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Partridge4ever
10-19-2010, 11:19 AM
As I posted a few days ago, my mom is on a different deck instead of across the hall. I'd just come to terms with that when I thought about the safety drill. Is there a way to know in advance where we'll go? My mom is going to completely freak out if she has to do that by herself. And heaven forbid if something really happens, I will die of worry if she's in a different lifeboat.

outahere
10-19-2010, 11:27 AM
You might want to post your cabin numbers to see if anyone has stayed in those cabins and remembers their muster station. I'm not sure if the call reps at DCL can tell you or not (I would not try to call them tomorrow - booking for 2012 opens up to everyone, and I'm sure they will be busy).

collectoraholic
10-19-2010, 11:32 AM
Yes, post the stateroom #'s b/c I know we take pictures of us wearing our life jackets and that shows the stateroom & station on them, so we could help you if we were in any of those cabins.

Partridge4ever
10-19-2010, 11:32 AM
7106 and 2111, both are right by the aft elevators, port side.

I called DCL already. They said to ask when we board the ship.

collectoraholic
10-19-2010, 11:37 AM
7106 and 2111, both are right by the aft elevators, port side.

I called DCL already. They said to ask when we board the ship.

OK, we were in Stateroom 7104 on the Wonder back in August and we were in Muster Station P.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v377/collectoraholic/SummerVacation2010-745.jpg

Hopefully someone has info about 2111 or any stateroom that is around it and can give you the Muster Station info for that cabin.

Maybe you can make sure to introduce your Mom to some of her 'neighbors' and that would help calm her nerves (and yours) b/c she would then 'know' some ppl. in her Muster Station. :goodvibes

Partridge4ever
10-19-2010, 11:38 AM
Our luggage tags have the letter A after the cabin number for both of us. I assume that's for the luggage handlers, but I'm hopeful!

Partridge4ever
10-19-2010, 11:42 AM
OK, we were in Stateroom 7104 on the Wonder back in August and we were in Muster Station P.

What a coincidene! Thanks for your help! Although I just did a search on this topic and read about a family who had staterooms next to each other but were in different stations, but at least I have something to go on.

collectoraholic
10-19-2010, 11:42 AM
Our luggage tags have the letter A after the cabin number for both of us. I assume that's for the luggage handlers, but I'm hopeful!

The 'A' stands for Aft, meaning your staterooms are at the back of the ship. It has nothing to do w/ the Muster Stations. Since you are on Deck 7 & your Mom is on Deck 2, I can say with almost certainty that you will NOT be in the same Muster Station, sorry.

carmie3377
10-19-2010, 11:48 AM
7106 and 2111, both are right by the aft elevators, port side.

I called DCL already. They said to ask when we board the ship.

We were in 2110, just across the hall and darn it, our pictures don't show the letter. :upsidedow However, I can tell you we were outside on deck 4.

collectoraholic
10-19-2010, 11:50 AM
Just checked and when we were in stateroom 1066 on the Wonder (port-side, midship), our Muster Station for that sailing was 'K'. Thought I'd share this info since there are so few staterooms on Deck 1 that maybe they share Muster Stations w/ Deck 2 staterooms.

Partridge4ever
10-19-2010, 12:02 PM
I know we won't be at the same station, but I was hoping it would be on the same deck so that I can at least walk her to her spot before heading to mine.

Pinkprincessmom
10-19-2010, 12:11 PM
Once you board and get to your rooms, have her check her life jacket for the muster station. You can then walk to that area well before the life boat drill and you can also show her where yours is. The lifeboat drill is usually around 4:15, or about 45 minutes before you sail. Also, cast members are very helpful.

PrincessShmoo
10-19-2010, 01:18 PM
I'm assuming it will be the same: We were in 2108 on the Magic, our muster station was N Deck 4 port side.

