ABOARD Onboard; the opposite of ashore. Used when referring to being or doing something on the ship.
ACCOMMODATION A guest's stateroom or suite.
ADD ON An additional charge to the cruise fare that usually refers to airfare, transfers, or land tours.
AFT The back of the ship.
AIR/SEA A package deal that includes the cruise price, airfare, and transfers to and from the ship.
ASHORE On land; the opposite of aboard.
BAGGAGE ALLOWANCE The amount of baggage, generally consisting of a guest's personal effects, carried by the cruise line free of charge.
BEAM Width of the ship at the widest point.
BEARING Compass direction, usually expressed in degrees, from the ship to a particular destination or objective.
BERTH Dock, pier or quay (key); or, the bed or beds within the guests' staterooms.
BRIDGE The room or platform onboard within which the Captain and ship's officers manage the navigation, route, maneuvering and overall seagoing operation of the ship.
CABIN A guest's stateroom or suite.
CATEGORY The price level of a stateroom based on location, size, and amenities.
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CONCIERGE CLASS An enhanced stateroom offering added amenities and services.
CRUISE FARE The actual cost of the cruise, excluding all extras such as taxes, port charges, airfare, gratuities, etc.
CRUISETOUR A full land and sea vacation combining a cruise with a pre- or post-cruise land journey.
DEBARKATION/DISEMBARKING Exiting or departing from the ship.
DECK Each level (floor) of the ship.
DECK PLAN An overhead diagram illustrating stateroom/suite and public area locations.
DEPOSIT(s) A partial payment of the cruise fare required at the time of booking to secure the stateroom/suite being reserved.
DRAFT Measurement in feet from waterline to lowest point of ship's keel.
EMBARKATION Boarding the ship.
FATHOM Measurement of distance equal to six feet.
FINAL PAYMENT Payment of the full cruise fare plus any necessary or agreed extras, such as taxes, air add-on, prior to the issuance of related travel documents.
FIRST SEATING The earlier of the two meal times in the ship's main restaurant.
FORWARD Toward the fore or bow (front) of the ship.
GANGWAY Ramp or stairway between the ship and the shore while the ship is docked.
GRATUITIES The guest's personal expression of thanks (tips) to the ship's service personnel for services received.
GRT "Gross registered tons/tonnage." A measurement of enclosed passenger space, including the space in staterooms, lounges, showrooms, and dining rooms. This does not apply to open spaces such as decks and pool areas (unless, of course, they are enclosed).
GUARANTEES The commitment that a stateroom in the same category as that purchased will be assigned. If one is not available, a stateroom in the next category of greater value will be assigned.
GUEST CRUISE/CRUISETOUR TICKET CONTRACT Detailed terms of responsibility and accountability found in the cruise ticket.
GUEST RELATIONS Onboard guest services and information center that assists with guest requests and arrangements.
HELM Commonly the ship's steering wheel, but more correctly the entire steering apparatus consisting of the wheel and rudder and their connecting cables or hydraulic systems.
HULL The outside shell of the ship from the main deck down to the keel.
INSIDE STATEROOM A stateroom that does not have a porthole, window, or balcony.
INTERPORTING The option for guests to embark and disembark a ship at specific ports over the course of a full, scheduled cruise itinerary.
KNOT The measurement of the ship's speed. One knot is one nautical mile per hour.
LEEWARD The side of an island or ship that is sheltered from the wind.
LOWER BED A single bed placed at the conventional height from the floor.
MIDSHIP In or toward the middle of the ship; the longitudinal center portion of the ship.
MUSTER DRILL A mandatory safety exercise generally held prior to setting sail in which the ship's crew familiarize all guests with the location (muster station) where they would assemble in the unlikely event of emergency.
OPEN SEATING Free access to unoccupied tables in the ship's restaurant, as opposed to specific table assignments.
OCEAN VIEW STATEROOM An outside stateroom with a large porthole or window.
OCEAN VIEW STATEROOM WITH VERANDA An outside stateroom with a veranda (balcony).
PORT The left side of the ship when facing forward.
PORT CHARGE An assessment which also includes port taxes, collected by the cruise line and paid to a local government authority.
PORT-OF-CALL A port at which the ship anchors and guests are allowed to disembark and visit the area.
PORT TAX A charge levied by a local government authority to be paid by the guest. In some air/sea packages, port taxes are included in the final price.
ROLL A side-to-side movement of the ship.
SAILING TIME The actual hour at which the ship is scheduled to depart the dock and set sail.
SEA & STAY A package allowing guests to spend one, two or three nights exploring their departure or arrival port.
SECOND SEATING The later of two meal times in the ship's main restaurant.
SHORE EXCURSION Off-the-ship tours at ports of call (an extra charge normally applies).
STARBOARD The right side of the ship when facing forward.
STATEROOM A guest's room, cabin, or personal accommodation.
STERN The back end of the ship.
TENDER A small boat used to transport guests from the ship to the shore. Tenders are used when the harbor is not deep enough for the ship to dock.
TRANSFERS Conveyances or transportation between the ship and other locations, such as airports, hotels, or departure points for shore excursions.
UPGRADE A change in stateroom assignment to a higher category.
UPPER BED A bed similar to a bunk bed, often folded or recessed into the wall.
WAIT LIST Celebrity's endeavor to obtain accommodation for guest requests on a first-come, first-serve basis when current accommodations are not presently available.
WAKE The track left in the water at the stern created when the ship is underway or in motion.
WINDWARD The side of an island or ship against which the wind is blowing.