Crew Boat Drill

Cruise ship evacuation procedures explored

Crew members inspecting a life boatCrew members inspecting a life boat

All cruise ship employees must be familiar with every aspect of safety at sea and training will be an ongoing process whilst onboard. This includes basic fire fighting skills, water tight door operation and evacuation procedures.

Your passengers and fellow crew members will be relying on your professionalism in the event of an emergency and making sure that you know what to do will help you stay calm and composed as you carry out your duties.

Drill types

Crew boat drill

Your obligations whilst onboard include attending a crew boat drill once per week (or once per cruise if you have a 10 or 11 day itinerary) to become completely versed in evacuation procedures including lowering and often piloting a life boat.

Passenger Boat Drill

All passengers must attend a boat drill before the ship sets sail to educate them as to what to do in an emergency. As a crew member you will have to complete the same tasks as you would at a crew boat drill but this time there will be upwards of 3000 passengers who all need to be lined up (women and children at the front) and checked off.

What you will find in a life boat

Raised life boatLife boat in its raised position

A life boat has the capacity to seat 150 souls (with 7 being the crew required to operate it). This is an amazingly tight fit and doesn't seem possible at first. The seats have a circular symbol painted on them (one for each person) to avoid any confusion.

Equipment onboard includes oars, a first aid kit, some of the worst tasting energy biscuits known to man, and a fishing line.

The dreaded emergency signal

The emergency signal to proceed to your muster station is seven short and one long blast of the ships whistle. There is often verbal instruction to accompany this such as "all crew, proceed to their muster stations, this is a drill".

Any call to abandon ship will be made verbally by the Captain followed by one long blast of the ships whistle.