Most cruise ships have a muster drill, often before leaving port. (U.S. Coast Guard requires such drills within 24 hours of leaving port.) Passengers report to their muster stations, typically wearing their life preservers. On some ships, the drill is a video. On others, it's a meeting point that's a lounge. On the Carnival Pride, which sails out of Baltimore, the muster drill takes place on deck within view of your actual lifeboat. Some cruisers try to avoid this interruption that may come just as you're having your first martini on the Lido Deck. Don't.
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