Finding Your Way Around
On land when navigating we use right and left or east, west, north or south. On a ship, it is best to use the following terms to find your way around without sounding like a landlubber! This blog will have you speaking "Cruise-ese" in no time!
Bow - The front of the ship.
Stern or Aft - The rear of the ship.
Port and Starboard- When you are looking forward toward the bow of the ship, port and starboard refer to the left and right side of the ship. Unlike left and right, port and starboard refer to fixed locations on a vessel and mariners use these nautical terms instead of left and right to avoid confusion.
Bridge - This is the control room of the ship.
Galley - This is the kitchen of the ship.
Lido Deck - This usually refers to the pool deck or a resort like area of the ship.
Gangway - The ramp or stairs that lead from the ship to the pier allowing passengers to get on and off the vessel.
Tender - A small boat that takes passengers from the ship to the shore when a vessel can't dock at a pier, or docking is not possible.
MDR - Main dining room
Munster Drill/Munster Station - This is a mandatory and important event where passengers assemble in a specific location to learn what to do in case of an emergency. A munster station is where passengers must go in case of an emergency.
Cabin/Stateroom - This is your sleeping quarters on the boat.
Porthole - Sometimes called a bull's eye window this refers to a circular window used on the hull of a ship to admit light and air, especially on lower decks.
Cabin Steward - This is the person that cleans your cabin and turns down your room at night. They can also be asked to bring extra towels, ice, or to take your laundry to be cleaned.
Purser- The official in charge of financial accounting, they handle billing and other customer service issues.
OBC - Onboard credit that is added to your onboard account as either a perk of booking or for compensation for an unforeseen event.
Now that you know cruise lingo, it is time to book a cruise with Tours of Distinction and set sail on a fabulous vacation.