This refers to act of being on the ship or doing activities on board. It is the opposite of ashore.
Where guests sleep and rest can be a stateroom or a suite.
An extra charge on top of your cruise fare typically airfare, transfers or shore excursions.
The rear end of the ship.
On solid land and an antonym of ‘aboard’.
Towards the aft (back of the ship), or behind the ship
Measured in Kilograms (KG), this is the weight of luggage a passenger is allowed to bring with them as part of their standard fare. It normally covers the personal effects of guests.
At its widest point, the width of the ship. This is usually right through the middle.
This is the compass direction the ship is travelling and is expressed in degrees.
This is a dock, quay or a pier; it can also be the beds that are found in the guests’ staterooms.
The front of the ship.
The location where the captain and crew controls the ship-where navigation and steering occur
The structural wall in the interior of the ship
A marker or float used to identify navigational landmarks or channels
This is a stateroom or suite assigned to a guest where they have their personal amenities.
The person who services your cabin
To release the ship from the mooring
This is the price level of a cabin and is determined by its location on the ship, amenities and size.
The deepest part of a river or harbour
A stairway inside the ship that connects the deck levels
The ship’s route from one port to the next
Head of the ship’s entertainment staff, often MC’s on board activities.
The real cost of the cruise holiday without the extras such as Port Charges, Government Taxes, airfare, and gratuities.
This is a holiday that includes both land and sea tours. There is a cruise and a land journey before or after cruise.
CRUISETOUR TICKET/ GUEST CRUISE CONTRACT
This is a detailed explanation of terms of responsibility and/or accountability and is found on the travel ticket.
A steel structure that hoist lifeboats over the side of the ship
The process of leaving the ship.
The level or floor on the ship.
A map showing the locations of the staterooms and public areas.
This is part of the cruise fare that is paid at the moment of booking so as to get reservation of the stateroom.
The time a passenger is assigned to the main dining venue on the ship
The process of mooring the ship
The distance of the waterline from the ship’s keel lowest point. This distance is measured in feet.
The process of getting on board the cruise ship.
The rear overhang of a ship (shaped like a duck’s bill)
This is a measure of distance that is equal to six feet.
Paying of the total cruise fare and other necessary extras that had been agreed on, such as taxes, airfares etc before you are issued with travel documents.
The initial meal time in the ship’s main restaurant.
The number of ships owned by the same company.
The on board surf pool on Royal Caribbean ships
This is an all-inclusive package that covers the cost of the cruise, airfare and transfers to and from the port.
The direction of the ship’s front or bow.
Norwegian Cruise Line’s style of cruising, featuring casual dress and no set dinner times
Name for Carnival’s cruise ships
The ship’s smokestack
The kitchen on board a ship
The person appointed to a ship and entrusted with blessing the ship before her maiden voyage.
Also referred to as tips in some cases and refers to the money that a guest gives to show appreciation to the ship’s staff for their services.
GRT- Gross Registered Ton
This is a measure of a passenger’s enclosed space. It includes spaces in the staterooms, showrooms, lounges and even dining rooms. This does not normally apply to the open spaces like the decks or pool areas unless they are enclosed.
This is an assurance that the stateroom assigned is in the same rank as that paid for by a passenger. However, if it is not available, then the passenger will be assigned another stateroom of a higher rank.
GUEST SERVICES/ GUEST RELATIONS
These are the services offered to guests on board. It also includes the information centre where guests can get help in making request and arrangements.
This is the steering apparatus of the ship although it is commonly the steering wheel. It consists of the rudder, wheel and the cables or hydraulic systems that connect them.
This is the area outside of the ship shell from the deck all the way down to the keel.
This is a stateroom in the inner part of the ship that does not have a window, balcony or porthole.
The chief structure of the ship that extends lengthwise along the centre of the ship’s bottom-the ship’s backbone
This is a measure of the ship’s velocity. One knot is equal to one nautical mile per hour.
The distance north or south of the equator expressed in degrees
A unit of measurement equal to 3.45 nautical miles
The side of islands or ships that face away from the wind.
This is one bed that is raised at a standard height from the floor.
The ropes used to tie up the ship while it is at the dock
The distance east or west of the prime meridian expressed in degrees
The first voyage of a new ship
The first port-of-call on the ship’s maiden voyage
The person who is in charge of the ship; the captain
This is at the centre of the ship; it can also be referred to as the longitudinal middle area of the ship. Cabins mid-ship usually experience less motion.
The smallest, most affordable suite on a ship, often with just a curtain dividing the living and sleeping areas
To hold the ship in place with lines at a berth
The movement of the ship as it sails
A mandatory safety drill that you undergo on the first day of the trip or just before the ship sets sail.
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
These are areas of free access where guests can sit at any table in the ship’s restaurant. The opposite are the specific table assignments.
OCEAN VIEW STATEROOM
The stateroom on the outer areas and has a large window or a porthole.
OCEAN VIEW STATEROOM WITH VERANDA
This is an outer stateroom that has a veranda.
Located on the ship; carried or used on the vessel
A stateroom with a porthole, window, or balcony that overlooks the ocean-also referred to as an oceanview cabin
A hallway inside the ship
PASSENGER SPACE RATIO
The number of gross registered tons (grt) divided by the total passenger capacity
PASSENGER TO CREW RATIO
The total number of passengers divided by the total number of crew members
The forward and backward rise and fall of the ship as it moves
Refers to the left side of the ship as you face forward.
A round window on a ship
This includes port taxes that are collected by the cruise line and submitted to the local government authority.
This is a port where the ship anchors and guests can leave the ship.
These are charges paid by guests and imposed by the local government. Some cruise ships include the port taxes in the final price.
An open deck that encircles a ship, often used for walking or jogging
The officer onboard who serves as a financial or administrative manager for guest services
A cabin that will accommodate four passengers
REPOSITIONING CRUISE/REPO CRUISE
A one-way itinerary that brings a ship from one region to another at the change of cruise seasons
This is the movement of ship from one side to another.
This is the exact time when the ship is supposed to set sail.
The ship’s propeller
This is the last meal of the two served at the main restaurant in the ship.
An extra charge solo travellers pay to have just one person in a cabin
Ships built of the same design-sometimes referred to as ships owned and operated by the same cruise line
A retractable arm located below the waterline mid-ship, which can be extended to help reduce the ship’s roll in rougher sea conditions
These are tours that happen at the ports of call and these tours are normally charged extra.
This is the right part of the ship as you face forward.
This is the guest’s personal area for accommodation.
The rear end of the ship.
The largest class of stateroom; features separate living and sleeping areas
This is a small boat that transports passengers to the shore from the ship. These small boats are used in harbours that are not deep and where the ship cannot dock.
The transportation from the ship to areas such as airports, hotels or in the departure areas for excursions onshore.
A cabin that will accommodate three passengers
The act of sailing
The process of changing a stateroom that has been assigned, to a higher level.
This is almost the same as a bunk bed but it is folded into the wall.
This is used when a cruise line is trying to get accommodation and dining times for the guests who book first when the accommodation and dining times are restrictive.
This is track on the water left by a ship as it moves at the stern.
The side that is against the blowing wind on an island or a ship.
A three- to four-month-long cruise that sails around the world; guests can choose to cruise the entire time or just on select one-way segments