M – Muster Drill

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Welcome to Spring and Jen’s birthday!  Happy birthday to you Jen.  Scott is off to the exciting state of Alabama….roll tide. I can’t believe we are already to the letter M. This year is flying by so fast.

SOLAS (Safety of Life at Sea) guidelines state that passengers must have a safety briefing immediately before or after sailing.  Passengers learn to use their life jackets and what actions to take in case of emergency. During the safety briefing or muster drill EVERY passenger no matter age must attend.  The Carnival staff will actually go room to room to make sure everyone attends.  And yes, attendance is taken.

When we took our very first cruise on the Carnival triumph the muster drill was held outside on the decks.  On the Carnival Breeze the drill is inside at various spots on the ship.  Carnival assigns passengers to their muster stations based on where their rooms are located.  Even if you are traveling with a group doesn’t mean you have the same station area. Carnival makes it easy to know where you need to go.  On your sail and sign card in the bottom left corner is a letter.  That letter designates your station.  You can also find the location of your station on the back of your cabin door.  If you still aren’t sure just ask a staff member and they will direct you.

All children 11 years old and younger have to wear wristbands during the entire cruise.  This wrist bands let the staff know which muster station the child and their family is assigned to. If your child is at one of the awesome kid clubs during an actual emergency and must go to their muster station, the staff will take them to the correct station and meet up with the parents/guardians.

When we were on the Carnival Breeze in December of 2016 our muster station was located at the Ovation Theater.  The carnival staff member located at the entrance told us where to sit and scanned our sail and sign cards to show that we did attend.  The briefing was less than an hour.  Was it exciting and the most fun a passenger could stand? No, but it is necessary. The longer it takes everyone to get to the drill the longer everyone has to sit around waiting for the drill to start. Don’t be one of those passengers that think they are too good for the drill and try to hide.  You will be found and every other passenger on the ship will hate you for wasting valuable vacation time.

As a side note, there are no alcoholic drinks allowed during the drill.  Save your drinking for after.  It’s not that big of a deal.  Causing a scene because the staff has taken  your drink while entertaining for us at first just becomes a nuisance.

The muster drill is all about how to use your life jackets and everything to do during an emergency.  Kinda like if Titanic is going to happen here’s what you should do.  You will find all of the life jackets for your family located in the closet in your cabin.  You do not need to bring your life jackets to the drill.  Just know where they are located and make sure that your children do as well.

The best part of the muster drill is that once it is over the ship will be leaving the Port of Galveston shortly.  Then it’s off to fun and sun.

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