Cruise Lingo

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Cruise Card or Sign and Sail Card - something that explains what you use to access your room and pay for purchases.

Leeward side of ship.... Windward side of ship

Those are the general ones. Then there are the cruise line specific terms: Princess patter, Ship on a Stick, Faster To The Fun, etc., you could potentially have quite a long list.

Muster Drill

Purser (Customer Service)

MDR (Main Dining Room)

French Balcony (Balcony doors with no deck outside)

Balcony Club membership

CHOG : Chair who saves several poolside lounge chairs

MDR : Main Dining Room

Embarkation : getting ON the ship

Debarkation / Disembarkation : getting OFF the ship

Gangway : how you embark or disembark the ship

Naughty Room : where they bring you if they suspect contraband in your luggage

Dramamine : Over the counter aid for sea sickness

Cabin: Not room

Ship: Not boat

Deck: Not floor

Keel Haul- What's done to whiners. Walk the plank- What's done to whiners.

Stateroom or cabin?

YTD - Your time Dining on Carnival. I don't know what it's called on the other lines that offer this choice of dining time.

When I was in the Navy we called everything "The Boat", from aircraft carriers to destroyers. So if you hear an adult call a cruise ship a boat he/she may have been in the Navy.

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