Safety And Security On Modern Mega Cruise Liners
Modern cruise liners have reached a whole new level with the launch of the world’s biggest cruise ship. But just how safe are these mega maritime giants?
Royal Caribbean’s Harmony Of The Seas, the world’s biggest cruise liner, has finally set sail. This maritime giant offers and amazing array of activities, dining options and entertainment to ensure a memorable trip of a lifetime. It’s the widest ship ever built, is 1,187 feet long and can accommodate up to 6,000 passengers. But how safe is it?
You’ll be pleased to know that Royal Caribbean’s safety record is exceptional. The fleet of mega cruise liners are designed for optimum holiday enjoyment, but the company’s highest priority is passenger and crew safety. For additional peace of mind, Avanti offers dedicated Cruise Cover specifically for cruise passengers.
Here’s a look at some of the safety features of the world’s biggest cruise ship to ensure the utmost safety and security of passengers and crew.
Thanks to advances in technology, cruise ships today are the safest that have ever sailed and cruising is one of the safest forms of travel.
As cruise ships have grown in size, so too have the advances in technology and stringent safety regulations such as state-of-the-art fast response systems, fire detection and suppression systems and CCTV technology.
Balconies and rails not only meet with safety regulations but exceed them to ensure greater passenger safety.
The international convention of Safety Of Life At Sea is a UN agency which sets global safety and operational standards for all cruise ships. Royal Caribbean’s mega cruise ships not only comply with the stringent regulations set by SOLAS, but also carry additional backup mechanical, navigational and safety provisions.
SOLAS regulations also require that crew have extensive training and perform regular safety drills including ship evacuation procedures so they are fully prepared in the unlikely case of an emergency.
Royal Caribbean’s mega cruise liners are regularly inspected by the U.S. Coastguard who conduct intensive inspections of all safety systems including fire safety equipment. Any ship that fails these inspections will not be allowed to set sail.
The muster drill is a mandatory exercise that requires the participation of all passengers and crew. The drill takes place 30-60 minutes prior to departure and is performed in English and additional core languages if there are large numbers of guests aboard who don’t speak English.
Passengers are shown specific assembly points (muster stations) where they must congregate in the unlikely case of an emergency and are given additional safety information such as the emergency signal and how to don a lifejacket.
The Youth Evacuation Programme ensures that all children taking part in activities onboard will be brought to the muster stations where they will be reunited with their parents/guardians.
There are also specifically trained personnel to assist guests with disabilities and special needs in the case of an emergency.
Security and Medical Personnel
Royal Caribbean provides an excellent standard of care on all of their cruise ships. There are dedicated security officers onboard to ensure the safety and security of guests during the cruise. There are also a variety of security features such as CCTV in all public areas.
Every ship has a minimum of one fully licensed physician and two fully licensed nurses on every trip.
Not only is it safe to say that mega cruise liners are super big but they are also super safe!