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First-time cruise passengers may feel a little confused at some of the words and phrases they hear aboard their first cruise ship. Sometimes it can sound like a whole new language, and sometimes the lack of translation can mean they miss out on things.

As one of our passengers aboard Prow’s Edge, Kirstin Carter from England, shares in our passengers tips section:

“On my last cruise, when the Captain announced a whale sighting on the port side, several folks looked baffled and then dashed off in the wrong direction. They missed the whales.”

Of course, had they known that “port” meant the left side of the ship, they may well have made the sightings in time.

For those not familiar with the nautical terms and don’t wish to make any gaffs on their first day on board the cruise ship, here are just a few to begin with.

Remember of course, that the tub you’re sailing in is NEVER referred to as a boat, (nor a tub, of course) but a ship. And remember also that the ship is always she, and NEVER he, and NEVER, NEVER it.

refers to the rear or the back of the ship

just to confuse you, this could refer to your bed on a boat, or the location in a port where a ship can be moored

the front of the ship

the place where the captain and his officers steer the ship

ship’s jail

the depth of water (from the waterline to the bottom of the ship) needed to float a ship

a measure of six feet - usually of water depth

towards the front of the ship

the side of the ship away from the wind;

the middle of the ship

refers to the left side of the ship.

purser's desk
the cruise ship equivalent of the land lubbers Front Desk or Information Desk

refers to the right side of the ship.

a cruise ship name for a cabin or room in which you sleep

the rear of the ship

a vessel that transports passengers between the ship and shore when the ship is at anchor in a port.

And last but not least - important measurement terms are:

1 nautical mile = about 6078 feet/1.15 statute miles
1 league = 3 nautical miles
1 knot (a measurement of speed) = 1 nautical mile/hour

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