All cruise ship workers go through intensive training before they take off on their first adventure. Part of that training is learning a secret language only used on cruise ships. Using code words to describe certain instances is key to keeping some things secret from guests. This isn’t nefarious. It just makes for a more pleasant guest experience.
For example, a few code words commonly used are “PVI” (public vomiting incident) and “Kilo” (all personnel to their emergency stations). Guests certainly don’t want to hear about barf while on vacation. Cruise ship staff doesn’t want a group of guests to start panicking if they overhear a cruise ship workers say the word “emergency.” Therefore, a secret code is necessary.
Ask About Hidden Outlets
Most cruise ship workers know their ship like the back of their hand. If you’re a guest on a cruise ship, don’t be afraid to ask your steward for inside information about your room. Stewards are responsible for keeping cruise ship rooms in tip-top shape, so they know every nook and cranny of pretty much every room.
Many guests don’t realize just how many hidden storage areas there are in their rooms. There are usually storage areas behind mirrors, under beds, and around cruise ship couches. Plus, many cruise ships add new charging outlets to keep up with the times. If you search your room for these hidden features and come up empty-handed, ask your steward. They’re bound to know.
You can pack all you want for your cruise, but you’re bound to miss a few things. If you’re worried about getting seasick while on your cruise, you undoubtedly plan to pack as many seasick remedies and medications as possible. If you forget something or run out, have no fear. Cruise ships usually have their own seasick remedy station.
Guest services usually have a stock of meclizine, an over-the-counter motion sickness medicine. You can ask cruise line staff for a few if you’re feeling really desperate for relief. You can also ask the waitstaff for more homegrown remedies via room service. Green apples and bites of ginger can do wonders.
Hundreds of ships are out on the open seas at any given time. How do these ships from all different parts of the world communicate with each other? Well, there’s something called Seaspeak. Seaspeak was made the official language of the seas in 1988. It’s a standardized language that all captains and crews use to communicate over a ship’s radio.
Seaspeak is based in English and uses a limited number of words, commands, and numbers in a strict format. Message markers like “Request,” “Advice,” and “Warning” precede all radio messages. Plus, all units of time are spoken in Coordinated Universal Time. Seaspeak is vital to a ship’s safe passage for guests and crew.
It’s Not Really an “Unlimited” Package
Cruise ships are known for their excess of food and drink. But the truth of the matter is that most cruise passengers don’t actually purchase the “unlimited” drinking package. Cruise ship employees absolutely know which guests have the unlimited packages and which ones do not. So, your friendly cruise ship bartender is definitely monitoring how many of those “unlimited” drinks you get.
Bartenders can turn off a guest’s cruise ship credit card if they overindulge or become unruly. No one, guests and staff alike, wants to deal with a belligerent passenger who has had one too many Long Island Ice Teas. Cruise ship staff are trying their best to keep everyone classy. Remember to help them out.