Marg & Bill Lynn
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
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Italy & TransAtlantic Cruise 2012
Lifeboat Drill

Friday, November 23

After our visit to Pointe--Pitre, Guadaloupe, we were sitting in the lounge watching the crew undergo their regular safety drill when I heard the announcement to lower the starboard lifeboats. At first I assumed this was pretend, but then I realized that it was for real, so I grabbed my camera and made for the promenade deck (the lifeboats hang just above this deck). By the time I got there, most of the lifeboats were in the lagoon on the starboard side of the ship, but I got to watch the last ones descend and all return.
This was the first time I had ever seen the lifeboats on a cruise ship actually being lowered to the water. A lady also watching said it might be in preparation for the U.S. Coast Guard inspection the next day at St. Thomas, USVI.
Turned out she was right. The next day the same thing occurred and the captain later thanked and congratulated the crew for their excellent performance in the Coast Guard test.

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The crew regularly had safety drills in which they took stations all over the ship.

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Several boats are already in the water, with others being launched,
as the remaining crew report to the theatre for debriefing.

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A boat being launched.

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The boats cruised around in the lagoon, seeming to have a great time.
The larger boats are tenders, for ports where the ship cannot dock.
One lifeboat apparently lost power and had to be towed in.

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Getting the boats back aboard and properly stowed was an intricate process.


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