Glossary of Cruising Terminology
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A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z
Add-On: A supplementary charge added to
your cruise fare. Typical add-ons are travel insurance, airline
flights to and from the cruise, pre- and/or post-cruise hotel packages,
and pre-or post-cruise land tours.
Aft: Near, toward, or at the rear (stern)
of the ship.
Ahoy: The traditional greeting onboard ships.
The term originated as a Viking battle cry!
Air/Sea: A comprehensive package that combines
both the cruise itself and air transportation to and from the cruise's
ports of embarkation and debarkation. Air/Sea programs are usually
add-ons available at extra cost.
Air City: The city chosen by you to serve
as the origination and termination point for your flights to and
from the cruise.
Air Transportation: The optional, extra-cost
air travel portion of your cruise booking.
"Anytime Dining": Princess Cruises' flexible,
evening dining program that allows passengers to select from a variety
of onboard restaurants during their cruise, as opposed to their
"Traditional Fixed Seating" program.
Atrium: An interior, often sky-lit, multi-deck,
open area of a ship. Typically, atriums are centrally located near
elevators, shops, restaurants, cafés, and guest services. Shipboard
atriums can extend anywhere from two to ten decks or more.
Atrium Cabin: Something new to the industry
(available only on the largest Royal Caribbean ships and Cunard's
QM2), atrium cabins offer passengers windows that face the ship's
interior, overlooking the central atrium or promenade.
Baggage Allowance: The amount of baggage,
generally consisting of the passenger's personal effects, permitted
by the cruise line free of charge. The allowance is very generous
(and if you reach it, you're packing way too much!) Of much more
concern to you should be the baggage allowance that applies to your
airline travel to and from the cruise.
Balcony Cabin: Any cabin accommodation with
a private, exterior balcony. The trend is towards more and more
balcony cabins on ships. Once a luxury, some ships (Coral Princess,
Crystal Serenity, for example) now feature balconies in over three-fourths
of their cabins.
Beam: The width of a ship at its widest
point. Ships in excess of 110 feet are too wide to transit the Panama
Berth: There are two definitions: the dock
or pier where you embark or debark from the ship; the bed in which
you sleep onboard the ship.
Below: The lower decks of a ship. Saying,
"Let's go below and walk aft down the companionway to the tender
station," will impress all your friends. (You'll probably be making
the walk alone, however!)
Bearing: The ship's compass direction, such
as a "northwest bearing."
"BL" Category: On Carnival Cruise Lines,
BL is a "Balcony Guarantee" cabin. When you book this category you
will be guaranteed accommodation in a balcony cabin.
Booking: A request by a travel or cruise
agent to a cruise line's reservations department to reserve a cabin.
Bow: The front part of a ship. The opposite
of the bow is the stern.
Bridge: The navigation and command center
of the vessel. If your cruise offers a tour of the bridge, take
Bulkhead: Basically, a wall. A bulkhead
is an upright partition dividing the ship into compartments or cabins.
Bulwarks: The protective structure, lip, or railing that surrounds
open, exposed deck areas of a ship. Scuppers (openings) are provided in
bulwarks to allow for drainage of seawater or accumulated deck water.
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Cabin: Your room. Call it a cabin, a stateroom,
a suite, an accommodation, whatever - it's your personal space onboard.
Captain: (See "Officers")
Captain's Cocktail Party: Usually, the second
night into a cruise, the Captain will "host" a shipboard cocktail
party. All guests are invited (there may be several of these parties,
each lasting approximately one hour) and cocktails are usually complimentary.
The Captain's Dinner typically follows (see below).
Captain's Dinner: Usually, the second night
into a cruise, the Captain will "host" dinner in the ship's main
dining room(s). The ship's galley generally pulls out all stops
to deliver their finest cuisine.
Captain's Farewell Cocktail Party: On longer
cruises (5-nights or more) there is often a farewell cocktail party
hosted by the Cruise Director on behalf of the Captain. Cocktails
are usually complimentary and all passengers are invited to attend.
