Visual Glossary of Cruise Ship & Cabin Vocabulary

Accessible cabin

The main features that accessible cabins have are wider doorframes to fit wheelchairs and scooters and modified showers with seats, and a roll in shower. All bathrooms and cabins have bars though. If you will need to find an accessible cabin, let us know at the time of booking.

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Aft

The back or near the back of the ship.

Balcony

A balcony is a cabin with a private balcony for your stateroom.

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Boardwalk View

An ocean view or balcony that faces inward toward the boardwalk and not toward the water

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Bow

The very front of the ship.

Bunkbeds

Cabins for 3, 4, or 5 (or sometimes 2 on Carnival) may have a drop down bunkbed for the extra passengers.

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Central Park View

An ocean view or balcony that faces inward toward the central park and not toward the water.

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Cove Balcony

(Carnival Cruises) This is an enclosed balcony. Enclosed Balconies on Disney Cruise line are called Navigator Balconies.

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Docked

When a cruise ship is hitched up to a dock that the passengers can disembark onto. When docks are not available passengers disembark into small boats called tenders.

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Forward

The front or near the front of the ship.

Midship

The middle of the ship.

Obstructed View

An ocean view or balcony cabin with a view that is blocked by a lifeboat or other part of the ship.

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Picture Window

A large window with a big, clear view.

Porthole

A circular smaller window in an oceanview room

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Rollaway bed

Cabins for 5 may accommodate the 5th passenger by bringing in an extra rollaway bed.

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Sofabed

Cabins for 3,4 or 5 may have a sofabed for the extra passengers.

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Stateroom

Another name for your cabin or berth.

Suite

Suites are larger, more luxurious, and more expensive than other staterooms

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Tender

A boat for carrying passengers to or from a ship close to shore. Some ports have docks where you can walk off of the ship. However, others require tenders to disembark.

Virtual Balcony

An inside cabin with a video screen on the wall that projects what people with balconies are seeing. (Only on Royal Caribbean)

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