Having worked in the Travel Industry (more years than I wish to remember) you forget that we tend to speak in ‘jargon’. For 1st time cruisers or anyone for that matter it can get confusing. After all us travel agents presume you know what we are talking about! Not always the case.d I’ve put together a helpful list of Cruise jargon to make life easier when booking or for when you’re on board the ship and some stranger is advising you the spa is ‘aft’ on the ship and your still non the wiser.


AFT – The back of the Ship

BEAM – The width of the ship at its widest point

BOW – The very front part of the Ship

BRIDGE – Navigational control centre

CASHLESS SYSTEM – Your boarding pass is used to make on board purchases – no need for cash!

CATEGORY – The price level of a stateroom, based on location, size and amenities

DECK – Each level (floor) of the Ship

FATHOM – Distance of depth (1 fathom = 6 feet)

FORWARD – The front of the Ship

MIDSHIP – The middle of the Ship

MUSTER STATION – A specific location on the ship to meet, these are based on stateroom location

PORT – Left hand side of the ship (I remember this by LEFT has FOUR letters, as does PORT)

STABILSERS – Fins on the bottom of the ship, helps stop the side to side rolling and makes the sailing smoother

STARBOARD – The right side of the Ship

STERN – Very back of the Ship

SWELL – Motion of the Ocean

TENDER – If the Ship is too big to dock it will anchor at sea and a smaller boat is used to take you to shore


Far too many to list!

Happy Sailing



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