Will I need to attend a safety drill on my cruise?

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How will they know if I don’t go to the drill?

This question was answered on our Q & A Wednesday show on July 26, 2017.
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Lifeboat or “Muster” drills are mandatory for all guests regardless of the length or number of times they may have cruised before and must be take place within 24 hours of embarkation. The drills are conducted in accordance with SOLAS (Safety of Life at Sea) and the U.S. Coast Guard for any ships that stops or embark from the United States. Mustering is the procedure of getting to your lifeboat station in the event of an emergency onboard. The drills are designed to familiarize the guest with the procedures such as location of their assigned lifeboat station, putting on a life-jacket and how to stay alert and safe during their cruise. On many of today’s newer ships, guests gather in lounges and public spaces rather than at the actual outdoor mustering stations, which is much more organized as there is more space available. If you’re thinking of skipping the drill altogether, note that they do take attendance and in some cases, require you to swipe your cruise card to prove you were in attendance. Those found skipping the drill, will be required to participate at another time.