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Cruise Ship and Nautical Term Glossary

List of common cruise and nautical terms and their definitions

Abeam
Definition of abeam

Aft
Definition of aft on a cruise ship

Amidship
Definition of amidship

Assistant Waiter
Definition of assistant waiter or busboy on a cruise ship

Astern
Definition of astern

Atrium
Definition of atrium on a cruise ship

Beam
Definition of beam

Bearing
Definition of bearing

Berth
Definition of berth on a cruise ship

Bilge
Definition of bilge

Bow
Definition of ship's bow

Bridge
Definition of bridge on a ship

Bulkhead
Definition of bulkhead on a ship

Buoy
Definition of buoy

Cabin Steward or Cabin Stewardess
Definition of cabin steward (or stewardess)

Cabin Upgrade
Definition of cabin upgrade on a cruise ship

Cabin
Definition of cabin

Cabin Category Guarantee
Definition of a Cabin Category Guarantee on a cruise ship

Captain
Definition of captain on a cruise ship

Cleat
Definition of cleat

Companionway
Definition of companionway

Course
Definition of course as it relates to cruise ships and sailing

Cover Charge
Definition of cover charge for specialty restaurants on cruise ships

Cruise Director
Definition of cruise director

Cruisetour or Cruise tour
Definition of cruisetour or cruise tour

Current
Definition of current as it relates to sailing and cruising

Davit
Definition of davit

Debark
Definition of debark

Dining Stewards or Stewardesses
Definition of dining stewards or stewardesses

Disembark
Definition of disembark

Displacement
Definition of displacement

Dock
Definition of dock

Draft
Definition of draft as it relates to ships

Ebb Tide
Definition of ebb tide

Embark
Definition of embark

Even Keel
Definition of even keel

Fantail
Definition of fantail

Fathom
Definition of fathom

Flood Tide
Definition of flood tide

Fore
Definition of fore

Forward
Definition of forward

Funnel
Definition of funnel

Galley
Definition of galley

Gangway
Definition of gangway

Gross Registered Tons
Definition of gross registered tons

Gunwhale
Definition of gunwhale

Head
Definition of head

Helm
Definition of helm

Hotel Manager
Definition and description of hotel manager

Hull
Definition of hull

Inside Cabin
Definition of inside cabin on a cruise ship

Inside Passage
Definition of Inside Passage

Keel
Definition of keel

Knot
Definition of knot

Leeward
Definition of leeward

Maitre d'hotel
Definition of maitre d'hotel on a cruise ship

Nautical Mile
Definition of nautical mile

Neap Tide
Definition of neap tide

Outside Cabin
Definition of an outside cabin on a cruise ship

Pitch
Definition of pitch

Port
Definition of port

Promenade
Definition of the promenade on a cruise ship

Prow
Definition of prow

Purser
Definition of the purser on a cruise ship

Quay
Definition of quay

Roll
Definition of roll

Scuppers
Definition of scuppers

Shore Excursion Director
Definition of the shore excursions director's job on a cruise ship

Sommelier
Definiton of the job of a sommelier on a cruise ship

Sounding
Definition of sounding

Stack
Definition of stack

Starboard
Definition of starboard

Stem
Definition of stem

Stern
Definition of stern

Suite
Definition of suite

Superstructure
Definition of superstructure

Tender
Definition of tender

Trim
Definition of trim

Verandah
Definition of verandah

Wake
Definition of wake

Waterline
Definition of waterline

Weigh
Definition of weigh

Windward
Definition of windward

Yaw
Definition of yaw

Sea Trials
Definition and description of sea trials for a new ship

Shoulder Season
Definition of shoulder season

Solsticize
Definition of Solsticize

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