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Port, Starboard and other Nautical Terms
AFT: Near, toward, or in the rear (stern) of the ship.
AMIDSHIPS: Toward the middle of the ship.
ASTERN: Beyond the ship's stern.
BATTEN DOWN: Secure all open hatches or equipment for sea worthiness while the ship is under way.
BEAM: Width of the boat at its widest point.
BOW: Forward portion of the ship.
DRAFT: The depth of the keel in feet, measured from the waterline.
FATHOM: Sea measurement of distance equal to 6 feet.
FORWARD: Toward the front or bow of the ship.
FUNNEL: The smokestack or chimney.
GROSS REGISTERED TON (GRT): A measurement of 100 cubic feet of enclosed passenger space within a ship.
KNOT: Unit of speed at sea. (Knot is one nautical mile per hour and 1.15 mph.)
PORT: The left side of the ship when facing toward the bow. Many people confuse this with starboard. Remember - port and left have 4 letters.
STABILIZER: A finlike device extending from both sides of the ship below the waterline to provide stability.
STARBOARD: The right side of the ship when facing toward the bow.
STERN: The extreme rear of the ship.
 
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Who are all those people working on the ship?
CAPTAIN: The master of the ship and the crew. The ultimate authority on board.
Crew: Aside from the other people listed below there is a maintenance crew, navigation crew and the crew responsible for the propulsion of the ship. You'll rarely see these people.
Cruise Director: Officer in charge of all passenger activities. This person is usually responsible for the entertainment staff as well.
Entertainment Staff: There are regular cruise line employees who perform in the shows plus celebrities that are booked for specific sailings.
Hotel Manager: Senior Officer who is in charge of all passenger spaces. Similar to his counterpart on a land based hotel. All officers and crew dealing with passengers report to him. He reports to the Captain.
Maitre D' Just like the one in a restaurant. He is in charge of the wait staff and where you will sit in the dining room. He reports to the Hotel Manager.
Medical Staff: There is a ship's doctor and a nurse. Often the nurse is a cruise line employee while the doctors are land based doctors given free cruises for their services. Occasionally you will even find a dentist on board - primarily to take care of the crew.
Officers: Officers are like vice presidents or managers on land. There are many levels. Watch your ship's newsletter for information on them.
Purser: A senior management position on board ship, generally an administrative officer in charge of your shipboard accounts among other things.
Spa Staff: The spas are usually run by an independent company and are in charge of their own staff. They include hairdressers, massage therapists, personal trainers, etc.
Steward Crew member responsible for your cabin. Each steward is responsible for a certain number of cabins. He makes up the room and attends to your needs. He will introduce himself to you on your first day. This person is to be tipped (see tipping chart).
Wait Staff - dining room In the dining room you will have a head waiter, a waiter and an assistant waiter. The head waiter is responsible for several waiters. Each waiter will have a group of tables with the help of his assistant. All of these people get tips (see tipping chart).
Wait Staff - bars/lounges Each bar or lounge will have a staff of waiters/waitresses. Their job is to serve you drinks and (in the evening) appetizers. See note in tipping chart regarding these people.
 
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What does this mean?
BELOW DECK: Downstairs.
BRIDGE: Navigational and control center of the ship.
BERTH: The bed in a passenger cabin or the place the ship is docked.
CABIN: Your room on the boat. Also called stateroom.
CAPTAIN'S TABLE It's an implied honor if you are asked to dine at the captain's table. Where else would you pay to eat with the hired help?
CATEGORY: The level of a cabin, based on deck, location, dimensions, and amenities. In general, the higher up, the more expensive.
COMPANIONWAY: The steps going below.
DECK: The floor of the ship or also the level of ship such as the 10th floor in a building.
DISEMBARK: What you do to get off the ship. Opposite of embark or get on the ship.
FIRST SEATING: The earlier of two meal times in the main dining room.
GALLEY: The kitchen.
HEAD: Toilet
HOLD: Interior spaces below the passenger decks for storage of cargo.
INSIDE CABIN: Stateroom with no windows but often has a curtain leading you to believe there's something behind it. These rooms are usually smaller than outside cabins.
MINI-SUITE: Always an outside cabin and bigger than a standard stateroom. They include a small seating area and usually some extra features that the other cabins don't have. For example, a VCR and whirlpool bath.
OPEN SEATING: Seating in the main dining room is not preassigned. Also called Freestyle Dining.
OUTSIDE CABIN: Stateroom that has a porthole or picture window. Some cabins may have an obstructed view due to lifeboats or other obstructions.
PORT CHARGE: Taxes, collected by the line and paid to a local government authority.
REGISTRY: The country under whose flag the ship is registered.
SECOND SEATING: The later of two meal times in the dining room.
STATEROOM: Your cabin.
SUITE: The largest and most posh category of cabins on the ship. There are often different classes of suites such as "Penthouse" or "Owners" suite as well as a regular suite. All suites include some extra amenities that other categories don't have. For example, on HAL you receive free laundry and dry cleaning. On Celebrity you have a butler.
TENDER: A small vessel, usually one of the bigger lifeboats. This is used to move passengers to and from the shore when the ship is at anchor instead of at a dock.
TIPPING: You can't get away from it. Same as on land. But now there are lots more people to tip. See the tipping guidelines.
UPGRADE: Getting a better cabin than the one you paid for.
UPPER BERTH: A single bed recessed into the wall or ceiling during the day.
VERANDAH: A private balcony off of your stateroom. Adds to the price of the cabin but well worth it if you've ever had one.

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