A new way to muster drill. Emuster is typically done partially or in whole by using the cruise lines phone app. It was brought into use to avoid large close quarter gatherings onboard during the COVID-19 pandemic. Many cruise lines have adopted a form of emuster, and its' use will likely be continued after the pandemic is over.
A tradition on many cruise ships, the formal night is a night to dress up. Check your cruise line’s dress codes for suggestions. Some cruise lines have relaxed their dress codes a bit.
Friends of Bill
Is a term refering to recovering alcoholis. It is used typically in reference to Alcoholics Anonymous meetings onboard. William (Bill) Wilson founded Alcoholics Anonymous as a society of members dedicated to helping each other achieve and maintain sobriety.
Friends of Dorothy
Is an older term for people who identify under the LGBTQ+ spectrum: lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and all other members of the queer community.
Norwegian Cruise Line's style of cruising, featuring casual dress and no set dinner times.
Name for Carnival's cruise ships.
Carnival's daily activities publication, previously known as the Carnival Capers.
Ramp or stairway between the ship and the shore while the ship is docked.
Gratuities or tipping is customary on a cruise. A per person service fee or gratuity will be charged daily to your cabin, on most major cruise lines. See also prepaid gratuities.
gross registered ton (grt)
A measurement of enclosed passenger space, including the space in cabins, lounges, showrooms, and dining rooms. This does not apply to open spaces such as decks and pool areas (unless, of course, they are enclosed).
A cruise reservation in which one pays for a certain category cabin, but is not given a cabin number. Passengers often take this type of reservation with the hopes of getting upgraded to a higher category.
The total number of passengers divided by the total number of crewmembers.
The name given to those, whom have been known to have had too many libations, who can be seen running in the last few minutes hoping not to miss the ship’s departure. It is quite entertaining and is typically accompanied by loud cheers from the the cruisers already onboard.
The forward and backward rise and fall of the ship as it moves.
The left side of the ship when facing forward; also the harbor where a ship docks.
The period of time that your Cruise Ship actually sails away from the shore. Often there will be a Sailaway party, typically located on the top deck.
The ship's propeller.
A full day at sea when your cruise ship is not visiting a port.
The later of two meal servings (dinner seatings) in the ship's main dining room-also referred to as the late seating.
Refers to cruising solo. A cruise fare is typically based on double occupancy. When cruising solo, most of the time you’ll be paying a single occupancy rate, which can be almost the same as the cost of 2 people in a cabin, except you won’t pay double taxes.
An extra charge solo travelers pay to have just one person in a cabin. See single occupancy.
Ships built of the same design-sometimes referred to as ships owned and operated by the same cruise line.
A tour or guided activity in which guests participate while ashore.
A retractable arm located below the waterline mid-ship, which can be extended to help reduce the ship's roll in rough sea conditions.
A small boat used to transport passengers from the ship to the shore. Tenders are used when the harbor is not deep enough for the ship to dock. Also can be used as a verb; i.e. we tendered to shore in Saint John.
Transportation from the airport or a hotel to the ship and vice versa.
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