Glossary
 
 
A
ABOARD
Onboard; the opposite of ashore. Used when referring to being or doing something on the ship.
ACCOMMODATION
A guest's stateroom or suite.
ADVENTURE OCEAN
Royal Caribbean's program for young guests age 6 months to 11 years.
AFT
The stern or rear of a ship.
AIR ARRANGEMENTS
Your air transportation to and from the port and ground transportation between the airport and the port.
ASHORE
On land.
B
BEAM
Breadth of a ship at its widest point.
BERTH
A place where a ship docks or anchors.
BOW
The front or forward area of a ship.
D
DEBARKATION
Exiting a ship.
DECK
The horizontal platform that extends from one side of a ship to the other.
DECK PLAN
An overhead map illustrating stateroom and public area locations.
DRAFT
The depth of a ship's keel below the waterline.
E
EMBARK
To board a ship.
F
FINAL PAYMENT
Payment of the full cruise fare plus any necessary or agreed-upon extras, such as taxes, or air add-on, prior to the issuance of related travel documents.
FIRST SEATING
The earlier of the two meal times in a ship's main dining room(s).
FORWARD
Toward the fore or bow (front) of a ship.
G
GANGWAY
An opening in the ship through which passengers may board.
GOLD ANCHOR SERVICE
Royal Caribbean's friendly and personable service that makes your cruise more memorable.
GRATUITY
A tip to onboard personnel as an indication of thanks for services rendered.
GUARANTEE STATEROOM
An assurance that you will be assigned the stateroom category you select.
GUARANTEED LANGUAGE
The language you select a Shore Excursions to be conducted in.
GUARANTEES
The commitment that a stateroom in the same category as that purchased will be assigned. If one is not available, a stateroom in the next category of greater value will be assigned.
GUEST VACATION DOCUMENTS
Documents containing important information you will need to board your ship.
H
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I
INSIDE STATEROOM
Also called an interior stateroom; generally in the interior of a ship.
J
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K
KNOT
A unit of speed. One knot is one nautical mile per hour, or 1.15 land miles per hour.
L
No terms available.
M
MEET & MINGLE
An onboard gathering for people who have met online prior to the cruise.
MEMBER CRUISE
A cruise vacation experience with special savings and activities for Crown & Anchor Society members.
MIDSHIP
Located in the middle of a ship.
MINOR
Child under the age of 18 who is under the supervision of an adult.
MUSTER/MUSTERING
The safety drill conducted at the beginning of every cruise.
MY CRUISES
An online account that allows guests to add enhancements, such as spa treatments, specialty dining reservations or Shore & Land Excursions, to their cruise.
N
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O
OCEANVIEW STATEROOM
A stateroom with window that affords an outside view.
ONBOARD
On a ship, as opposed to onshore.
ONBOARD EXPENSE ACCOUNT
The cashless system, accessed with a SeaPass card, used for all onboard purchases and services.
ONLINE CHECK-IN
Guests can save time at the pier by completing their pre-cruise documentation online.
OPEN SEATING
A dining area or time without specific seating arrangements.
P
PARTIAL CRUISE
Allows you to meet the cruise ship in a different location than the scheduled boarding port.
PASSAGE
Your travel onboard the cruise ship.
PORT
A place for loading and unloading ships, or, the left side of the ship when facing forward.
PORT OF CALL
A port at which the ship anchors and guests are allowed to disembark.
PRE-CRUISE ADDRESS
Your address immediately before your cruise. For instance, your pre-cruise address could be a hotel address.
PURSER
Staff member responsible for all onboard transactions, lost or found articles, mail, printing and for greeting and assisting guests with their individual needs.
Q
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R
RESERVATION NUMBER
The identification/reference number you receive after reserving a cruise.
ROYAL REUNIONS
A special array of services and amenities for your next reunion.
S
SEAPASS CARD
Your individual ID card, serving as your room key and boarding pass at ports of call, also used to access your Onboard Expense account.
SECOND SEATING
The later of two meal times in a ship's dining facility.
SET SAIL PASS
Your confirmation for online check-in used for embarkation.
SHORE & LAND EXCURSIONS
Off-the-ship tours at ports of call (an extra charge is usually applied).
STARBOARD
The right side of the ship as one faces forward.
STATEROOM
Guests living quarters with sleeping accommodations aboard a ship.
STERN
The rear part of a ship.
SUITE
Usually refers to an upgraded personal accommodation onboard.
U
No terms available.
V
No terms available.
W
WAKE
The visible track of turbulence caused by a ship's movement in water.
X
No terms available.
Y
No terms available.
Z
No terms available.

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