Parts of a Cruise Ship
Different cruise lines might grand names for some spaces, some cruise lines might have a "Lido Deck" or a "Promenade Deck" on their ships and most have a variety of amenities that range from a quiet place to watch the world go by, to a casino and theater. There are a few parts and places that all cruise ships have in common, all geared to provide a safe and pleasant holiday for an entire family.
The Geography of a Ship
You go forward to get to the bow (the front end of the ship), you go aft to get to the stern (the back of the ship). The left side--as you face forward--is the port side, while the right side is the starboard side. Halfway between bow and stern is amidships. The floor underneath your feet is called a deck. Rooms for human occupancy are called "cabins" and spaces for equipment are called "compartments." The only room that's called a "room" is the Engine Room.
Today's cruise ships include such activities as rock climbing, classical theater, orchestras, jazz bands, duty free shopping malls and a host of other interesting activities for singles, families and children.
One part of any cruise ship that you'll see at least once is the dining room. Large, modern cruise ships offer several different cuisines, each perhaps served in a different dining area or even a food court, unless you choose to dine in your room.
The view comes at no extra charge.
The dining experience can be as formal or informal as you please--the days of the enforced white tie at dinner are long gone, replaced by a more relaxed atmosphere, although formal dining is available on some cruise lines.
Luxury Hotel At Sea
The cabins on a cruise ship compare to the bedrooms or suites in a luxury hotel and are generously sized and appointed.
The Cost of Luxury
Pricing for a cabin varies by location. Most cost between $649 and $3,100 per person. While the time of the year is rarely an issue in pricing, the busiest times--and the hardest to book--are the summer months.
Will Charpentier is a writer who specializes in boating and maritime subjects. A retired ship captain, Charpentier holds a doctorate in applied ocean science and engineering. He is also a certified marine technician and the author of a popular text on writing local history.
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