There are certain words in the universe that only cruise passengers will ever understand (and hey, we’re okay with that!).
Here are 11 of those words.
A porter is the person who takes your checked bags for you when you arrive at your embarkation port. They ensure that your bags get onto the ship as quickly as possible, so be sure to tip them.
2. Repo Cruise
Short for “repositioning cruise,” this refers to the cruise when a ship is moving to a new home port. For example, when the Carnival Vista debuts in May 2016, it will be sailing Mediterranean cruises until October 2016, when it repositions from Barcelona to New York. Just a few weeks later it will reposition again to sail roundtrip cruises out of Miami. Repo cruises can be great because they may call on unique ports or have more sea days than normal, but the downside is having to arrange transportation to get back home from different port.
The lido deck is the main deck of the ship where you will find its pools, sports courts, buffets, minigolf, etc. Different ships and cruise lines offer different activities, but on any ship the lido deck is where the action happens.
The purser is the lead staff member in charge of handling finances aboard the ship. These days, the “purser’s desk” is usually just referred to as “guest services.”
5. Muster Station
Your muster station on a cruise ship is where you would go in the event of an emergency. Should the captain ever have to make the call to abandon ship, you will meet at your muster station, which is usually in front of your assigned lifeboat. It’s rare that you’ll ever have to meet here aside from the safety drill before you sail, but it’s important to know where it is just in case.