Terms used by cruise ship workers

BERTH
Area where the ship is placed in the dock and also the margin of safety when allowing for dock space for the ship.

BILGE
The lower most point on the ship's hull. This is the area where the crew lives on most cruise ships.

BRIDGE
The bridge is the control center of the entire ship. The steering wheel and navigational equipment is located here and the Captain will spend most of his time nearby.

CARDINAL POINTS
The four main points on a compass for heading, North, South, East, and West.

COMPANION WAY
A specific stairway that leads from the deck to the area where passengers are held.

CREW BAR
Lounge where crew members can relax and the stringent dress code and rules are relaxed.

CREW CABIN
Housing for crew members. These quarters are normally very small and used only for sleeping. Officers are given separate cabins while crew shares space with other crew. Each area is assigned a steward to look after the health and safety of the crew.

CREW SHORE LEAVE
This is the specific time when crew members are allowed to leave the ship and go to port.

DECK DEPARTMENT
This is the section of staff that is directly responsible for maintaining the deck, navigation and engineering.

DRAFT
This is the distance between the water and the bilge area of a ships hull.

ENTERTAINMENT DEPARTMENT
Staff members that are directly responsible for the activities that the passengers will take part in while on board.

FORE AND AFT
Terms that refer to the front and rear of the ship.

FREEBOARD
This is the distance between the water line and the deck.

GANGWAY
This is the way that you leave and enter a ship. It has ropes for security. Leaving or entering the ship by any other means is against the law and is a punishable offense.

GALLEY
This term refers to the kitchen on the ship or food preparation area.

GUNWALE
Removable section below the deck. Originally used to allow cannons and weapons to be moved in and out.

LAMINEX
Laminated ID badge that serves as the passport for crew when they leave the ship at port.

MESS
Term that refers to the dining area for the crew and officers. It is generally separate from that of the passengers and not nearly as fancy.

MUSTER DRILL
This refers to the law requiring crew members to be at certain stations in the event of an emergency. The crew acts as crowd control and guides the passengers in the right direction to the mustering point during an emergency or drill.

POOPED
Means that a wave hits you from over the stern.

PORT AND STARBOARD
Refers to the left and right sides of the ship in that order.

SHIP'S COMPANY
A general term meaning all employees of the ship.

SLOPS
A store for the crew that offers everything from snacks to uniforms.

STATEROOM
This is the common term for a cabin in which a passenger stays.

TENDER
A small vessel that is used to transport people and necessary supplies to and from the ship when it is anchored.

THREE SHEETS TO THE WIND
Refers to a person that is intoxicated while on the ship.

WARDROOM
Recreation area for officers that is similar to the crew bar.

WILLIWAW
Refers to the strong gusts of wind that can occur at sea.v