Couple Skips Muster Drill, Removed From Cruise

Earlier today, a couple who was sailing on board the SeabournSojourn was disembarked after the wife refused to attend the mandatory muster drill.

Muster Drill In Progress (Cruise Now)

The couple was traveling on 3 back to back cruises on board the Seabourn Sojourn and only the woman’s husband showed up for the mandatory muster drill, while the wife claimed she wasn’t feeling well and “had already done the drill before, and  failed to report to her muster station after repeated attempts to make her attend. The Captain even announced over the PA that any person who refused to attend the drill would face immediate debarkation. So, they packed up the couple’s luggage and belongings, and they were forced to debark even before the cruise had started.

The new crack down on “muster skippers” comes after the Costa Concordia tragedy where 32 people lost their lives when the Concordia  collided with rocks off the coast of Giligo. The Costa Concordia had not yet held its muster drill.

Earlier this year, a similar incident took place on Holland America Line’s ms. Westerdam, where they disembarked multiple passengers for skipping the muster drill.

So what do you think, should this be a mandatory rule put in place for all cruise lines or is this over the top? Let me know in the comment section below.

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Mike Faust

Mike Faust is an avid world traveler, often found traversing city streets in Asia and Europe rather than his home city of Boca Raton. Mike has touched down in 39 countries, set sail on 35 cruises, and flown over 400,000 lifetime miles.