With the spotlight on the Costa Consortia tragedy, many people are concerned about safety aboard ships. There are a few things passengers can and should do:
1. Attend The Emergency Drill. I've seen many passengers avoid these, which can be a major error. Go, pay attention and follow directions. You'll learn important evacuation and safety information that can save your life.
2. Alternate Route After you attend the drill find at least two alternate routes to get to your muster station. Your most direct route might be blocked and you need to know others ways to get to your station. An emergency is not the time for exploring.
3. Nothing is THAT Valuable. In the event of an emergency go directly to your station. Nothing in your cabin is more valuable than your life. Even a slight delay could bring misfortune.
4. Enlighten Yourself. Pack a small keyring flashlight or download a free flashlight app for your smartphone. Lighting and emergency lighting could fail and you'll find yourself in a pitch dark, strange environment.
5. Pay Attention and follow all crew orders in the event of an emergency. They are trained on what do to for most emergencies.
I'm certain others may make other suggestions. But these are the basic tips I shared with passengers at my Muster Stations.