Captain's Farewell Dinner: The Captain isn't
going anywhere - you are - home! So, the second- to-the-last night
of longer cruises (5 nights or more) is often devoted to the best
food the ship can offer, knowing that your last impressions are
what you often leave with.
Category: A price gradient of cabins, usually
presented from the most expensive to the least expensive. Cabins
in the same category are usually on the same deck and general location,
and provide similar features and amenities. Individual cabin layouts
and furnishings may differ slightly, however. Categories can get
complicated - The Golden Princess, for example, offers no less than
Class: Cruises today offer one class of
travel providing all passengers equal access to just about all shipboard
areas and activities. There are, however, some cruise ships that
provide concierge service, private lounges, or specific dining venues
available to those passengers who choose more expensive accommodations.
Companionway: An interior stairway. Watch
your step! Entrances into shipboard companionways often begin with
a step up, before you make your way down.
Crossing the Line: When a ship crosses the
equator for the first time during a cruise, there's often a special
"initiation" ceremony that takes place among the passengers and
crew. Curious? Take an exotic cruise and find out!
Cruise Card: The small, credit card-size
personal I.D. document, generally given to each adult cruise passenger
for their use in charging shipboard purchases, entering their cabin,
and embarking and debarking the ship.
Cruise Director: The Cruise Director is
in charge of all onboard entertainment and social events. Aided
by the Assistant Cruise Director, the Cruise Director is the most
visible member of the staff member.
Cruise Fare: The actual cost of the cruise
excluding port charges and government taxes, and excluding insurance
or other optional hotel or land packages.
Cruise Rate: With 7 Blue Seas, your Cruise
Rate is the cost of your Cruise Fare plus port charges, but exclusive
of government taxes, insurance and other optional extras.
Davit: A shipboard device used in lowering
and raising the ship's lifeboats or tenders. Stroll out onto your
ship's promenade and introduce yourself to the davits.
Debark/debarkation: To exit, or the process
of exiting the ship. The term "disembark" is also used.
Deck: On a ship, the different floors are
called "decks." Passenger decks are either named or numbered (or
both). For example, a deck may be referred to as "Sun Deck 11."
For various reasons, cruise lines seem to have a love affair with
certain deck names such as, "Lido," "Promenade," "Sun," "Sports,"
Deck Plan: An overhead diagram illustrating
cabin and public room locations in relation to each other. Crew
and staff areas are off-limits to passengers and are not diagramed
on ship deck plans.
Deposit: A partial payment of the cruise
fare required at the time of your booking to secure the cabin being
reserved. Deposits vary by cruise line and by length or cost of
Double Occupancy: The "per person" cabin
rate applicable to a cabin capable of accommodating at least two
Draft: The measurement in feet from the
waterline to the lowest point of a ship's keel. Typically, a cruise
ship has a draft of about 25 feet.
Dress Code: Even the most casual of cruise
lines supports an onboard dress code. Although the overall trend
is drifting towards a slightly more relaxed, casual dress code (tuxedos
and sequined evening gowns are no longer required) don't expect
to enter the main dining room at night in a tank top, cut-offs,
and flip flops. See our FAQ pages and articles under "First Time
Cruisers" for additional dress code information.
Dry Dock: A sealed docking facility from
which water is pumped enabling maintenance and repairs to be performed
on a ship's hull and keel. Don't worry - you'll never be onboard
when a ship is in dry dock!
Duty-Free Port: A port free of customs duty
and most customs regulations. But "duty-free" doesn't always mean
a bargain. There may be national or local taxes that apply instead.
Elbowroom Factor (as defined by 7 Blue Seas): The
relative spaciousness of a ship. We've taken the ratios of ship
tonnage and passenger count (often referred to as "Space Ratios"),
and translated them into the terms Snug (space ratio less than 30),
Cozy (space ratio of 30-35), Roomy (space ratio 36-45) and Spacious
(space ratio above 45).
Embark/embarkation: To enter, or the process
of entering or boarding the ship.
