Luxury cruise ship terminology can be overwhelming | Learn the terms

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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