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Cruise Ship Safety Features

Published 03/11/2015 10:01 PM   |    Updated 05/27/2015 07:10 PM

Carnival provides a safe and enjoyable vacation experience to nearly 4 million passengers a year and we can assure you that the safety of our guests and crew is our number one priority.

Carnival’s fleet has an excellent safety record and we work closely with numerous regulatory agencies such as the U.S. Coast Guard to ensure the safety of our guests and crew. Every ship in our fleet is inspected quarterly by the U.S. Coast Guard to certify compliance with all federal and international regulations.

Regulation of the Cruise Industry 
The North American cruise industry is subject to oversight and regulation by a number of international and U.S. agencies. Safety standards are set by the International Maritime Organization, which is a body of the United Nations. The U.S. Coast Guard represents the United States within the I.M.O and, the U.S. Government, through international treaties, adopts standards established by this organization. Hence, the safety regulations that govern the North American cruise industry are U.S. law. The United States' own vessel safety requirements not developed through the I.M.O. are actually less stringent than the international regulations the cruise industry complies with. 

Sprinkler Systems 
Every vessel in the Carnival fleet is fully sprinklered throughout passenger and crew areas.

Locally Sounding Smoke Alarms
A typical Carnival ship has approximately 3500 smoke sensors, which sound on the ships bridge. The bridge is manned 24 hours a day whether a ship is at sea or in port. The sensors are located in every guest and crew cabin as well as all public areas.

The sensors are ultra-sensitive by design. As a result, the bridge receives a number of false alarms each day. In cabins, for example, cigarette smoke and even hairspray can set off an alarm. Therefore, it is the cruise industry's belief that locally sounding alarms would cause undue panic and chaos on a regular basis. In the event of a real emergency, such panic could undermine the successful execution of emergency procedures. When a cabin smoke alarm sounds, a bridge officer immediately deploys roving fire team personnel to investigate the area. 

Life Jackets
Every Carnival ship contains a surplus of life jackets well above the total number of passengers and crew and above what is required by maritime law. Life jackets are located within passenger cabins and there are additional jackets at lifeboat stations and on board the lifeboats themselves. Life jackets are available in Adult, Child and Infant sizes.

English Language Skills 
Carnival ships have more than 900 crewmembers and the official language of our ships is English and all crewmembers, prior to being offered a job, are interviewed in English. All crewmembers that conduct the lifeboat drill and would be responsible for directing guests in the event of an emergency are fluent in the English language and are in positions where they have regular guest contact. To help passengers identify these crewmembers, they now wear bright green caps labeled "crew".


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