Jargon buster: 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

Meaning

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 availble 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 my.pocruises.com 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 my.pocruises.com

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

Now you know the cruise jargon...

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