When looking toward the front or bow of the ship, starboard is on the right side of the ship.

I would remember this by reminding myself that “port” is the left side of the ship because port and the word “left” both have four letters. Therefore by exclusion, the right side is that other word… starboard!

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Staff are the hotel division of the ship, like guest services, cruise division/entertainment, shops, spa, casino. They often have their

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Officers are usually the marine department with stripes on their uniforms. Think of the structure/classes of the military – the

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A Little About the Author...

Rob Lilley is passionate about working on cruise ships, and spent 5 years of his life travelling the seven seas and touching ground on all 7 continents.  With the experience of 2 di