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Royal Caribbean Group reinvents cruise industry's safety drill

- New patented approach helps guests sail away smoothly

- Technology licensed to other cruise lines to help eliminate crowding

News Release Issued: Jul 24, 2020 (6:00am EDT)

 

https://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/royal-caribbean-group-reinvents-cruise-industrys-safety-drill-301099281.html

 

 

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Why does a crew member have to verify anything unless they are handing out Champagne like Freestyle 2.0?

 

Seems that could be automated and scan of qr code at station could verify presence.  Have crew member for those not tech savvy.

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Great point. With the interactive TV system or mobile app, it seems like questions could be asked and answered in real time. We do this with self-study continuing education seminars. You watch a topic and then answer a quiz question to confirm your understanding of the topic. Access to broadcast TV or the mobile app could be blocked until the eMuster is successfully completed. Standing in a line to meet with a crew member seems counterintuitive to the goal of the eMuster.

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10 minutes ago, edspec said:

I think you have to physically go to the muster station to prove you know where it is located.

 

I agree with this. They will scan each card as always to complete their accounting.  Watching on a TV does not provide for accounting of each adult to complete the safety briefing.  And many will be tech challenged to do it on their phones.  Imagine the line at the Internet desk for "How do I log in"

 

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2 hours ago, luv2kroooz said:

Standing in a line to meet with a crew member seems counterintuitive to the goal of the eMuster.

 

My thought exactly. Not much social distancing standing in a long line to meet with a crew member to verify completion of the safety drill. They need to come up with some type of verification on the interactive TV system or mobile app, so it eliminates the requirement to be physically present (probably with many others at the same time) to meet with a crew member. Not sure what that would look like though.

 

Besides, this new eMuster is only good for eSinkings and eFires.

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Having life jackets at muster stations is a great idea. In a real emergency it removes the need to return to a stateroom to retrieve one. In 1992, my husband an I were on the Ocean Pearl in China when it was disabled by a fire while we were out touring. We were not allowed to return to the ship. All our belongings were returned to us. Since then, when traveling I always  carry a very tiny cloth  bag  with credit cards and a few other  items helpful in an emergency. I had it with me in 1993 when we returned to the Ocean Pearl and I didn't need it.

 

A few years later,  I was in a hotel in Boston at a convention when fire alarms went off at around 11:00pm,  along with announcements about leaving the hotel using staircases only.  I grabbed the little bag  and left. In the street I found the people from my group. They wondered where we would go next and how we would manage. I told them I had credit cards and we would not be homeless. There was a fire, but it was on the roadway under the hotel causing lots of smoke. Eventually we returned to our rooms. It's been a long time since my little bag  has been useful but I never know. Hopefully it will be with me on the Bliss in February next year.

Mary

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I am not a fan of life jackets at the muster stations.  History, even recent history, shows too many situations in which the Captain and officers were too slow to declare an emergency and start muster.

 

Many people in those situations had their life jackets on long before the alarms sounded and I would be likely to make my own decision on that. Or stay close to my life jacket at least. 

 

Also - it is not necessary to return to your room to get your life jackets. There are sufficient jackets at the muster stations + lifeboat stations.  I remember them saying at muster drills you can go directly to the muster station.

 

 

 

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57 minutes ago, PelicanBill said:

Also - it is not necessary to return to your room to get your life jackets. There are sufficient jackets at the muster stations + lifeboat stations.  I remember them saying at muster drills you can go directly to the muster station.

 

This is true - - -

 

Another reason for not removing the life jackets from the stateroom {until necessary} is in going up or down stairs

in route to the muster location - those dangling straps hanging off the life vests can cause accidents tripping falling.

Then would these life vests be returned back to their original location after a drill ?

 

AND in reality when the alarm sounds {7 short and 1 long} the odds of everyone being in their respective cabin is

something for the casino to place bets on - - - the traffic to get back to ones cabin and thence to the muster station

would be more trouble than it is worth. And that traffic movement - reference the spacing separation suggested by

current rules in a panic who is going to abide by them anyway - when on the life boats - shoulder to shoulder - back

to back with your fellow cruise mates - spacing rules absolutely ridiculous and a host of other %#@&* words !

 

Good plan to make the Muster Drill as least crowded and effective as possible to meet the regulations !

Knowing where your life vest is and how to put it on is important and the alternatives to where one is located.

But finding away around the congestion of the Muster Drill LOCATION needs to be addressed to resolve the

proposed spacing separation issue. 

 

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I am very safety conscious and have studied every bit of video and passenger accounts I could of the Costa Concordia and Viking Sky incidents.

 

I always make sure I know my way around the ship, which deck has the lifeboat stations, and take note of evacuation routes in both directions from my cabin.

 

Two things astound me about the Viking Sky incident.  

1. The number of people that did not go get their life jackets on their own, especially when they saw others that did (as the ship tosses side to side at 20 degree angles and everything not bolted down slides across the room)

2. The number of people that did not move when the 7 short 1 long alarm sounded. They just stayed there. Until the video cuts off.  As if they were completely unaware what it meant.

 

Makes you wonder how many people really pay attention at the muster!

 

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1 minute ago, PelicanBill said:

Makes you wonder how many people really pay attention at the muster!

 

 

it also makes me wonder how many people get wasted during the first few hours they are onboard the ship before the muster drill starts. this can effect how much attention you have at the actual drill

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18 minutes ago, shof515 said:

 

it also makes me wonder how many people get wasted during the first few hours they are onboard the ship before the muster drill starts. this can effect how much attention you have at the actual drill


I am super guilty of doing this on my second cruise in the Epic. I had a little bit too much to drink before muster and the next day couldn’t even remember going 😳 My husband was in the Navy at the time so he made me go to the makeup drill and made me walk to the lifeboats. I was very hungover so it was miserable. Lesson learned. 

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28 minutes ago, Sweetnspicy said:


I am super guilty of doing this on my second cruise in the Epic. I had a little bit too much to drink before muster and the next day couldn’t even remember going 😳 My husband was in the Navy at the time so he made me go to the makeup drill and made me walk to the lifeboats. I was very hungover so it was miserable. Lesson learned. 

 

I'm buying your husband a drink. After the muster drill.  LOL

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8 minutes ago, PelicanBill said:

 

I'm buying your husband a drink. After the muster drill.  LOL

🤣🤣😂 I still blame the AMF drinks that the bartender was making. I have NEVER gotten that drunk even on my 21st birthday. 

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17 hours ago, casofilia said:

I like it.

 

How long will the crew member be at the muster station?   I hope that they have a room card scanner and not "paper and pencil" list.   

 

They have used scanners for some years now... and always had 3-4 people at each station.

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