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Glossary of Terms L-Z

Glossary of Terms L-Z


Latitude—Position north or south of the equator, expressed in degrees.

League—20,000 Leagues = 60,000 miles = 96,560 kilometers

Leeward—Away from, or sheltered from, the wind.

Line—Rope and cord used on a watercraft, or a tall tale told at a bar.

Longitude—Position east or west of Greenwich, England, expressed in degrees.

Mal de Mer—(French) Seasickness. Popular English language euphemism, akin to “green around the gills.”

MasterMaster Mariner, the license held by merchant ship captains.

PFD—Personal Flotation Device. Life jacket. Sometimes known as a Mae West, for the pulchritude (physical appeal) added to those who wear it.

Pier—A platform extending from shore for mooring and loading watercraft.

Pitch—The rising and falling of the bow and stern. See Roll. Also, black, tar-like substance used for waterproofing wooden vessels.

Port—The left side of the watercraft when facing Forward. Also, harbor. Also, a fortified wine named for the Portuguese port town of Oporto.

Porthole—An opening in the hull of a vessel. A round window.

Porthos—One of Alexandre Dumas’ Three Musketeers.

Propeller—A rotary fan-like device connected to the ship’s engines. When it turns, the ship moves. When stationary, the ship is at rest. 

Purser—The ship’s officer responsible for banking, payroll, and passenger records. See Guest Relations.

Roll—Side-to-side, rocking motion of a vessel. In extremes, this can lead to capsizing. 

Rudder—A flat, submerged surface at the stern, used to steer a vessel while underway. 

Server—The crew member who attends your table in the dining room, takes food and beverage orders, and supervises the assistant server. Similar to a restaurant waiter. On the Disney Cruise Line, the same server attends your needs throughout your voyage. 

Ship—A large watercraft, typically oceangoing, too dignified to be called a boat and big enough to carry boats of its own. 

Shorex—Cruise industry abbreviation for Shore Excursion.

Stabilizer—Horizontal, mechanized, submerged flaps that can be extended from a vessel to reduce rolling motion. 

Staff Captain—A ship’s second-in-command, responsible for crew discipline and ship’s maintenance. Also known as “Number One.”

Starboard—The right-hand side of the vessel when facing Forward.

Stateroom Host/Hostess—The crew member responsible for your stateroom’s housekeeping, baggage pickup/delivery, and your housekeeping-related requests. Sometimes known as a Stateroom Attendant or Steward.

Stem—The part of the bow that is farthest forward.

Stern—The rearmost section of the ship. Also, humorless.

Tender—A watercraft used to convey passengers and cargo from a ship to the shore. Also, easily chewed, as in Filet Mignon.

Tonnage—A measure of the size or cargo capacity of a ship. Also, what you may think you will weigh after a long cruise.

Thruster—A propeller positioned to move the ship laterally while docking and at other times when the ship has little or no forward motion.

Waterline—A line painted on the hull of a watercraft to indicate its typical draft when properly loaded.

Whorf—A character on “Star Trek the Next Generation.” See Pier.

Windward—Travel into the wind.

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