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Another ship terminology lesson for speakers

Another lesson for cruise ship speakers on the terminology used on ships. Enjoy!

"Sat mates, what's your GMT?"

“Say mates, what’s your cargo?”

OPEN SEATING Free access to unoccupied tables in the ship’s restaurant, as opposed to specific table assignments. OCEAN VIEW STATEROOM An outside stateroom with a large porthole or window. OCEAN VIEW STATEROOM WITH VERANDA An outside stateroom with a veranda (balcony). PORT The left side of the ship when facing forward. PORT CHARGE An assessment which also includes port taxes, collected by the cruise line and paid to a local government authority. PORT-OF-CALL A port at which the ship anchors and guests are allowed to disembark and visit the area. PORT TAX A charge levied by a local government authority to be paid by the guest. In some air/sea packages, port taxes are included in the final price. ROLL A side-to-side movement of the ship. SAILING TIME The actual hour at which the ship is scheduled to depart the dock and set sail. SEA & STAY A package allowing guests to spend one, two or three nights exploring their departure or arrival port. SECOND SEATING The later of two meal times in the ship’s main restaurant. SHORE EXCURSION Off-the-ship tours at ports of call (an extra charge normally applies). STARBOARD The right side of the ship when facing forward. STATEROOM A guest’s room, cabin, or personal accommodation. STERN The back end of the ship. TENDER A small boat used to transport guests from the ship to the shore. Tenders are used when the harbor is not deep enough for the ship to dock. TRANSFERS Conveyances or transportation between the ship and other locations, such as airports, hotels, or departure points for shore excursions. UPGRADE A change in stateroom assignment to a higher category. WAKE The track left in the water at the stern created when the ship is underway or in motion. WINDWARD The side of an island or ship against which the wind is blowing.

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ByRick Deutsch

Luxury cruise ship terminology can be overwhelming | Learn the terms

When a cruise ship speaker lands his/her first assignment, the marine jargon can be quite confusing. Do you know the difference between port and starboard?  Port is left; starboard is right. Easy to remember? Yes: PORT has 4 letters – so does LEFT.

Speakers should learn nautical phrases

Speakers should learn nautical phrases

Here are some others you might run into:

AFT
The back of the ship.

ASHORE
On land; the opposite of aboard.

BEAM
Width of the ship at the widest point.

BEARING
Compass direction, usually expressed in degrees, from
the ship to a particular destination or objective.

BERTH
Dock, pier or quay (key); or, the bed or beds within
the guests’ staterooms.

BRIDGE
The room or platform onboard within which the Captain and ship’s
officers manage the navigation, route, maneuvering and overall seagoing
operation of the ship.

DEBARKATION/DISEMBARKING
Exiting or departing from the ship.

DECK
Each level (floor) of the ship.

DECK PLAN
An overhead diagram illustrating stateroom/suite and
public area locations.

DRAFT
Measurement in feet from waterline to lowest point of
ship’s keel.

EMBARKATION
Boarding the ship.

FATHOM
Measurement of distance equal to six feet.

FORWARD
Toward the fore or bow (front) of the ship.

GANGWAY
Ramp or stairway between the ship and the shore while
the ship is docked. 

 

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ByRick Deutsch

UK cruise departures from Southampton a boon to European Speakers

The massive Southampton docks hold several cruise ships

The massive Southampton docks hold several cruise ships

*** FREE webinar on Speaking on Cruise ships Thurs Dec 19 ***

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Our clients in the United Kingdom have good news heading their way. Southampton, is on the western side of England and is a major cruise ship port. Many of our clients prefer not to have to fly to the US to begin their trips. Speakers do have to be flexible as to where they will join the ship. But why not make it way easier without jet lag?

Some of the cruise lines with Southampton departures include Cunard, P&O and Fred. Olsen They all will be departing from Southampton. Speakers need to be alert for the timing of these departures. Unfortunately, most are around this Christmas. there will be 11 different routes form these lines. Durations will range from 10 to 25 days.

The lesson here is to get approved by an agency. THEN you can shop for the destinations and dates you want to go. If you have your four talks in the can, you will be more likely to snag one of these trips. Other lines use Southampton as the take-off point for their Mediterranean season re-positioning back to the Caribbean or other locales. They will be back in the spring to continue their programs.

We post openings as they are available. A word of advice – apply early as many of these popular trip are in demand. Competition among speakers is keen. Jump on it!

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