I recently took my morning stroll on Deck 7, Promenade Deck, and found the crew involved in lifeboat training. Of course, I had my baby camera in my pocket so got some images of the lifeboat hanging over the side and in the water seven decks below.
As required by the International Convention for the Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS), at the beginning of every cruise passengers/guests are required to attend a "mustering" to learn where their lifeboats are and what to do in case of an emergency. Guests all "muster" or gather to receive these instructions on the deck where life boats will be boarded in case of a real emergency. Guests do not actually get into lifeboats during a drill. For crew lifeboat training, however, it is a different story.
In a real emergency the guests will be assisted into life boats very, very quickly loaded...
During a crew training drill, after a brief trip on the water around near the ship to test the engines and check other equipment, the lifeboat will be raised back into position and the crew members will go on to do their other regular jobs.
I've come upon this and other drills many times while cruising. It always fascinates me to watch how quickly and efficiently the crew is able to perform all of these tasks.
All of the information I have here is provided to guests during the lifeboat mustering. It's important to attend the mustering at the beginning of a cruise to be sure you have all of the information as it applies to the ship you are aboard at the time. If you are wondering about safety, statistics tell us it is much safer to take a cruise at sea than to drive your car to the grocery.
It pays to have my camera in my pocket whenever I go out for a walk. I hope you enjoyed this series of images.