:cutie:

Suz D
10-19-2010, 01:38 PM
I think the people on the Disboards are some of the most helpful people ever! It looks like you may have one cabin at muster station P and one at N. Hopefully they will be on the same deck just a few stations apart.

thomprod
10-19-2010, 06:38 PM
May I make a suggestion? The lifts (elevators) are disabled during the drill, so if climbing stairs is difficult, or would add to her anxiety, you may want to take your mother up to her station at least 10 minutes before the muster drill before they disable the lifts.

jilljill
10-19-2010, 06:43 PM
May I make a suggestion? The lifts (elevators) are disabled during the drill, so if climbing stairs is difficult, or would add to her anxiety, you may want to take your mother up to her station at least 10 minutes before the muster drill before they disable the lifts.

The elevators can still be used for those unable to use the steps. You just need to talk to the CM's that are by the elevators.

mmmears
10-19-2010, 06:48 PM
May I make a suggestion? The lifts (elevators) are disabled during the drill, so if climbing stairs is difficult, or would add to her anxiety, you may want to take your mother up to her station at least 10 minutes before the muster drill before they disable the lifts.

I never realized the elevators don't work during the drills! :eek:

The elevators can still be used for those unable to use the steps. You just need to talk to the CM's that are by the elevators.

Thanks for this info.:thumbsup2 We're taking my DM on our upcoming cruise and she will need to use the elevator for the drill. 3 flights of stairs is too much for her. She is still hoping to hide in the cabin like she has done on Princess, but I told her that I believe it's mandatory on DCL that she show up with us at the muster station. Hope the elevators will be available for her.:confused:

HappyontheLake
10-19-2010, 06:49 PM
Once you board and get to your rooms, have her check her life jacket for the muster station. You can then walk to that area well before the life boat drill and you can also show her where yours is. The lifeboat drill is usually around 4:15, or about 45 minutes before you sail. Also, cast members are very helpful.

There are, however, a few routes that are not accessible by passengers unless it is a Muster. Our route had us going through the door that led to the Bridge and then down some stairs.

clten
10-19-2010, 08:57 PM
The 'A' stands for Aft, meaning your staterooms are at the back of the ship. It has nothing to do w/ the Muster Stations. Since you are on Deck 7 & your Mom is on Deck 2, I can say with almost certainty that you will NOT be in the same Muster Station, sorry.

I know we won't be at the same station, but I was hoping it would be on the same deck so that I can at least walk her to her spot before heading to mine.

I don't understand why you think because they are on different decks, they almost certainly won't be in the same muster station?? Muster stations are not determined by deck, they are determined by cabin location on the ship. For example, the 10 cabins right at the midship elevators on all decks, port side will be in a port side midship muster station on deck 4 (on the Magic/Wonder ALL muster stations are on deck 4). If your cabin is forward, your muster station will be forward, if your cabin is aft, your muster station will be aft...

So if you are in the same location just on different decks, there is a high likelihood that you will be in the same muster station or at least ones right next to one another.

collectoraholic
10-19-2010, 09:02 PM
I don't understand why you think because they are on different decks, they almost certainly won't be in the same muster station?? Muster stations are not determined by deck, they are determined by cabin location on the ship. For example, the 10 cabins right at the midship elevators on all decks, port side will be in a port side midship muster station on deck 4 (on the Magic/Wonder ALL muster stations are on deck 4). If your cabin is forward, your muster station will be forward, if your cabin is aft, your muster station will be aft...

So if you are in the same location just on different decks, there is a high likelihood that you will be in the same muster station or at least ones right next to one another.

This is NOT true. We have been inside Animator's Palate for our Muster Station on numerous DCL cruises.

clten
10-19-2010, 09:14 PM
This is NOT true. We have been inside Animator's Palate for our Muster Station on numerous DCL cruises.

