Holland America Cruise lines guests who refuse to participate in this mandatory safety (muster) drill will NOT be permitted to sail.
The Safety briefing is given over the PA system whenever new passengers embark; also in every port before sailing. You may also receive written materials in your stateroom. Regulations require that the safety briefing provides “clear instructions” that “detail the actions each person on board should follow in the event of an emergency.” READ THEM!
All cruise lines are supposed to follow regulations called Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS), which were adopted following the sinking of the Titanic and are administered by the United Nation’s International Maritime Organization (IMO). The U.S. Coast Guard also gets involved by making sure those regulations are followed by passenger ships that stop in the United States. You no longer need to take your life vest with you to the exercise. Always remember when you enter a ship you are now under the laws of the ships registry as well as Maritime Law.
Safety rules and regulations are there to help you in case of an emergency. Just like insurance, you never want to have to use them, but in an emergency they may save your life.
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