Family Stateroom: Specific accommodations
vary, but family staterooms usually provide for 4-6 passengers in
lower bed configurations (i.e. no bunk beds). These accommodations
often feature convertible sofas, separate sleeping areas, and extra
sinks, bathrooms, and/or closet space.
Fantail: The rear overhang of a ship.
Fare Market Value (FMV): The Fare Market Value, or “FMV,”
represents 7 Blue Seas’ estimated, fair market price (including
port charges) for a specific cruise departure. This dollar amount
is derived by analyzing the price history and seasonality patterns
of this and other competitive cruise ships sailing similar itineraries.
Fore: The front (or bow) of the ship.
Forward: Toward the fore (or bow) of the
Final Payment: The last payment of the full
cruise fare plus any necessary or agreed extras, such as taxes,
air add-on. Final Payment must be received before your cruise tickets
and correlated travel documents are issued and sent to you.
First Sitting: The earlier of two meal times
in the ship's dining room - often called "main seating."
Food & Beverage Manager: He or she is responsible
for the management of all shipboard restaurants, bars, and galleys;
overall cleanliness of all food preparation and service areas; and
food purchase and budgeting. The ship's Maitre d' reports directly
to the F&B Manager.
Frequent Cruiser Program: All major cruise lines have them
- membership clubs for their frequent cruisers. In most cases, eligibility
begins with your second cruise with the same cruise line. Advantages
may include membership pins, cruise discounts, specially-selected
cruises, onboard amenities, private cocktail parties, early notification
of new itineraries and newsletters or e-mails.
"Free-Style Cruising": Norwegian Cruise
Lines' term used to describe their onboard program whereby passengers
have the freedom to choose where and when they dine, and a wider
variety of entertainment and activity options.
Funnel: The ship's smokestack. Some funnels
have a "winged" upper portion to help send any exhaust particulates
away from passenger decks. The ships of Carnival Cruise Lines feature
this distinctive funnel feature.
Gangway: The ramp by which passengers embark
or debark a ship.
Galley: The ship's kitchen. A mega-ship's
galley may serve over 6,000 passenger meals each day. If you have
a chance to tour your ship's galley, go for it - you'll be amazed
by its cleanliness and organization.
Gentleman Host: A cruise-sponsored program
whereby well-traveled, mature gentlemen (usually retired bankers,
businessmen, etc.) are employed shipboard to serve as dance partners,
conversationalists, and shore excursion escorts for single women.
Gratuities: Basically - tips extended to
cabin attendants and dining service personnel. Dining gratuities
are often automatically added to passenger accounts, particularly
on those cruise lines that feature flexible dining hours and dining
GRT: Gross registered tonnage, i.e., a measurement
of 100 cubic feet of enclosed revenue earning space within a ship.
Guarantee: Pay attention here - A "guarantee"
is the cruise line's promise that the passenger will sail on a stated
voyage in a specified price category or type of cabin, at an agreed
rate no higher than would ordinarily apply for that voyage. Due
to space and yield management requirements, a cruise line may "upgrade"
guarantee passengers to a higher level of service. Passengers who
choose a guarantee arrangement, however, are unable to choose a
particular cabin. Some of the various Guarantee Categories (they
vary by cruise line) are noted alphabetically in this Glossary.
Guarantee Share Fare: Acceptance of some
lines of a single booking at the standard double occupancy rate,
with the understanding that the client is willing to share use of
the cabin with a stranger of the same sex and smoking preference.
Guest Lecturer: An individual, not usually
on permanent employment with the cruise line, who speaks on a particular
hobby, skill, or activity that he or she is considered expert. Typically,
guest lecturers offer lectures and seminars on history, sports,
entertainment, books, etc.
Harbor Pilot: See "Pilot."
Head Waiter: Supervises all waitstaff in
his or her section to monitor service and efficiency. Traditionally,
the Head Waiter personally prepares or serves specialty items.
Homeport: A port of embarkation/debarkation
within the continental United States. The current trend is towards
the increased use of Homeports in ship itineraries. See our Homeport
page for more information.
