New Change to Muster Drill Procedures Worldwide

Starting today, all members of the various cruise organizations (Cruise Lines International Association, European Cruise Council, and the Passenger Shipping Association) will be required to hold their muster drill before the ship sets sail. This new rule comes after the fatal tragedy of the Costa Concordia, where many passengers on board had not attended the muster drill yet, as they were to hold it the next day which eventually led to the deaths of about 20+ people.

The previous rule defined by SOLAS (Safety of Life at Sea) said that all cruise ships must hold a muster drill within 24 hours of the ship’s departure from it’s home port. Although this rule applied to all major cruise lines, most of them still held their drills before the ship’s sailing.

For passengers that embark at another time during the cruise, they will be required to attend a muster drill with other passengers who had embarked the same day.


Major cruise lines that will be affected. (This does not include all cruise lines.)


American Cruise Lines

Avalon Waterways

Azamara Club Cruises

Carnival Cruise Lines

Celebrity Cruises

Costa Cruises

Crystal Cruises

Cunard Line

Disney Cruise Line

Holland America Line


Louis Cruises

MSC Cruises

Norwegian Cruise Line

Oceania Cruises

Paul Gauguin Cruises

Pearl Seas Cruises

Princess Cruises

Regent Seven Seas Cruises

Royal Caribbean International

SeaDream Yacht Club

Seabourn Cruise Line

Silversea Cruises

Uniworld Boutique River Cruise Collection

Windstar Cruises




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.