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Posted on: Fri, 24th Jan 2014

When planning a cruise holiday, you may come across a range of words and terms which you don't understand. Here is a comprehensive jargon buster to get you up to date the next time you board a cruise ship:

Aboard

If you are aboard, you are on the ship. If you are ashore, you are on land.

Addon

The option to add things to your cruise, usually at a charge.

Aft

An area towards the rear of the ship.

Alternative Dining

The option to eat at a different restaurant other than the one found in the main dining room. Charges may apply.

Berth

Berth can be the cabin beds or the space where the ship docks when stationary.

Boarding pass

The pass you need to gain entry to the ship. It is used as a form of identification. Make sure you don't lose your boarding pass.

Bow

The area at the front of the ship.

Bridge

The cockpit of the ship where the captain navigates.

Bunkers/bunkering

The bunker is the fuel tank and storage area. Bunkering is the process of fuelling the ship.

Cabin

The accommodation on the ship. The room you will be sleeping in.

Cashless system

No need to pay in cash. Boarding cards can be used to make purchases on cruise ships to make things easier for passengers.

Course

The direction the ship is heading.

Davit

A device used to lower the lifeboats on the ship.

Deck

The floors of the ship.

Dock

To dock means to bring the ship to a stop at a landing pier.

Galley

The kitchen of the ship.

Gangway

The narrow path used to board the ship.

Gross Registered Ton

The measurements of ships referring to how big and heavy it is.

Hull

The structure and outer shell of the ship.

Knot

The unit of speed for how fast the ship is travelling.

Muster station

The assembly point in the case of an emergency.

Port side

The lefthand side of the ship when facing forward.

Port of call

The destinations the ship calls at to allow passengers to disembark.

Roll

The sway of the ship.

Starboard

The right hand side of the ship when facing the bow.

Stern

The area at the back of the ship.

What do you think of this blog? Have you come across any other words you weren't sure of when searching for cruise holidays? If so, please leave your comments below.

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