Cruise Jargon Explained.
It can seem like the cruise world has a language all of it’s own. Confused with Cruise Jargon? Muddled by Maritime mumbo jumbo then read on! We’ve got the most commonly used cruise terms listed with their meanings.
Cruise Term Meaning
Embarkation Getting onto the Cruise Ship
Disembarkation Getting of the Cruise Ship
Gangway The Stairs or Ramp used to allow Passengers On/Off the Ship
Dock The Berth Where your ship stops so you can go ashore
Berth The area in the dock where your ship ties up in port OR Your beds in your room
Alongside When your ship is docked beside a pier or another ship.
Tender A Smaller Boat to take you into port when your ship is too big to dock in port
Bow/Forward of the ship The Front End of the Ship
Aft/ Stern of the Ship The Back End of the Ship
Port Side The Left Side of the Ship when you’re looking towards the front of the ship
Starboard Side The Right Side of the Ship when you’re looking towards the front of the ship
Muster Drill The Mandatory Lifeboat Drill all passengers must attend before setting sail on first day.
Deck The Equivalent of the floors/levels in a hotel.
Stateroom Your Cabin/Room
Pullman Bed A Bunk Bed that pulls down from the ceiling to accommodate a 3rd/4th passenger
Cabin Attendant Your housekeeper. They clean & tend to your cabin
On Board Gratuities The Tips you pay onboard
Pursers’ Desk The Guest Services or Reception Desk
Atrium Usually the Central area or lobby of the ship