When an emergency occurs aboard a cruise ship, a passenger's first thought likely is, what do I do now? The answer's easy, say cruise safety experts: Do what you're told. "Modern ships are extremely...
When an emergency occurs aboard a cruise ship, a passenger’s first thought likely is, what do I do now?
The answer’s easy, say cruise safety experts: Do what you’re told.
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“Modern ships are extremely well equipped, with various layers of protection on board,” said Capt. William Wright, senior vice president of safety, security and environment for Royal Caribbean. Still, it’s important to attend the mandatory boat drill held at the beginning of every cruise, he said.
Some passengers, particularly ones who have cruised often, may skip the drill, thinking that since they’ve taken part in them before, they don’t need to again. Wrong, said Wright.
“They need to know what route to take to their emergency stations, what to bring with them, what not to bring.”
Behind the scenes, meanwhile, every cruise ship has a number of systems with which to fight fire one of the biggest concerns.
On board the average big cruise ship are six miles of fire hose, 5,000 sprinkler heads, 4,000 smoke detectors, 400 fire hydrants and 500 extinguishers.