If you have been on a cruise, you have been sitting at the bar or hanging out in the pool and the horn goes off and its time for muster drill and your vacation is officially on pause for about 45 minutes.
For those that have not sailed, prior to departure, every guest is required to go through the Muster Safety Drill. You head off to your muster station, usually listed on your sail and sign card or the back of your cabin door. Here you find out where you would go in the unlikely case of any emergency, learn how to put on a life vest and other safety measures. I remember a time when you had to bring your life vest with you, not anymore though. Although it was a pain, not only is it required, but its important to know this information.
Well, it looks like that experience is changing, at east with Royal Caribbean. Royal has developed Muster 2.0 using technology o make your cruise experience even better.
Muster 2.0 uses the technology of your phone or your stateroom television to deliver the muster drill to you. The way it works is, you simply go to the app on your phone and complete the drill getting all of the safety mesaures and your muster location and acknowledge you have completed the task. Once you are done, just visit your muster station and a crew member will verify the completion and send you on your way. The best part is you can do this at anytime after you board as long as its prior to departure.
You can also complete this on your stateroom TV if you do not wish to do it on your phone. Now remember, every guest will need to complete the drill.
According to Royal Caribbean, this received great feedback from guest on the Symphony of the Seas back in January. This was the first of several test of the program.
What will this do?
This will accomplish a couple things. First, with the concern of COVID, you will have to gather in a large group for 30 minutes or more. But also, no more interrupting the fun for the Muster Drill. At this time, there is no word on other cruise lines following suite but I expect it. So the next time you sail Royal Caribbean, look forward to this new process.
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