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    Default cruise ship evacuation

    Every time I see one of those exceptionally big cruise ships I wonder how they are going to evacuate the passengers in case of emergency.
    Then I found this 2009 film of a live exercise.
    The actual evacuation starts at 4:00

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    Default Re: cruise ship evacuation

    An article about how the large Caribbean ships got exemptions and waivers is at: https://www.cruiselawnews.com/2013/0...s-of-the-seas/

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    Default Re: cruise ship evacuation

    Trial run from a drilling rig:

    https://youtu.be/Boyy79Z38TM
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    Default Re: cruise ship evacuation

    Interesting concepts but not very confidence-inspiring.

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    Live coverage of the evacuation of 1300 passengers from Viking Sky, March 24th 2019. Covers the initial phase where passengers were still laughing about the weather in lounge while tables and a piano were rolling across the deck, how passengers reacted at musterstations dressed in lifejackets with water washing over their feet, weather & route maps, evacuation by helicopter, views from the ship and from land (ship was minutes from land when the anchors suddenly held).
    A pretty good video of an actual evacuation of a cruise ship.

    4 helicopters evacuated 479 passengers (half of all passengers onboard) when the capt stopped the evacuation. They got an engine running and made it to emergency harbour, escorted by two tugs (Supplyboats from the oil platforms, I think).
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    I suspect if a SHTF emergency such as a serious fire or bad collision occurred on the The Quantum Of The Seas there could well be many lives lost .
    The logistics of attempting to disembark 5000 passengers plus crew into rigid and also inflatable life rafts would have to be every Captains nightmare.
    Having sailed aboard her I found it best not to entertain those thoughts.

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    What gets me is there is no way to secure all the loose furniture and ornamental plants etc. Also those SOLAS PFDs will only be useful for retrieving corpses from the water if those people end up in the water. My understanding is you would only last a few minutes in the water there.
    Strangely I have no desire to ever set foot on a cruise ship.
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    Default Re: cruise ship evacuation

    I don't even like to set eyes on the things.

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    Default Re: cruise ship evacuation

    Quote Originally Posted by WX View Post
    What gets me is there is no way to secure all the loose furniture and ornamental plants etc. Also those SOLAS PFDs will only be useful for retrieving corpses from the water if those people end up in the water. My understanding is you would only last a few minutes in the water there.
    Strangely I have no desire to ever set foot on a cruise ship.
    Agree that cruise has very little appeal. Different story if it is a method of traveling up the coast to a destination. But cruise as the goal itself nope.

    The waters here are generally warmer than they are farther south on the Atlantic coast. The golf stream hits pretty square on around Bergen and streaks up the entire coastline before turning west and sinking in artic waters towards Labrador. That brings a lot of heat that skips by places south...UK... Portugal...

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    Default Re: cruise ship evacuation

    I'd never been on a cruise ship & one year a conference I attend pretty regularly was held on a ship doing a 3 day Miami - Bahamas - Miami trip. I realize it wasn't top of the line (Royal Caribbean) - but holy cow. I felt as though i was back in college with all the drunk obnoxious people. When not drinking, everyone's focused on the food & the gluttony was astounding. Great way to see the worst side of people.

    That's not even getting into the safety aspects.
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    I notice that all the "passengers" coming off the cruise ship were relatively young, relatively slim, in robust health, not at all hesitant about hopping onto the rescue boat, and none had walking aids.

    The sea state was such that the vertical motion between ship and rescue boat was less than 1' (300mm), there was no discernible horizontal motion at all.

    I was invited onto a cruise ship in Port Glasgow once, and the vast majority of passengers I saw were the exact opposite of those in the video, most were elderly, many were chronically obese, most were not in good health, I got the impression that many were frail and couldn't hop if their lives depended on it, many had walking aids, and quite a few needed mobility scooters.

    That evacuation exercise was a total waste of time, and inspires no confidence at all.

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    Default Re: cruise ship evacuation

    Certainly agree with most of the comments. We take one or two cruises each year, but we stick to those ships around 50,000 tons and with 1200 passengers capacity. That way in an emergency, we would have a half decent chance of surviving. Even so those passengers with mobility problems, and there are a lot of them on the ships we sail, would probably not be able to evacuate.

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    I was referring to this one:
    eurodam.jpg
    saw her recently in the lock ( I was on my bike, which makes these ships appear bigger )
    I looked into it Eurodam 86.000 tons, 1000+ cabins and 2000+ pax.

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    Default Re: cruise ship evacuation

    Small by today's standard dutch. Symphony of the Seas comes in at 228,000 tons, with 6800 passengers and 2200 crew. Thats 9000 souls onboard. Good luck saving a fraction of them.

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