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Wednesday, February 29, 2012
Life Raft Training - Freedom of the Seas
Safety training is ongoing on board Freedom of the Seas.
While we were ashore in Labadee, Haiti, we watched as the crew performed a practice drill with a life raft.
The large orange life rafts are packed inside white barrels you'll find on deck four. The lifeboats are used for evacuation of guests in an emergency. The orange life rafts are generally used for crew evacuation after the guests are all safely off the ship.
When deployed, the covered orange life rafts resemble alien pods in a science fiction movie.
The crew performs regular lifeboat and life raft drills. It's always a precision operation.
After we began to walk up one of the hillside paths around the front of the ship we noticed the life raft was being retrieved and returned to the ship after the drill. You can see it in the image above on the left side of the bow.
It is fascinating to watch the various tests and drills that are continuously performed.