My statement is true -- Animator's Palate is on deck 4. Many forward cabins also meet in the Walt Disney Theater -- also Deck 4. The meeting points are on deck 4 because that is where the lifeboats would be launched from if necessary.

thomprod
10-23-2010, 11:34 AM
I never realized the elevators don't work during the drills! :eek:

Thanks for this info.:thumbsup2 We're taking my DM on our upcoming cruise and she will need to use the elevator for the drill. 3 flights of stairs is too much for her. She is still hoping to hide in the cabin like she has done on Princess, but I told her that I believe it's mandatory on DCL that she show up with us at the muster station. Hope the elevators will be available for her.:confused:

The elevators do work, but there will be crew members stationed at the doors discouraging passengers from using them. I suggested going early to avoid having to convince them that your mother needs to use the elevator, and to minimize her anxiety.

It is possible to hide in your cabin, but attendance is taken at all muster stations. The CM at your mother's station will repeatedly call her cabin number on a bullhorn. Eventually, they will give up, but this makes the process take longer. If a passenger does not appear at their station, they will receive a note in their room shortly thereafter.

The process only takes about 15 minutes and provides useful information about how to evacuate the ship if necessary in an emergency.

Gigi22
10-23-2010, 12:05 PM
OP, muster station drill sounds more tricky than it is.

You should all definitely attend the drill--I have encountered one or two DCL passengers who missed the drill, and DCL required them to do a 'make up' drill.

About 30 min. before the drill, grab your lifejackets from your cabin, meet up with your mom in her cabin, collect her life jacket, and take the elevator to the 4th deck. Find your mom's lifeboat station, take her to it, and arrange how you will meet up after the drill--it is probably easier for you to meet her at her lifeboat station (this is very important, as everyone on board hits the stairs, the elevators and the hallways at the same time immediately after the drill, so there is a lot of congestion), then, as the PA announcements for the drill start up, walk over to your muster station.

Piece of cake!

mmmears
10-23-2010, 05:13 PM
The elevators do work, but there will be crew members stationed at the doors discouraging passengers from using them. I suggested going early to avoid having to convince them that your mother needs to use the elevator, and to minimize her anxiety.

It is possible to hide in your cabin, but attendance is taken at all muster stations. The CM at your mother's station will repeatedly call her cabin number on a bullhorn. Eventually, they will give up, but this makes the process take longer. If a passenger does not appear at their station, they will receive a note in their room shortly thereafter.

The process only takes about 15 minutes and provides useful information about how to evacuate the ship if necessary in an emergency.

Thanks for the advice. I'm not worried about convincing them since you can see that she has a hard time walking. It's the standing around time that worries her -- she absolutely can't stand for 10-15 mins. Too bad we can't get a lounge chair there at our station!:rolleyes:

I'm not the OP -- my DM is in the same cabin as the rest of us are -- so we will be at the drill station. I just hope I can convince her to come, but if not, the rest of us will be there.

I totally agree that it's important -- just hard to convince her of that (and she's sailed around the world more than once and taken plenty of cruises). You know it's hard to teach parents things. :rolleyes1

Partridge4ever
10-23-2010, 06:32 PM
:thumbsup2 I wanted to thank everyone for posting! Somehow after I logged off that day, I missed the notification that there were more posts.

I'm relieved that if we are indeed in N and P, we will at least be close. We plan to get to the port to board as early as they'll let us, so we'll have plenty of time to verify the exact location. Mom is slow on stairs, so we definitely will get her to her spot a little early before the stampede starts. She's better going down stairs than up, so I think we'll take her life vest up to our cabin and start from there.

jilljill
10-23-2010, 07:45 PM
Thanks for the advice. I'm not worried about convincing them since you can see that she has a hard time walking. It's the standing around time that worries her -- she absolutely can't stand for 10-15 mins. Too bad we can't get a lounge chair there at our station!:rolleyes:

I'm not the OP -- my DM is in the same cabin as the rest of us are -- so we will be at the drill station. I just hope I can convince her to come, but if not, the rest of us will be there.

