Cruise language explained

If you're new to cruising, you might see the odd word or phrase that looks a little unfamiliar. Here's a guide to some of the lingo you'll encounter on a cruise holiday.


Cruising term
Aft The rear area of the ship
Atrium The large, airy social hub of the ship where you can relax, enjoy a drink and people watch
Cabin grades Each cabin has a two letter code, such as PF or NC, identifying the type of accommodation, varying by size, features and location on the ship
Club Dining A style of dining on board. You'll share a table in the restaurant with the same guests at a set time each evening

Deck plans

Detailed plans showing the ship's layout
Disembarkation Leaving the ship
Early Saver Great value prices on selected cruises at selected times, without the benefits of Select Price
Embarkation Boarding the ship
Forward The front area of the ship
Freedom Dining A style of dining on board suited to those who prefer to keep arrangements a little more flexible
Inside cabin Cabins without a window
Mid Aft The area between the rear and the centre of the ship
Mid Forward The area between the front and the centre of the ship
Midship The middle area of the ship
Obstructed view The window lets in light but the view will be mostly obstructed, for example by a lifeboat
On-board spending money Money that is credited to your on-board account. It can be used to purchase drinks, spa treatments, dining experiences and much more and is one of the perks avaialble with our Select Price
Sea view cabin Accommodation with a window looking out to sea
Part obstructed view The view from the window will be partially obstructed, for example by a pillar or a lifeboat
Port The left side of the ship, when facing forwards
Pull-down beds Extra beds overhead, similar to bunk bedsm that are folded away during the day by your cabin steward
Saver Last-mintute deals with some arrangements confirmed on board
Speciality restaurants An optional way to add variety to your dining experiences on board. For a small cover charge, speciality restaurants offer alternative menus, some even created by our Food Heroes. These can be booked on before you sail
Select Price The leading choice for its range of premium benefits; Select Price bookings include a number of perks
Shore experiences We offer tours, activities and adventures on land, all of which have been tried and tested by us. These can be booked up to 365 days before your holiday on
Starboard The right side of the ship, when facing forwards
Tender Sometimes the ship will anchor at sea and small boats known as tenders will take ashore