As the door is opened, Donita and Sandra are surprise to find a steward in the room. He smiles and introduces himself as Dom. He will be responsible for keeping their room clean, bringing towels, and turning down the bed covers each night. He turns on the television and explains:
Dom: Everyday there will be announcements through the television and on the loud speaker. You will also receive a daily paper of the events that will be planned while we are in port or at sea. Do you have any questions? Sandra: Yes, Dom. Where are you from? Dom: I’m from the Philippines. Donita: How many rooms do you have to clean? Dom: I take care of 11 rooms everyday. Donita: That seems like a big job! Dom: It is, but I have all day to do it. The biggest problem is getting into the rooms when I’m supposed to clean. Some people like to sleep late, others like to take an afternoon nap. Sandra: Your English is so good; how did you learn to speak it? Dom: Thank you, I studied a lot in school. We have to take a test in my country before we can get a position working on the ship. It’s a good job! (An announcement comes over the speaker telling passengers there will be a lifeboat drill in one hour.) Dom: Let me show you where your jackets are. (He goes to the closet). Don’t put them on until you are on deck. It is too crowded in the halls. Sandra: Where do we go for the drill? Dom: There will be another announcement telling you the place. I have to leave now, goodbye. Both: Goodbye. Thank you. Learning About The Ship The women listen to the instructions from the speaker, and then walk down the hall to the first door on the left, which leads to the deck. They are surprised to see so many children and adults passengers. Everyone is standing in small groups as the crew helps them put on the jackets. A staff member looks at Donita and Sandra and directs them to their group. Staff: You are in cabin 621, so you need to go there. (Points to group.) Donita: How did you know what cabin we are in? Staff: There is a code on each life jacket that tells your room number and the assigned life boat. (He blows a whistle.) May I have your attention, please. (Everyone quiets down.) The captain has requested that we have this drill for everyone’s safety. It is also required by maritime law. Does anyone still need help with their jacket? Passenger: Yes, I can’t figure out where all these straps go! (Two staff members go to help him.) Staff: I am going to demonstrate the correct way to put your life jacket on. If you are traveling with children, or someone who needs help, put their on first. (He demonstrates putting the jacket on with straps going between the legs.) Any questions so far? Sandra: What are these two “straws” on either side? Staff: Good question! Your jacket is equipped with inflation and light devices. When you pull the cords, your jacket will inflate. If you want to inflate it more, just blow into the straws. Donita: Is this jacket any different than the ones used in small boats? Staff: That’s a good question! Yes, this one is designed to turn people who are unconscious in the water from the face-down position to an upright and slightly backward position. The jacket helps the person stay in that position for a long time Sandra: What about the children’s jackets? Staff: They are the same except for the size. The adult size jacket is for people who weigh more than 90 lbs and the child size is for anyone weighing less than 90lbs. (Points to lifeboat). This is your assigned boat. The same number is on your life jacket. That’s the all clear signal. Now you can return the life jackets to your cabins. Everyone walks back to their rooms. An announcement comes on over the speakers. Captain: This is your Captain speaking. Welcome aboard everybody! Tonight will be casual dress for dinner. There will be a sail away party on the Lido deck in fifteen minutes. Be sure to bring your camera. We will be at sea until 8:00 tomorrow morning when we arrive at our first stop, Half Moon Cay, in the Bahamas. There will be Tenders leaving every 15 minutes to take passengers to shore. Further announcements will be given by the activity director.