Hotel Manager: Most cruise ships employ
a Hotel Manager to oversee the entire hotel operation (Food & Beverage,
Entertainment, Housekeeping, etc.).
Hot Weekly Deals: Every week, the staff
at 7 Blue Seas scrutinizes the latest cruise offers and presents
onsite the best of the best on the Hot Weekly Deals page.
Inaugural Sailing: The first "official"
sailing of a ship with passengers, usually directly following the
ship's "Naming Ceremony." However, since Inaugurals are primarily
publicity events, it's not uncommon for cruise lines to schedule
two or more "inaugural" cruises.
Inside Cabin: A cabin having no exterior-facing
(sea-view) windows or portholes. (See "Atrium Cabins" for a new
wrinkle in inside cabin definitions.)
Inside Passage: The sheltered channels of
British Columbia and southeastern Alaska protected from the Pacific
Ocean by forested islands.
"IS Category: On Carnival Cruise Lines,
IS is an "Inside Guarantee" cabin. When you book this category you
will be guaranteed accommodation in an inside cabin.
Itinerary: A ship's schedule of port stops
and days at sea. Most cruise itineraries vary from 3 to 12 days.
The 7-day itinerary remains the industry standard though the trend
is towards shorter cruises. Seven-day cruises generally include
3-5 port stops and 2-4 days cruising at sea.
Jacobs Ladder: A rope ladder lowered from
the deck of a ship while at sea, to facilitate the boarding of crew
or emergency staff.
Keel: The centerline of a ship running from
fore to aft. Think of it as the spine, or backbone of a ship.
Knot: A unit of speed reflecting one nautical
mile per hour, or 1.15 land miles per hour. (A nautical mile is
6,080.2 feet; a land mile is 5,280 feet, hence the speed differential.)
Most cruise ships move along at about 18 to 23 knots. The current
trend is towards faster ships.
Large Ship (as defined by 7Blue Seas): A
ship of a GRT (gross registered tonnage) between 65,000 and 100,000
tons. Carnival Legend, Celebrity Constellation, Crystal Serenity,
Disney Magic, Holland America's Zuiderdam, Norwegian Dawn, Coral
Princess, and Royal Caribbean's Brilliance of the Seas are examples.
Lifeboat: Small boat carried on the vessel
and used in case of emergency. By law, the total capacities of all
lifeboats far exceed the total number of passengers and crew members
Lift: An elevator. Either term - lift or
elevator - is acceptable and widely understood by ship staff.
Lower Bed: A single bed placed at the conventional
height from the floor.
Leeward: The side of the ship sheltered
from the wind. (Opposite: Windward)
M.S.: Abbreviation for "Motor Ship."
Maiden Voyage: The first sailing of a ship
following sea trials. Maiden voyages are not necessarily Inaugural
Sailings. A cruise line ship may schedule a Maiden Voyage prior
to the official Inaugural Sailing.
Main Seating: The earlier of two meal times
in the ship's dining room. Often also called "first seating."
Maitre d' (Restaurant Manager): The Maitre
d' is responsible for the day-to-day operation of the restaurants,
including the quality of food preparation, presentation, and service;
and guest seating.
Midship: In or toward the middle of the
ship; the longitudinal center portion of the ship. Midship cabins
tend to be pricier because they generally experience less motion
during rough seas.
Mini-Suite: Typically, a large passenger
cabin that offers separate sleeping and sitting areas.
Murphy bed: A bed that folds or swings into a closet or
cabinet when not in use. Where offered in cruise accommodations,
a Murphy bed is typically used for the third or fourth occupants
of the stateroom.
Muster: To assemble passengers and/or crew,
usually to their assembly areas in the event of an emergency at
Muster Drill: A safety demonstration conducted
by members of the ship's staff that instructs passengers on the
route to and location of their muster station, use of their life
preservers, and other important safety information. The muster drill
is usually conducted before or shortly after the cruise departure.
