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Know more about cruising than the Captain

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    Cruise Guidethe insiders

    Tips for hassle free cruising

    How to Choose the Best Cabin

    Getting the most from your family cruise

    Dining optionsexplained

    top tips and expert advice from Scotlands Cruise Centre

    Make the most of your next cruise with our FREE Cruise Guide.


    Know More about Cruising than the Captain

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    A cruise really is one of those experiences where it pays to do your research. You want to make sure you get it right with such a diverse and exciting range of options available whether thats the size of ship, type of

    holiday, the food on board, the ports they call to, or even the size of cabin that best suits you.

    A handy book like this is a fantastic help in understanding the complexities involved in all manner of cruise choices. But it also pays to speak to experienced cruise specialists. In the last year alone, our cruise teams have had close to 350 sleeping nights on board various cruise ships sailing the waters all across the globe.

    Theyve also had the equivalent of 327 days on board some 30 ships on educational visits, getting fully versed on the pros and cons of the ships, the cruise lines, excursions and the destinations they travel to.

    Which means they are full of the knowledge you need to get the absolute best out of your next cruise holiday. Whether youre new to cruise holidays or a seasoned traveller; young, old, single, a couple or family; or simply a wild adventurer at heart, theres so much worth knowing about the huge variety of cruising options open to you. The challenge is, which one suits you best?

    And thats where we come in with helpful advice, insights, tips and experience to ensure you get the best cruise, designed around you, at the best price possible.

    Feeling inspired? Why not give us a call.

    Leigh CollisHead of Cruise, Scotlands Cruise Centre(Who took his first cruise way back in 1969)



  • W W W . S C O T L A N D S C R U I S E C E N T R E . C O . U K

    At Scotlands Cruise Centre, we really understand our customers. We know that choice, flexibility, service, great value and expertise are the things valued most in a travel company. Our 40 plus years in the industry means

    we have the experience and the connections to deliver exactly this.


    This means that our Cruise Experts have more freedom and flexibility, giving you more choice from a wide-range of cruise and travel providers.


    Developed over almost 40 years in the business, we have long-standing and personal relationships with all our cruise partners, giving you choice, extra savings and added value benefits.


    Our highly trained Cruise Experts have an in-depth knowledge, personal insight and passion for travel. They will be able to answer any questions you have with facts and not guesses.


    Trusted for over 40 years and fully certified by ABTA, ATOL and IATA we can guarantee that your money and your holiday are in safe hands.




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    Going on a cruise can feel like walking into a foreign country. English may well be the onboard language, but people are bound to be speaking Cruise-ese, a hybrid of nautical terms and cruise-specific lingo. Suddenly, your room is a cabin, your maid a cabin steward and heaven forbid you call the ship a boat. Heres our

    guide to some of the terms you might want to brush up on.

    AFT/FORWARDThe back of the ship is aft and the front of the ship is forward.

    AHOYThe traditional greeting onboard ships. The term originated as a Viking battle cry!

    AT ANCHORWhen ships drop anchor for tender services to operate, usually out of port.

    ASHOREOn land.

    BEARING The direction the ship is heading in.

    BERTH The ships placement at a dock and also the bed in your cabin.

    BOW/STERN The front part of the ship is the bow. The back of the ship is the stern.

    BRIDGE The command centre at the bow (front) of the ship. All the steering and navigation equipment are here.

    CABIN GRADES The ships different types of accommodation based on size, location and amenities.CABIN STEWARD The person who cleans your cabin and turns down the room at night.

    CRUISE CARD Used to identify you and acts as the cashless system for buying onboard. It also gives you access to your cabin.

    CRUISE DIRECTOR The Master of Ceremonies for the cruise who heads up the ships entertainment and social events.

    DECKS The different floors on a ship.

    DISEMBARKATION The process of passengers leaving the ship.EMBARKATION Checking-in and getting passengers on board. This is normally done in stages.

    GALLEY The ships kitchen.

