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Nautical Terms

If you are not familiar with certain nautical terms, you may find the following list of commonly-used words helpful prior to embarking on your cruise holiday:

Aft
Behind or near the back of the ship.
Ahead
Something in front of the ship's bow.
Astern
Something behind the ship.
Berth
A ship's place to dock;or, a Guest's bed.
Bow
The front end of the ship.
Bulkhead
A wall or upright position separating a ship's compartments.
Chart
A nautical map used for navigating the ship.
Course
Measured in degrees, the direction in which the ship is headed.
Debark
To leave a ship.
Draught
The depth of the water needed to float a ship; the measurement from a ship's waterline to the lowest point of its keel.
Embark
To go on board a ship.
Flagstaff
The pole at the stern of the ship from which the flag of the ship's country of the registry is flown.
Forward
Towards or at the front of the ship.
Galley
The ship's kitchen.
Hull
The framework of the ship.
Keel
The main structural member of the vessel extending along the centre of the bottom: the lateral area beneath the hull.     
Knot
A unit of ship's speed, one nautical mile (approx. 1.15 land miles) per hour.
Latitude
Distance north or south of the equator.
Leeward
Toward the side of the ship that is sheltered from the wind.
Longitude
Distance east or west of the Meridian of Greenwich.
Manifest
List of the ship's Guests and crew.
Midship
The middle of the ship.
Muster
To assemble Guests and/or crew on the ship.
Pilot
Person licensed to navigate ships into or out of harbours, or difficult waters.
Port
The left- hand side of the ship (when facing forward), signified by a red light on the side of the ship.
Stabilisers
Operated by gyroscope, retractable finlike devices below the waterline that extend from a ship's hull to reduce roll and provide stability.
Starboard
The right side of a ship (when facing forward), signified by a green light on the side of the ship.
Stern
The rear of the ship.
Tender
A vessel attending a larger one:used to ferry Guests to and from shore at ports of call.
Waterline
The line along which the surface of water touches a ship's hull.
Windward
On the side of the ship, from which the wind is blowing.

 

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