12 Common Cruise Terms

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My husband and I are gearing up for our first cruise! We’re so excited. Now that we’re starting to plan, I want to learn as much about taking a cruise as I can. Even some of the cruise lingo. Here are 12 common cruise terms that you may or may not know.

12 Common Cruise Terms

1. Bow – This term refers to the very front of a ship.

2. Stern – This is the back of the boat or ship.

3. Aft – Here’s where it can get confusing. Aft means towards the back or towards the stern. So, the stern is the place (noun) and aft is a description or a direction.

4. Gangway – This is the bridge that passengers walk on to get onto the ship when they first arrive.

5. Bridge – The bridge is the name for the captain’s area. It’s the place where he and his crew take care of all the navigational aspects of the cruise ship.

6. Embark/Disembark – If you are on a cruise with several ports, you will be getting on and off the ship many times throughout the duration of your cruise. The proper terminology is to embark (get on) or to disembark (to get off).

7. Fluke –Fluke is the point of an anchor that catches the ground when the anchor is deployed, particularly the pointy tips on each arm.

8. Port – This means the left side of the ship as you face forward (towards the bow – see #1). It also can be a stop along the cruise.

9. Starboard – The opposite of port, this means the right side of the ship as you face forward.

10. Leeward – Leeward is the side of the ship that is facing away from the wind. It could be port or starboard.

11. Windward – Windward means the side of the ship where the wind is blowing.

12. Knots – This is referring to the speed at which your cruise ship is traveling.

Is knowing the lingo necessary? Nah but now I feel a little less like a cruise ship newbie. And if I get to sit by the captain at dinner, I’ll have some conversation starters. 😉

Are you a cruise newbie or a cruise expert?

Topic: Cruise Terms

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