On every cruise, you will hear the Captain get on the ship’s PA system and bark out instructions to the crew. I’d like to share with you what the heck is going on.
All passengers MUST attend the lifeboat drill. Roll will be called and if you do not yell “HERE,” you will be marked as absent. Then you have to take a special session just for laggards.
During the drill the Captain will say: “This is a test. This is a test: BRAVO BRAVO deck 7, store room…or such….BRAVO BRAVO.” What’s up? This is all part of the lifeboat drill. They might even do it mid-cruise. It is for the emergency response team to go to the named place and practice their action. BRAVO means fire. A big deal on a ship at sea.
Another one you hope you don’t hear for real is: ALPHA. This is for a medical emergency. On a 3,000++ passenger ship, people will have medical issues. Sometimes a person dies. Yikes!
OSCAR is the signal for “man overboard” If YOU see this…yell “man overboard,” three times and get someone to dial the emergency phone – often x3333. If no one is around, YOU run to a phone. It’s better for you to stay to note the position, but at 20 knots, the ship will move away rapidly so it’s got to stop ASAP. Continue to point to the spot.
ECHO is the word for collision imminent. Hang on!!
So now you know.
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The famous Panama Canal was completed in 1914. This week, the NEW entrances hosted the largest ship to use the new route. The freshly rolled-out Norwegian Cruise Line “Bliss” is the biggest passenger vessel to travel end-to-end. 47 miles. It’s over 1,000 ft long (a mile is 5,280 feet.)
The east and west locks are now 70 feet wider and 18 feet deeper than the old locks, which are still in operation. After delays, they opened in June 2016. The goal was to hit the 100th anniversary, but labor and contractor disputes slowed things down. The hefty infrastructure project was completed in June 2016.
The Canal has bookings for 248 passenger ships for 2018.
The Bliss brings a new level of entrainment to passengers. How about a go-kart racetrack! Next, we need a motorcycle track…and maybe a ¼ mile track for drags. These ships are getting that long!
Learn more about the new canal
A new Bliss-class ship set back NCL close to $1 billion. The race to be the biggest keeps leaps frogging among NCL, Carnival and Royal Caribbean.
I’ve not heard if Bliss will be taking on speakers, but be ready if they do. We can show you how.