Norwegian Cruise Line Brigs Back In-Person Pax Muster Drill

Jan 24, 2023

In spite of the popularity of e-muster drills, which have been implemented as part of the COVID protocols by all major cruise lines, Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings has decided to go back to the old way. 

NCL also released the following operational announcement:

"The safety of our guests and crew members is our number one priority. We continuously evaluate our procedures for providing detailed instructions on safety and security measures to our guests, and as such have made the decision to reinstate synchronized muster drills on embarkation day across all vessels within the fleet."

Starting immediately, the company will re-establish synchronized collection drill on all vessels in its fleet on the day of embarkation. Yes, that means waiting for everyone to assemble at their assigned stations and read the safety instructions. 

A memo from Norwegian Cruise Line said: “The safety of our guests and crew members is our number one priority. We are continuously evaluating our procedures for providing detailed instructions on safety and security measures to our guests, and as such we have made the decision to reinstate synchronized boarding day collection exercises on all vessels within the fleet. This policy will take effect immediately after the next day of embarkation of each vessel." 

This will apply to every ship under the Norwegian Cruise Line Holding brand, including Norwegian Cruise Line, Regent Seven Seas and Oceania Cruises. 

 

Back in November, Disney became the first major cruise line to return to traditional charters. Then they cited security problems and non-compliance with guests. Norwegian Cruise Line has yet to give a reason for returning to old-school drills. 

Meanwhile, just a few days ago, Carnival Cruise Line's brand ambassador, John Heald, reported that the line he represents plans to continue e-mister exercises. 

According to the International Maritime Organization, a passenger safety drill must be conducted before a cruise ship leaves its home port.

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