Radiance of the Seas

Your 2014 Cruising Term Sheet

Posted January 6th, 2014

The new year is upon us, and while we’ve all drafted our resolutions for the 12 months ahead, and we want to make sure you’re prepared for the biggest year in Australian cruising yet!

At Cruiseabout, cruising is in our blood; we think about ships before we fall asleep, and Google new shore tour ideas, just in case one of our clients prefers the track less travelled. If you’ve never stepped foot on a cruise ship before and your resolution is to set sail on the high seas, or even if you have cruised, we’ve compiled an updated list of terms (including a bulk of classics to get you started) you’ll probably hear sliding across the decks this year. Sit back, relax and get ready to step aboard your next floating siesta in the sun.

The Atrium

You’ve boarded, your suitcases have been stowed into your cabin by the lovely, attentive crew and your eyes are alight with initial excitement; you’ve reach the Atrium - the centre of the ship. Often a dazzling spectacle of a hub, different liners employ a variety of features to get your pulse racing; sky lights, artistic installations, fountains, sculptures, modern pop art, light shows, digital displays and impossibly large television set. The Atrium is the centre of temptation, branching out into restaurants, casinos, cafes, shops, guest services, spas, gyms, pools and everything else imaginable.


If you hear somebody yell, rather insistently, "avast", you need to stop in your tracks. In fact, just halt everything you’re doing entirely. Avast is nautical for cease and desist. Take it back home with you!

Captain’s Dinner

If you’ve been invited to a dinner, a very special dinner, hosted by the Captain in the central dining hall, you’ve scored a nod to the hottest party of the cruise. Wear something stunning and make sure you turn heads, tease whispers and make friends, as everybody will be there, and this is the perfect opportunity to dive into the on-board social scene.

Cruise Card

We all have our credit cards, our bank cards, our debit cards, but once you’ve boarded the rocking white vessel, you’ll be handed a new slip of plastic. A cruise card acts as an ID, similar to a hotel room key; cruisers use the ID to buy drinks, massages, presents and souvenirs, entering and locking their cabins, embarkation and disembarkation, and basic registration.

How many cruise cards do you have in your collection?


A space between liner bulwarks that allow crew members to hose down the deck, spilt drinks and other fluids overboard, effectively keeping the deck clean. This is a regular duty of nominated staff, so don’t be surprised to see somebody holding a high pressure hose!


We’re sure you’re familiar with lifeboats. They’re quite essential in the event things go horribly wrong; before you imagine yourself aboard Titanic 2.0, be assured cruise liners are lawfully required to exceed the lifeboats required to suit the total number of souls aboard, passengers and crew inclusive. There will always be a space for you, and you won’t be holding onto a heavy wooden door while the very fortunate enjoy a gentle row.

Have we forgotten one of your hard won favourites? Let us know in the comments below!

To get your very own cruise card, call one of our Cruise Specialists today on 1300 954 661 - they're in the know, and they will be able to find you the best cruise deal, guaranteed!

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