nonetheless.
Under our current system, the guests all have to go back to their staterooms, get their lifejackets, and walk through the hallways carrying or wearing their lifejackets. The lifejackets are uncomfortable and bulky and many guests leave the belt hanging. After the drill, they have to take their lifejackets back to their staterooms. It’s also a time consuming and difficult process for the crew. All in all, it’s a laborious, uncomfortable, manual process that can actually distract from the important safety purposes for which it was designed.
So for OASIS we decided to see if we could make it better and more efficient. Our initial idea was simply to automate the record keeping, which we have done with a wireless system that allows for real time accounting of guests at their muster stations. The team however did not stop here and ended up with a dramatically new process that greatly improves the effectiveness and convenience of the drill.
The team quickly realized that the biggest issue was making the guests return to their staterooms to get the life jackets. But there really is no benefit to making them do this and we intend to get away from this practice. On OASIS, they decided to store the lifejackets at the mustering stations instead of the staterooms. This takes up more space at the mustering stations (lifejackets are very bulky) but we have the space. It also frees up a smidgen more space in every stateroom.
The advantages are so overwhelming that you have to wonder why we haven’t done this before. The only answer we have come up with is that we never looked at this process as carefully before OASIS. Just to make sure this is as big an improvement as it seems, we’ve been running extensive testing on other ships. The universal reaction is that this is a dramatically better system. Amongst other benefits, it is safer - the guests can go directly from wherever they are to their muster stations and we don’t have all of the cross traffic with guests wearing bulky lifejackets.
Of course, now everyone wants this on all the ships and we intend to do so as quickly as we can - the NASA effect lives on.
(really Symphony of the Seas, not Harmony)
2017 Jewel of the Seas
2016 Harmony of the Seas, Disney Dream
2015 Enchantment of the Seas x 2, Oasis of the Seas, Norwegian Sky
2014 Radiance of the Seas
2013 Brilliance of the Seas, Enchantment of the Seas, Jewel of the Seas, Liberty of the Seas
2012 Monarch of the Seas, Allure of the Seas, Brilliance of the Seas, Liberty of the Seas
2011 Liberty of the Seas, Freedom of the Seas, Oasis of the Seas, Navigator of the Seas x 2
2010 Radiance of the Seas, Splendour of the Seas, Monarch of the Seas x 4, Grandeur of the Seas, Liberty of the Seas
2009 Disney Wonder, Monarch of the Seas, Adventure of the Seas