A recent report from CruiseCritic.com indicates that an elderly couple was recently booted off a cruise ship after skipping out on the ship’s safety drill. The incident, which occurred on Saturday, seems to show that at least some cruise line captains are getting the message, to put safety first.
According to CruiseCriti.com member Seabourntraveller, after the passengers boarded the 450-passenger ship, the Seabourn Sojourn, the captain announced that anyone who did not take part in the safety drill would not be permitted to sail. Apparently that warning was not heeded by a particular elderly couple which was sailing at the time.
“[The passengers] in [cabin] 627 did not respond to numerous requests, phone calls and announcements to proceed to the Restaurant for the muster drill, and, much to their chagrin, they are spending the next 12 days somewhere other than Seabourn Sojourn,” said Seabourntraveller.
The couple was ordered to leave the ship, which was docked at Lisbon, Portugal at the time. ”He was not bluffing, and they were re-packed, removed and escorted off the gangway,” reported Seabourntraveller.
This is a bit of an extreme example, but it does underscore just how important the muster drills are. After the sinking of the Costa Concordia in January, in which 32 people were killed and many more injured, it is about time that the cruise lines begin to take safety more seriously.
But, considering this was an elderly couple, this example also puts a spotlight on the possible need by cruise lines to ensure they are providing the elderly and those with disabilities the adequate assistance in receiving the muster drill insrtuction.
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