First-Time Cruiser Glossary

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.

CELEBRITY CERTIFIED VACATION PLANNER
Your helpful, courteous Celebrity representative, ready
to assist with vacation planning needs.

CELEBRITY XPEDITION
Celebrity Cruises' 92-guest megayacht offering 7- to 11-night
vacations year-round in the pristine Galapagos Islands.

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.