Chris's guide for budget travel - Made for conferences (may make a cruise version some time) but airline, shuttle, Priceline, and Hotwire tips should remain the same
Cruise Albums on Flickr
Welcome to Cruise Critic! If you'd like to participate on our forums by joining in the conversation, please Register Now! Be sure to visit our FAMOUS Roll Call forums, where you can meet other cruisers sailing with you and share a tour or shore excursion and SAVE MONEY!
Hitting the water from 12 or more stories up is like hitting concrete....Don't tell that to the divers at La Quebrada. They dive from 135' several times a day. It just depends on how you enter the water.
On a port day on one cruise I stayed on the ship. I heard an alert over the paging system "OSCAR OSCAR OSCAR and a location". I suspected this was a drill for a man Overboard. Did you happen to hear an alert announced? I tried dropping a hint to confirm it but the crews are well trained to not talk about safety procedures to pax.Good suggestions - in addition throw out life preservers. Even if the person can't reach them, it helps define the location until they can throw out the flares and stop the ship.
On another cruise, I slept through a unplanned medical stop at my home port in Miami. Someone got sick and the Captain decided to stop at Miami in the middle of the night on the way to Key West. If I had been up, and could have had access, there's a good chance I could have met with some of my co-workers on the Fire Boat. In the morning the Captain apologized about the delay getting into Key West and explained what happened. I would HOPE no pax would complain, but I guess it happens.
The crews are really well drilled in emergency response and it seems that they always err on the side of safety.
If you ever do see someone go overboard, do everything you can to get the crew alerted and take note of the time. They can use that to estimate the ship position. Tell a few people to keep eye contact as long as they can. And if you see someone clearly drunk, or some sort of horseplay near the rails, report it.