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Muster 2.0: Royal Caribbean's Virtual Safety Drill

16 Sep 2020 | by Bea Larrington

Muster 2.0: Royal Caribbean's Virtual Safety Drill

With the Royal Caribbean Group, it's easy to see how innovation is at the forefront of everything they do. From family-friendly ships packed from bow to stern with no end of unique at-sea adventures, to luxury and ultra-luxury ships which invite guests to enjoy the cruise holiday of their dreams, technology is at the heart of their incredible vessels. Now, thanks to the new Muster 2.0 app feature, Royal Caribbean Group is bringing one of the least popular but most necessary parts of a cruise into the modern day.

What is a muster drill?

A muster drill, or lifeboat drill, is a mandatory safety briefing which must occur on ships within the first 24 hours of sailing, although most take place just before departure. These drills ensure that guests are familiar with procedures in case of an emergency, including the sound of the siren, meeting points and how to put on a life jacket.

What is Royal Caribbean's Muster 2.0?

Depending on the size of the ship, safety drills will either take place at muster stations on deck, or in a theatre with a large capacity. However, following the Covid-19 pandemic and the resulting need to facilitate social distancing, Royal Caribbean Group has introduced Muster 2.0. Using an app on their mobile or TVs in staterooms, guests will be able to review all safety information before departure. They will then be required to go to their muster station where a member of the crew will check that all steps have been completed and answer any further questions.

However, it's not just the muster drill which the app can be used for to aid health and safety onboard Royal Caribbean ships. Other functionalities which will help keep guests safe throughout their cruise include:

  • Check in and scheduled boarding time- by allowing guests to check in through the app and allocating boarding times to stagger embarkation, large groups assembling in one place can be avoided
  • Stateroom Automation- digital keys and control of lighting, tv, windows and temperature means that contact of touch points can be reduced
  • Onboard Account- guests can view their onboard account through the app, as well as view and reserve activities, entertainment and dining to avoid crowding spaces and touch contact with surfaces in public areas.

Which Cruise Lines Is Muster 2.0 Available On?

Having been developed by the Royal Caribbean Group, Muster 2.0 can be found on the following cruise lines:

If you want to find out more about what these and other cruise lines are doing to enhance their health and safety measures following on from the coronavirus pandemic be sure to visit our page on cruising with confidence.

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