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Cruise Ship Terminology Explained

Written By:
Ian Warren
May 30, 2019

I have been on more than 50 ocean and river cruises and visited numerous other ships in port. However, for anyone who has never cruised before, there are words or phrases you will come across, which you don’t necessarily understand. Just to be even more confusing, you will find that various cruise lines sometimes use different terms for the same thing. I tend to be more traditional, old fashioned even, in the terminology I use, probably because I worked at sea for a while in 1972/3. Hopefully this makes it easier for passengers (or guests as they are sometimes called) to understand. I have listed some of these terms below, with a straight-forward explanation of the meaning, but if you have any questions you can ask GoCruise with Ian on 01455821770 or 08002922850. You can also take a look at the cruise ship videos I have produced, or read the cruise ship reviews I have written.

Cabins & Suites

These are often referred to as staterooms or even rooms. Within your cabin the beds may also be referred to as berths. Cabins and Suites are then split into several categories: –

Locations on the Ship

Dining Option

Different cruise lines offer different options, and generally the larger the ship the more options there are to choose from.

Other Terminology

I hope that you have found this article interesting, but if you have any further questions, please don’t hesitate to contact me.

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