Don't know your aft from your stern? Or your fathoms from your flowriders?
We have put together a handy glossary for you to learn the lingo and become a cruising expert.
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Onboard; the opposite of ashore. Used when referring to being or doing something on the ship.
A guest's stateroom or suite.
An additional charge to the cruise fare that usually refers to airfare, transfers, or land tours.
The back of the ship.
A package deal that includes the cruise price, airfare, and transfers to and from the ship.
A smaller onboard restaurant where guests can choose to eat, often for a small fee.
On land; the opposite of aboard.
The amount of baggage, generally consisting of a guest's personal effects, carried by the cruise line free of charge.
Width of the ship at the widest point.
Compass direction, usually expressed in degrees, from the ship to a particular destination or objective.
Dock, pier or quay (key); or, the bed or beds within the guests' staterooms.
The front part of the ship.
The structural wall in the interior of the ship
A guest's stateroom or suite.
The price level of a stateroom based on location, size, and amenities.
Head of the ship’s entertainment staff, often emcees events.
The actual cost of the cruise excluding all extras such as taxes, port charges, airfare, gratuities, etc.
A full land and sea vacation combining a cruise with a pre- or post-cruise land journey.
Exiting from the ship.
Each level (floor) of the ship.
An overhead diagram illustrating stateroom and public area locations.
A partial payment of the cruise fare required at the time of booking to secure the stateroom being reserved.
The time a passenger is assigned to a particular dining venue on the ship
To leave the ship and go ashore
A place to moor the ship
Measurement in feet from waterline to lowest point of ship's keel.
Boarding the ship.
Measurement of distance equal to six feet.
Payment of the full cruise fare plus any necessary or agreed extras, such as taxes, air add-on, prior to the issuance of related travel documents.
The earlier of the two meal times in the ship's main restaurant.
A number of ships under the same ownership
Onboard surf pool on Royal Caribbean Ships
Toward the fore or bow (front) of the ship.
Name for Carnival Cruise ships
The ships smoke stacks
Ramp or stairway between the ship and the shore while the ship is docked.
The guest's personal expression of thanks (tips) to the ship's service personnel for services received.
A measurement of enclosed passenger space, including the space in staterooms, lounges, showrooms, and dining rooms. This does not apply to open spaces such as decks and pool areas (unless, of course, they are enclosed).
The commitment that a stateroom in the same category as that purchased will be assigned. If one is not available, a stateroom in the next category of greater value will be assigned.
Detailed terms of responsibility and accountability found in the cruise ticket.
Onboard guest services and information centre that assists with guest requests and arrangements.
Commonly the ship's steering wheel, but more correctly the entire steering apparatus consisting of the wheel and rudder and their connecting cables or hydraulic systems.
The outside shell of the ship from the main deck down to the keel.
A stateroom that does not have a porthole, window, or balcony.
The measurement of the ship's speed. One knot is one nautical mile per hour.
A unit of measurement equal to 3.45 nautical miles.
The side of an island or ship that is sheltered from the wind.
A single bed placed at the conventional height from the floor.
The first voyage of a new ship.
The first port-of-call on the ship’s maiden voyage.
In or toward the middle of the ship; the longitudinal centre portion of the ship.
The smallest, most affordable suite on a ship, often with just a curtain dividing the living and sleeping areas
A meeting place onboard the ship that usually refers to the area where one would go to get into the lifeboats in case of an emergency
A unit of measurement equal to one-sixtieth of a degree of the earth's circumference; it's measured in the U.S. as 6,080.2 feet or internationally as 6,076.1 feet
complimentary spending money for onboard the ship.
Free access to unoccupied tables in the ship's restaurant, as opposed to specific table assignments.
An outside stateroom with a large porthole or window.
An outside stateroom with a veranda.
A stateroom with a porthole, window, or balcony that overlooks the ocean-also referred to as an Oceanview cabin
The left side of the ship when facing forward.
An assessment which also includes port taxes, collected by the cruise line and paid to a local government authority.
A port at which the ship anchors and guests are allowed to disembark.
A charge levied by local government authority to be paid by the guest. In some air/sea packages, port taxes are included in the final price.
A cabin that will accommodate four passengers.
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A one-way itinerary that brings a ship from one region to another at the change of the cruise seasons
The side-to-side movement of the ship.
The actual hour at which the ship is scheduled to clear the dock and sail.
The later of two meal times in the ship's main restaurant.
Off-the-ship tours at ports of call (an extra charge is usually applied).
The right side of the ship when facing forward.
A guest's room, stateroom, or personal accommodation.
The back end of the ship.
The largest class of stateroom; features separate living and sleeping areas
A small boat used to transport passengers from the ship to the shore. Tenders are used when the harbor is not deep enough for the ship to dock.
Conveyances between the ship and other modes, such as airports, hotels, or departure points for shore excursions.
A change in stateroom assignment to a higher category.
A bed similar to a bunk bed often folded or recessed into the wall.
A cruise line's endeavour to obtain accommodation and dining times for guest requests on a first-come, first-serve basis when current accommodations and dining times are not presently available.
The track left in the water at the stern created by a moving ship.
The side of an island or ship against which the wind is blowing.