Muster Station: The location where groups
of passengers are asked to report in the event of an emergency at
sea (or, as during a Muster Drill). Usually, muster stations are
either interior public rooms or open deck or promenade spaces familiar
to passengers. Every passenger is assigned a muster station. The
location and fastest route to that location is posted within every
Nautical Mile: A distance equal to 6,082.2
feet. A land mile is 5,280 feet.
Officers: The Deck Officers, in order of
command, are - Captain, Staff Captain, Chief Officer, First Officer(s).
The Captain is first in command of the ship. As second in command,
the Staff Captain is fully capable of assuming command of the ship,
if necessary. The Chief Officer's primary responsibilities include
overseeing maintenance and supplies for the ship. The First Officers'
main responsibilities are to maintain around-the-clock staffing
of the bridge, even while the ship is in port.
Open Seating (or Open Sitting): Access at
any time to unoccupied tables in the ship's dining room, as opposed
to specific table assignments.
"OS" Category: On Carnival Cruise Lines,
OS is an "Outside Guarantee" cabin. When you book this category
you will be guaranteed accommodation in an outside cabin.
Outside Cabin: A cabin having window(s)
or porthole(s) offering an exterior view.
Panama Canal Cruise: A cruise that transits
or visits the Panama Canal. Don't assume that all "Panama Canal"
cruises transit or even enter the canal. An increasingly popular
cruise is one that goes to the Panama Canal but not into or through
it. Sound like a tease? Not really. Passengers can debark and take
tours to view the operation of the canal, even transit the canal
aboard other, smaller vessels.
Panamax: The Panama Canal permits ships
no wider than approximately 110 feet - any wider and the ship just
won't fit. Ships that squeak under that maximum are often
referred to as "Panamax" ships. For a list of Panama Canal cruises
Passage Contract: Detailed terms of responsibility
and accountability found in the cruise ticket.
Patch (or "The Patch"): A transdermal medication
that is applied to the skin via an adhesive patch to prevent or
reduce the onset of seasickness.
Per Diem: The per person, per day cost of
a cruise. There's a huge variation among (and even within) cruise
lines but high range per diems for the highly competitive 7-night
Caribbean cruise market typically starts at $200 or above; mid range
hover around $150; low range per diems are $100 or less.
"Personal Choice Dining": Princess Cruise
Lines' term used to describe their onboard dining program whereby
passengers have the freedom to choose where and when they dine.
Photo Gallery: A gallery where photographs
of passengers taken by the ship's onboard photographers are displayed.
Photographs are available for purchase, reprinting, enlarging, or
custom framing (or burning…but only after you pay for them!)
Pilot: A person licensed to conduct a ship
into and out of a port. Pilots (or "Harbor Pilots), familiar with
the harbor's traffic, tides, currents, and channels, generally are
employed to conduct ships to and from their pier or anchorage. Pilots
are not members of the ship's company, but board the ship prior
to arrival at port. On departure, once the ship has been conducted
to open water, the pilot debarks the ship.
Pitch: The rise and fall of the ship's bow
while at sea. (See "Patch!")
Port: The left side of the ship when facing
forward (and also, of course, a harbor or Port-of-call).
Porthole: Circular "window" in the side
of the ship's hull or superstructure. Most cruise cabins today feature
picture windows, full-length glass windows, French balconies, or
Port Charges: A charge levied of cruise
lines by local government authorities. This charge is passed on
to the cruise passenger. To present a fairer representation of cruise
costs, 7 Blue Seas includes Port Charges in all quoted cruise prices,
unless otherwise noted.
Port-of-Call: A country, island or territory,
or population center a cruise ship visits.
Portside: The left, or port side of the
Private Island: An island or beach property
leased or owned by a cruise line for the specific use of its cruise
passengers. Private islands typically offer an array of beach and
Promenade: Usually the open walkway - almost
always covered in teak decking - that runs almost the entire length
of each side of the cruise ship. Some promenade decks encircle the
ship. The promenade is often where you'll see lifeboats, davits,
deck chairs, joggers, and strollers.
