QM2: Cruise ship safety

2013-12-03 12:56

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There have been a number of cruising incidents in the news over the recent month - making brushing up on your cruise ship safety procedure essential fodder more than paranoid extremism.

When I joined the Queen Mary on the final leg of her 2013 cruise. Admittedly there are many things to remind you of the golden age of cruising and the period of the iconic, yet tragic engineering fete that was the Titanic. Fortunately, none of it has to do with safety issues.

They don’t take safety lightly on this boat. Nor do they falter in keeping you fully updated on what’s happening on board - at all times.

The purser’s desk is located in the Grand lobby of the ship – you’ll come to know it well as you struggle to acquaint yourself with the front and back of the ship. 

Don’t even get us started on Starboard and Portside. For our entire 16 days aboard we still could not make heads or tails of our location – she really is just that big and disorientating - and at 345m in length you'll be working off all the sumptious food available through out the day - consider the fact that there are in excess of 14 000 meals served through out the day. 

When it comes to a safety emergency here what you need to know:

- Seven short blasts followed by one long blast on the ships whistle will be the only signal that requires you to take action in an emergency:
- Proceed to your stateroom to collect your lifejacket, warm clothing, head covering and any emergency medication you might normally use.
-  You’ll then be required to head to you allocated assembly station which you will find on the safety noticed at the back of your stateroom door.
-  All assembly stations are found on deck 7
-  It is important to remember that the general emergency signal is not a signal to abandon ship
-  It is best to walk quickly and quietly, while keep to the right to allow other guests and crew to pass
-  If for any reason you are prevented from going to your stateroom, head to the assigned emergency assembly station for your stateroom
-  A life jacket will be given to you by a crew member at your assembly station
-  In the unlikely event that there is a need to abandon ship the order will be given from the bridge
-  Staff will divide you into groups and guides will take you from your stations to the survival crafts
-  In the event of a fire – your route may be blocked by fireproof doors; although heavy they can be opened and will close automatically behind you.
-  There are alternative exits from every space on board the ship and you should thoroughly familiarise yourself with the area surrounding your stateroom
-  Low location strip lights will come on in the event of an emergency, which will lead you to an exit during an emergency
-  It is advisable to keep close to the floor or deck
-  Do not use the lifts in an emergency as you can become trapped in the event of a power failure
-  Should you smell smoke or discover a fire, you are required to activate one of the red alarms on situated around the ship
-  This will activate an alarm on the bridge and will not be heard

Procedures for leaving and boarding:

- Officers may neeed to search your hand luggage when boarding or disembarking
- Visitors are restricted to the ship for you own security
- You are required to carry you Cunard issued identity card with you for re-entry
- Always observe the departure times which are clearly shown on signage when disembarking as well as communicated to you in the daily events programme
- There are designated smoking areas and guests are advised never to through anything overboard

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