Cruise Ship terminology is a totally different language when you get on a cruise ship. There are different terms to describe things and places around the ship. It’s such a fun thing to know and when you study and use the terminology on a cruise ship, its pretty awesome. Get on a cruise ship and learn to talk the talk. So, here are some fun and important terminology to know when you are on a cruise:
Aft: The back part of the cruise ship
All Hands: All crew members
Amidships: The middle section of the ship
Atrium: a part of the ship where you can see multiple decks
Beam: Widest part of the ship which is the central part
Bow: The Front of the ship
Bow Thrusters: the propeller’s in front of the ship to help it move.
Bridge: A place where the captain and it’s officers control the ship.
Buoy: markers at sea that direct ships to enter ports and indicates where ships must navigate.
Cabin/Stateroom: A room for passengers aboard the ship
Cabin Steward: Someone who cleans and upkeeps your room
Cast off: To release the ship from her mooring
Cruise Director: A person who is in charge of all entertainment and announcement.
Debark: Going ashore at ports
Disembark: the leave the ship
Deck: describes each floor on a ship
Dock: When cruise ships come to port and get tied up.
Embark: to go onboard the ship.
First Seating: described as early dinner time
Fleet: the number of ships in the cruise lines
Forward: same as bow, but front portion of a ship
Funnel: The ship’s smokestack
Galley: It means the Kitchen on the ship
Gangway: A ramp that is used to get passengers on and off the ship safely and easily on the concrete dock.
Head: the bathroom
Inside Cabin: a room that does not have windows, porthole or balcony
Keel: The heavy steel beam at the bottom of the ship upon which the ship is built, and which helps to keep it upright.
Knot: A measurement of a ships speed. A Nautical mile per hour is equal to one knot.
Maiden Voyage: A first inaugural ship sailing.
Master/Captain: the leader of the ship
MDR: Main Dining Room
Moor: To hold the ship in place with lines at a berth
Muster Drill: An exercise that is conducted on the ship that is mandatory for all passengers and crew. A safety drill regarding instructions for life jackets, life boats and directing you to your station. In case of emergency at Sea.
OBC: Onboard Credit. a credit added to your onboard account, either as a perk of booking or as compensation for an unforeseen event.
Pitch: The forward and backward movement of the ship as it moves
Porthole: A round window in a cabin
Portside: The left side of the ship – when facing forward.
Purser: Also known as lobby reception desk
Shore excursion: a guided tour organized by the cruise line.
Sister Ships: Ships built of the same design-sometimes referred to as ships owned and operated by the same cruise line
Starboard: the right side of the ship
Stern: A the back or rear portion of the ship. Same as Aft
Tender: When cruise ships are anchored in the water and not at the dock, and where little boats transport passengers and crew to the shore. This is done because the water is not deep enough by the shore.
Veranda: a private balcony attached to the cabin
Windward: The side of the ship exposed to the wind.
Lido: Lido deck is located toward the back of the ship where you can see the propellers moving or at the sides of ship.