Purser: The central administrative officer
on board for passengers as well as crew members.
Quarters: Officer, crew and staff accommodations
onboard a ship. Also, the coins that go into (but seldom come out
of) shipboard casino slot machines.
"R1" Category: On Norwegian Cruise Lines,
R1 is an "Inside Guarantee" cabin. When you book this category you
will be guaranteed accommodation in an inside cabin.
"R2" Category: Category: On Norwegian Cruise
Lines, R2 is an "Outside Guarantee" cabin. When you book this category
you will be guaranteed accommodation in an outside cabin.
Registry: The country in which a vessel
is registered. For tax purposes and some regulatory reasons, most
cruise ships are registered in foreign countries. The Bahamas, Liberia,
and Panama are favorites. Incidentally, if you are wed at sea, your
wedding is registered in the nation of your ship's registry.
Repositioning: Typically, when a vessel
moves from one seasonal cruise area to another i.e. from Alaska
in the summer to the Caribbean in the winter. The movement (or segments
of the movement) from, say, Vancouver to Ft. Lauderdale may be termed
a "repositioning cruise."
Roll: Sway of the ship from side to side
while at sea. (See "Patch!")
S.S.: Abbreviation for "Steam Ship."
Sailing Time: The actual hour at which the
ship is scheduled to clear the dock and sail.
Scupper: An opening in the bulwarks of a
ship that allow accumulated deck water to flow freely overboard.
Crew members regularly hose down open deck areas of the ship (to
remove salt water residues or the remains of someone's spilled cola.
Seasickness: An archaic term that once referred
to motion sickness at sea before there were pills, patches, pressure
bracelets, stabilizers, and cruise line marketing geniuses!
Second Sitting: The later of two meal times
in the ship's dining room. Often referred to as "late seating."
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cruise line, cruise ship, cruise port, and cruise booking information.
Shipboard Account: A day-by-day, itemized
account of a passenger's onboard purchase activity. Alcoholic beverages,
shore excursions, gift shop purchases, and Internet charges, are
all examples of items that are typically added to your shipboard
account. Most such accounts are automatically billed to your credit
ShipShopper Index™: 7 Blue Seas objective,
worth-based cruise ship rating system. An advance of the highly
subjective "star" ranking system, ShipShopper™
allows cruise vacation planners to easily compare ships sailing
the same or similar itineraries during the same time of the year
just by consulting the ShipShopper Index™.
Shore Excursions: Shoreside tours operated
by independent tour companies specifically for cruise passengers.
An extra charge is usually applied to your shipboard account.
Shore Excursion Manager: His or her primary
responsibilities are the promotion, arrangement, and supervision
of all shore excursion programs arranged on behalf of the cruise
line by the independent organizations that provide the various tours.
Single Occupancy: The occupancy by one person
of a cabin that is designed to accommodate two or more passengers.
A premium (Single Supplement - see below) is ordinarily charged.
Single Supplement: The additional cost (usually
from 150% to 200% above the normal double occupancy cost) applied
to a double cabin occupied by one passenger.
Size Category (as defined by 7 Blue Seas): Ship
sizes range from Small (less than 40,000 tons), Medium (45,000 -
65,000 tons), Large (65,000 - 100,000 tons) and Very Large (over
Small Ship (as defined by 7Blue Seas): A
ship with a GRT (gross registered tonnage) of less than 40,000 tons.
Holland America's Prinsendam, and the Tahitian Princess are examples
of this category.
Social Host/Hostess: A member of the ship's
staff who assists in the various planned activities and functions
onboard. Social Hosts/Hostesses, along with the Cruise Director
and Assistant Cruise Director, are the most "visible" members of
the ship's staff.
SOLAS: An acronym for Safety Of Life At
Sea. An international convention convened whereby the design, construction
methods and materials, life safety equipment, fire protection, and
safety training of all cruise ships and staff were implemented.
The result? SOLAS. All major cruise lines abide by all SOLAS requirements.