    GANGWAY The ramp or stairway that leads from the ship to the pier, allowing passengers to get on and off the ship.

    GRATUITIES/TIPS Tips are common on ships. Policies vary depending on the cruise line.HOMEPORT Where a cruise ship is based for the season.

    INSIDE CABINInside staterooms without windows (porthole) or balconies.




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    ITINERARYA list of the destinations (ports) you will visit.

    KEELThe spine of the ship which runs from bow to stern.

    KNOTRefers to a nautical mile and is the measurement of ships speed.

    LEEWARD/WINDWARDLeeward is the side of the ship protected from the wind, Windward is exposed to it.

    LIDO DECKThe pool deck, hot tubs, deck chairs, splash pools and the pool bar are here.

    LIFE JACKETSYour buoyancy jacket that keeps you afloat in the unlikely event of an emergency.

    MIDSHIPThe area halfway between bow and stern.

    MUSTER DRILL/MUSTER STATIONA muster drill is a mandatory event where passengers assemble in a specific location and receive instructions on what to do in the unlikely case of an emergency. The muster station is the location passengers must go to during a drill or in an actual emergency.

    OBC/ OBSOnboard credit or spend a credit added to your onboard account for you to spend on board using the ships cashless buying system.

    ON BOARD ACCOUNT The cashless system used on board to make all your purchases and paid at the end when checking out.

    PILOTBrought on board to provide local expertise when a ship is entering or leaving a port.

    PORT/STARBOARDThe nautical terms for left (port) and right (starboard). You can remember because both left and port have four letters.

    PORTHOLEA round window found in most outside cabins.PORT OF CALLA port at which the ship anchors or berths to allow passengers to disembark.

    PROMENADE DECKWhere passengers can stroll around the ship.

    PULLMAN BEDSExtra foldaway bunk beds that allow more than 2 passengers to share a cabin.

    PURSERThe officer in charge of financial accounting, who handles billing issues, as well as general customer service.

    REPOSITIONING CRUISEA one way cruise that begins and ends in different ports as a ship moves from one region to another. These cruise types are usually cheaper and have more at sea days.

    SINGLE OCCUPANCYSingle cabins, or one person occupying a double cabin.

    SINGLE SUPPLEMENTA single supplement is applied when one person occupies a 2 person cabin.

    SHORE EXCURSIONSYour onshore trips organized by the ship or an independent operator.

    SUITEThe ships largest cabin class with separate sleeping and living spaces.

    TENDERA small boat that ferries cruise passengers from the ship to shore when docking isnt possible.

    THEME CRUISEA cruise arranged around passengers common interests wine, food, music etc.

    TRADITIONAL DININGPassengers usually have the option of first (around 6.30pm) or second (around 8.30pm) sittings in the Main Dining Room and will be allocated the same table for the full cruise.

    TRANSFERSTransportation to and from your airport or hotel.

    TRANSATLANTICA cruise that crosses the Atlantic Ocean.

    UPGRADEWhen you are given a cabin of a higher category.


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    One of the reasons we love cruising is the almost endless choices, from entertainment to restaurants to leisure activities. But when it comes to booking a cabin, the choices can sometimes feel overwhelming. Large hotels may have a clearly organised hierarchy of rooms and suites, but a single cruise ship can have more than 30 different cabin categories. Its helpful to remember though that there are essentially only

    4 types of cabins on any ship.

    INSIDE CABINLocated on the ships internal areas, these are the smallest-sized and most affordable rooms, with no window to the outside. They offer all the same amenities as outside cabins except the view. Perfect for guests who use their room as a base and prefer to spend their time exploring the ship and socialising.

    OUTSIDE CABINA room with the same specifications as an inside cabin but with a window or porthole (a round window) with a view to the outside. These are not as expensive as a balcony cabin, but they perfectly bridge the gap.

    BALCONY CABINHugely popular, these cabins feature a balcony that allows you to step outside without going up to a public deck. From watching sunsets to dolphin s