I totally agree that it's important -- just hard to convince her of that (and she's sailed around the world more than once and taken plenty of cruises). You know it's hard to teach parents things. :rolleyes1

Would you be able to convince your mom to use a wheelchair borrowed from the ship for the drill? That way she won't be standing around and usually they let those in a wheelchair leave a couple minutes early.

clten
10-23-2010, 11:59 PM
Thanks for the advice. I'm not worried about convincing them since you can see that she has a hard time walking. It's the standing around time that worries her -- she absolutely can't stand for 10-15 mins. Too bad we can't get a lounge chair there at our station!:rolleyes:



If you are on the Magic/Wonder, on deck 4, they fold up all the lounge chairs to have room for the drill but there are wooden benches/chests that are permanent fixtures. If you arrive at your lifeboat station early enough, you should be able to have your mother sit on them -- just let your lifeboat station crew know that she needs to sit and they will accomodate you and not make her stand through the drill. (of course if your cabin is forward or aft, your station may be in the theater or Animator's and everyone sits in them!)

mmmears
10-24-2010, 12:26 AM
Would you be able to convince your mom to use a wheelchair borrowed from the ship for the drill? That way she won't be standing around and usually they let those in a wheelchair leave a couple minutes early.

Unfortunately, no. I've already asked her. :rolleyes1 I'm just happy she wants to go, so I don't want to rock the boat too much. ;)

If you are on the Magic/Wonder, on deck 4, they fold up all the lounge chairs to have room for the drill but there are wooden benches/chests that are permanent fixtures. If you arrive at your lifeboat station early enough, you should be able to have your mother sit on them -- just let your lifeboat station crew know that she needs to sit and they will accomodate you and not make her stand through the drill. (of course if your cabin is forward or aft, your station may be in the theater or Animator's and everyone sits in them!)

Great idea! Thanks -- I will definitely get there early and let them know. She'll be fine if she can sit. We're right by the mid-ship elevators, so we'll be outside on deck 4 for the drill.

Everyone here is so helpful -- THANK YOU ALL!:goodvibes

NewDCLGuy
10-24-2010, 08:54 AM
It's the standing around time that worries her --
On our recent cruise, the CM's explained that they wanted everyone to show up for the drill and check in... but it was only absolutely necessary for one person from each cabin to stay. Several people who felt they would have trouble standing were excused back to their cabin.

mmmears
10-24-2010, 12:30 PM
On our recent cruise, the CM's explained that they wanted everyone to show up for the drill and check in... but it was only absolutely necessary for one person from each cabin to stay. Several people who felt they would have trouble standing were excused back to their cabin.

Really? That's wonderful news! :goodvibes I'll tell her that -- I'm sure it will make her feel better about it. :banana:

justmestace
10-24-2010, 01:17 PM
As long as she goes down and checks in, she will be allowed to leave after that.

Minnie116
10-24-2010, 01:50 PM
When we cruised with my mother-in-law our staterooms were right next to each other, however, we were in different muster stations. While we were walking to the muster station, we informed a crew member that we were family but in different stations and they told us that because we were family that we needed to stay together. At our station they informed her station that my MIL was with us at our station.

Princessandthemommy
10-25-2010, 10:37 AM
I will agree with some of the other posters, to go to her room early and see where she will be headed to at the time of the drill- check her life vest. You can do a run through yourself and better direct her at the given time. I will say I was in room 2598- dont remember our muster location but it was HOT HOT HOT standing in with the sun beeming down on you while waiting for everyone to arrive. So I would suggest getting her one of those little hand held battery fans that can loop around her neck and have a cold bottle of water.

If she hides out in her room, that means the longer everyone else will have to stand out in the heat and wait. (They do a roll call of sort or check your room/vest number when they see you). Now the longer you have to stand and wait you will start to see people getting a little peeved :confused:and it's a hard wait for the children. I thought DD3 would just about fall out. :eek:

So in short,
Prepare- Go to room early find out where everyone will need to be.
Send- Send the rest of your family to the muster station.
Take- Take Mom, to her spot with water and fan
Go- Go to your station with the rest of your fam.
Go Again- Go get mom when drill is over.