Dibben - Answered a Question by Bird (28 Jul 07 12:10)

No problem there is more than enough lifeboats on all ships and fire is very very rare ,enjoy your cruise, ian. gravesend.

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Worried Cruises - Answered a Question by Bird (26 Jul 07 16:28)

I have always wondered that myself and also If more people stood on the port side of a ship will it capsize? if that does happen, then how will you get in lifeboats intime.

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Grant - Answered a Question by Bird (27 Jul 07 17:30)

All ships must carry enough life boats and rafts to evecuate the whole ship's compliment of passengers and crew from either side of the ship,.

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champion - Answered a Question by Bird (27 Jul 07 17:58)

Sadly I was on the last voyage of the Sun Vista- sunk May 1999- out of Singapore The Life boats were badly maintained, leaking, water hatches and first aid hatches painted over but yes , there was room, although many boats were overloaded and the ship was not full The answer? Go with an international reputable big company wih high safety standards. Yes I still cruise, but only with Celebrity, Royal Caribbean, Princess etc Denni.

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Bell - Answered a Question by Bird (27 Jul 07 22:17)

Echoing the first knowledgeable answer, I would guess that pro rata a lot more short haul pleasure vessels and ferries have sunk with casualties than cruise ships. Of course the country setting the standards for each cruise line is most important. I was most impressed with my two cruises in terms of their rigorous drills. How often does your place of work ensure that you all know how to escape from your potentially burning building? I am sure there are lines which you might want to avoid if you are generally worried about safety, and if you google or similar I am sure you will find experts who are willing to name names.

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Taylor - Answered a Question by Bird (28 Jul 07 08:11)

Vessels vary but I counted the life boats and capacities on QE2 and there appeared to be more than enough spaces for all passengers and crew. Chris Taylor, Esse.

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Jones - Answered a Question by Bird (28 Jul 07 10:05)

Generally speaking no, but the lifeboats are backed up by numerous life raft.

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Powell - Answered a Question by Bird (28 Jul 07 21:25)

Ye.

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fox - Answered a Question by Bird (29 Jul 07 11:16)

Yes there is always enough lifeboarts if something should happen under health and safety this is a mus.

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Webster - Answered a Question by Bird (29 Jul 07 14:02)

It is the law. A ship must carry more lifeboats and rafts than it has passengers. This ensures that in a very rare incident that lifeboats are in-accessible, liferafts and MES shoots (evacuation slides) are still available all around the ships. An average lifeboat alone would normally hold 60-80 passengers as a tender, but could hold double that in an emergency. Also, passengers have to be evacuated before most of the crew. I was first in charge of a muster station on a cruise ship for 6 months, and can assure you, there is nothing to worry about. Crew are very well trained on a weekly basis to cope with all eventualities, and evacuating a ship is VERY rare.

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