New emergency drill policy for cruise passengers

Date Posted: 20/02/2012

The global cruise industry has announced a new emergency drill policy requiring mandatory muster for embarking passengers prior to departure from port.

The new policy comes as part of a Cruise Industry Operational Safety Review in response to the Costa Concordia incident, and as part of industry efforts to review and improve safety measures.

Musters are mandatory exercises conducted on cruise ships to ensure passengers are informed of safety protocols while onboard the ship, including emergency evacuation procedures.  Current legal requirements state that a muster should occur within 24 hours of embarkation.

The new muster policy is effective immediately, and exceeds existing legal requirements by calling for the mandatory muster of all embarking passengers prior to departure from port. 

A copy of the new muster policy can be viewed here.

For further information visit the Cruise Lines International Association website.

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