What does the code "Bright Star" mean?

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We were on the Liberty last week when they called the code "bright star" on the aft of deck 8. What does that mean?
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Medical Emergency

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That's interesting to know! I heard that Brightstar code at least twice on the Valor last week.
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Very interesting, Carnival and RCI have entirely different codes.
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Here I thought you were talking about operation Bright Star, the annual US military deployment exercise to Egypt.

But never mind......
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Originally posted by Dave85
Very interesting, Carnival and RCI have entirely different codes.
It sounds like you know what the RCCL codes are. Don't tease us; tell us.

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Somoremoney ,

I thought the same thing - my hubby has been involved in that operation numerous times

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no, no, no, you are all wrong on this one. It means that the captain just found the north star and now knows where he is going again.
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We just disembarked the Westerdam. Before leaving port in Seattle we heard them call the announcement of Bright Star, Bright Star, Bright Star. We were told a poor woman had passed away once reaching her cabin. We saw the medics come aboard with the stretcher and take her off. Not sure this is what Bright Star means but that is what we were told.
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Originally posted by jwcmmc
We just disembarked the Westerdam. Before leaving port in Seattle we heard them call the announcement of Bright Star, Bright Star, Bright Star. We were told a poor woman had passed away once reaching her cabin. We saw the medics come aboard with the stretcher and take her off. Not sure this is what Bright Star means but that is what we were told.
I've always hard that "Bright Star" was a medical emergency, and "Rising Star" was a death.

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A death is never announced, just medical emergency. No one is dead until the doctor pronounces and they certainly don't make a public announcement.
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Originally posted by Elaine5715
A death is never announced, just medical emergency. No one is dead until the doctor pronounces and they certainly don't make a public announcement.
This info is correct. Having just retired after doing 30 yrs as an ER RN, it always surprises me when people are astounded that people expire on cruise ships. All cruise ships are actually "towns" when on any given cruise and sometimes have up to 6000 passengers/crew members onboard. Any medical emergency can happen and does. That is why there is a medical staff onboard and also a morgue on every ship. If there is a medical emergency, one calls 911 on the ship, just like land, and the medical team is dispatched to the area of the ship, or cabin, where they are needed. It is also helpful if many, if not most passengers know how to do effective CPR and use an AED.
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Kinda morbid, I know but this is how I want to go - all kiddy and excited to start my cruise.

Someone please get that on John Heald's list, ok???
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Originally posted by SkyMaster
I've always hard that "Bright Star" was a medical emergency, and "Rising Star" was a death.

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This is what I have heard as well.
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After searching I found "Bright Star" is a death or serious medical emergency. I like the term "Rising Star" because it just seems respectful for someone who past away but I couldn't find it.
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I hear Seraphim a lot. Does anyone know what that means?
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Originally posted by Terre
I hear Seraphim a lot. Does anyone know what that means?
That's a new one for me. Below are the more common ones (some of them are funny):

Bravo Bravo Bravo [port/starboard] – man overboard on port or starboard side

Bright Star – death or medical emergency

Code Adam – missing child (named after Adam Walsh)

Cold Alpha or Alpha Team – medical emergency or fire

Code Baby Ruth – feces in the pool

Code Bravo – fire

Code Delta – damage to the ship or disaster or multiple injuries

Code Orange – early stages of norovirus infection on a ship (Holland America)
– buffet is no longer self-serve but pools and other areas remain open

Code Oscar – man overboard

Code Papa – pollution (oil spill, etc)

Code Red – the dreaded norovirus

Code Sierra – medical emergency needing a stretcher

Code Winnie – feces in the pool (Disney)

Fallen Star – death