On Sunday, January 29, 2012 multiple passengers were disembarked from Holland America Line’s ms Westerdam. They were to made to
leave the vessel after not complying with the DAM muster drill procedures (most likely not showing up.) Holland said in a statement today…
“The drill included alarm blasts and announcements throughout the ship, including instructions that failure to participate would result in disembarkation.”
In the wake of the Costa Concordia incident many (but not all) cruise lines have tightened safety procedures, and in this case with Holland they are now taking DAM roll calls at the muster stations. Holland America Line has confirmed that at least one passenger was disembarked, but other cruisers on Westerdam claim that there were a few that were made to disembark.
Word of advice: If going on a cruise, just go to the DAM muster drill, it’s for your own safety.
*By the way, if you didn’t get the DAM jokes, they are referring to the names of the Holland America Line ships…ex: Westerdam, Amsterdam, Zuiderdam.