Finally, after years of wanting and dreaming, you’re finally on that vacation of a lifetime. The cruise that has been on your bucket list for years and now you are there, enjoying every moment until…..Bam! There is an emergency. Who would have thought that the actual drill that is now required before leaving the docking station, since the sinking of the titanic, would actually come in handy? But a sinking ship isn’t the only time an evacuation is necessary. Although considered rare, many disasters can happen at sea that can require a full cruise ship evacuation, such as fires, illnesses, running aground, pirates… But regardless of the reasons for abandoning ship, there are important things to consider and remember when in an emergency cruise ship evacuation. So keep reading and take note of these 15 important things to remember in a cruise ship evacuation.
Before we begin, let’s just mention the signal that ships use to let passengers know and become aware that an emergency evacuation is about to happen. And, that signal is seven short horn blast with a long horn blast. This is the standard signal among the ships. So, upon hearing this signal, here’s what to remember.
1. Resist the Urge to Panic
Panic is one of the first things that you’re likely to experience when you realize the reality of the situation. But, it is crucial you resist the urge to panic. Panicking is infectious and causes people to push, shove and even trample, making the evacuation, potentially, just as dangerous as staying aboard the ship. So, the more people keep calm, the smoother and safer the evacuation will be.