Space Ratio: A measurement of cubic space
per passenger. The Gross Registered Tonnage divided by the number
of passengers (rounded to the nearest whole number) equals the space
ratio. Don't confuse cabin size with space ratio. You may have a
spacious cabin (170 square feet or more) but your ship may have
a low space ratio. 7 Blue Seas has correlated Space Ratios to fit
4 relative categories or snug, cozy, roomy, and spacious. See "Elbowroom
"ST" Category: On Carnival Cruise Lines,
ST is a "Suite Guarantee" cabin. When you book this category you
will be guaranteed accommodation in a suite.
Stabilizers: Wing-like retractable devices
extending form the sides of the vessel to reduce roll and produce
a more stable ride.
Stateroom: Passenger cabin - also referred
to as an accommodation.
Starboard: The right side of the ship when
Stem: The extreme bow or prow of the ship.
Stern: The rearmost part of a ship. Combined
with stem, we have the term, "from stem to stern."
Suite: Traditionally, a spacious accommodation
that includes separate living and sleeping rooms.
Tender (or Launch): A smaller vessel used
to move passengers to and from the ship and shore when the ship
is at anchor. Some cruise ports, due either to limited docking facilities
or harbor depths, require ships to anchor offshore, necessitating
the use of tenders to transport passengers ashore. Passengers with
certain disabilities may be restricted in their use of tenders.
Theme Cruise: Any cruise that offers or
suggests a specific onboard "theme" such as sports or 70's disco
music. Other themes include history, cooking, arts & crafts, or
even lunar eclipses or comet watching.
Thalassotherapy: The use of water jets and
marine products (seawater, seaweed, sea mud, and sand), that when
applied to the skin, help remove toxins and increase circulation.
A number of cruise ships now feature these therapies.
"Total Choice Dining": Carnival Cruise Lines'
term that describes their onboard dining program whereby passengers
are offered multiple dining times rather than the traditional "first
and second seating."
"Traditional Fixed Seating": Princess Cruises'
evening dining program that offers passengers the ability to dine
at the same time, with the same dining partners and same wait staff,
as opposed to their "Anytime Dining" program.
Transatlantic: A cruise that crosses the
Atlantic Ocean. However, ships are no longer in a race to cross
the ocean. Even Cunard's QM2 takes a leisurely six days to cross
the "pond" non-stop. Today, stops in Europe, the Azores or the Canary
Islands, and the Caribbean are often scheduled into transatlantic
Travel Documents: Those paper documents
required in cruise travel. Passage tickets, passports, visas, air
travel tickets or confirmations, etc. are examples of travel documents.
Twenty-four hour clock: Shipboard passenger
clocks look just like your clocks at home. Still, you may hear crew
members using the 24-hour standard. Conversion is quite easy (yea
- right!) From 1 a.m. through 12 Noon the system is basically the
same: 0700 is 7 am and 1030 is 10:30 am, for instance. For afternoon
and evening hours just subtract by 12: 1700 becomes 5 pm, 2200 is
Underway: A ship in motion. Once your ship
has left the pier or its anchorage, the ship is considered "underway."
Very Large Ship (as defined by 7Blue Seas): A
ship in excess of 100,000 gross registered tons (GRT). Very large
ships include the Carnival Conquest, the Golden Princess, and Royal
Caribbean's Navigator of the Seas.
Windward: Facing into or the direction from
which the wind is coming. (Opposite: Leeward)
"X" Category: On Royal Caribbean and Celebrity
Cruise Lines, X is a "Balcony Guarantee" cabin. When you book this
category you will be guaranteed accommodation in a balcony cabin.
"Y" Category: On Royal Caribbean and Celebrity
Cruise Lines, Y is an "Outside Guarantee" cabin. When you book this
category you will be guaranteed accommodation in an outside cabin.
"Z" Category: On Royal Caribbean and Celebrity
Cruise Lines, Z is an "Inside Guarantee" cabin. When you book this
category you will be guaranteed accommodation in an inside cabin.
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