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December 28, 2006 12:03 AM

Broken: Emergency Exit door on Carnival Valor Cruise ship

EmergencyexitcruiseFlickr user Pboy points out:

I saw this Emergency Exit door on Carnival Valor Cruise ship.

Where do the passengers exit in an emergency?


so...should I enter in or not???

Posted by: krizpiyo at December 28, 2006 01:11 AM

I rarely say this, but not broken. Cruise ships have different boats for the crew and for the passengers. The passengers one will be self-sustaining, with food and medicine supplies for all the passengers and an automated distress beacon. The crew one will have full communication equipment and a powerful engine to get near enough to another ship to radio for help, and will only be big enough for the crew.

You should have been told the emergency procedure shown the location of your allocated lifeboat boarding area when you boarded the ship (by law); if you weren't, complain.

Posted by: Simon at December 28, 2006 05:05 AM

In the confusion of an actual emergency, I doubt a passenger will remember a half hour training they had a few days prior, whereas a crew member would remember all their extensive training.

I believe the door is primarily an Emergency Exit, but on a normal day-to-day basis it is for crew only (to check supplies, equipment, etc.).

However, if I'm wrong, then the door is clearly mislabeled. It should say "CREW ONLY" so that no passenger is accidentally diverted into a potentially deadly situation in an actual emergency.

Posted by: mmcwatters at December 28, 2006 10:50 AM

Maybe it should just say "Crew Only except for emergency use."

Isn't this pretty common in airports? I often see a door that says "emergency exit - alarm will sound" but then there's a keypad next to it and airline staff go through it without the alarm sounding.

Posted by: M at January 3, 2007 01:48 PM

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