Those of our readers that are not new to cruising would have certainly been through a few cruise ship muster drills, which is thanks to it being a requirement by law. Some people might wonder what happens if you don’t attend a cruise ship drill? The short answer is you can get booted off the ship, which is just what happened to one elderly couple on the Seabourn Sojourn.
While this story is a couple of days old we thought some of you might have missed it, which involved an elderly couple not responding to phone calls and ship wide announcements, and then found themselves having to leave the Seabourn cruise ship.
Seabourn have given their response to this story and it can be read in full via this article. In a nutshell the emergency drill is a mandatory attendance for every voyage, and while some guests can visit a make-up drill if they are too ill to attend, this opportunity was not provided to the couple booted from the Seabourn Sojourn. At the time of writing we don’t know if the couple will get any money refunded, but we’ll update you as we get more information.
Initial reactions from seasoned cruise passengers show little remorse for the couple, which is understandable considering we’ve all had to go through these drills on every cruise ship. You can see a video below this article that shows a muster drill on the Caribbean Princess, which is perfect for those of you that have never cruised before.