Typical Crew Vocabulary on Cruise Ships

Those who never worked on any cruise ships will find this article pretty weird, strange. But those who have worked will find it pretty funny and will understand most of it. Why so?!

You know, there are plenty of languages in the world. But people on cruise ships have their own language. They speak their own vocabulary. Vocabulary which is unconditionally used only on cruise ships. It is kind of crew/ship slang.

I am gonna provide some examples of most used words and phrases which are commonly used on cruise ships & which I used by myself. Some of them are even used in “normal” life, but they are used on ships very often! It is a combination of English, Spanish, Romanian or even language which doesnยดt officially exist. Of course, these phrases are used by people who WORK on cruise ships. I am talking about crew vocabulary. ๐Ÿ˜‰

Photo taken in my lovely cabin which I shared with 1 room(cabin)mate ๐Ÿ™‚

Examples of most used crew/ship vocabulary:

โ‹†Babalina

Babalu

Banana

Basura

โ‹†Big Time

Bombo Claat

Cabin Party

Cacaria

โ‹†Cheapatones

Crewmess

Easy Tiger

Easy Life

Enjoying Your Cruise

Good Life

โ‹†Hardtime

Marikon

Mamasita

โ‹†No Rice No Power

No Problem

Paisano

Papasito

โ‹†Pula Mea

Puta Madre

โ‹†Running Like Chickens

Same Shit, Different Day

Same Shit, Same Ship

Shit

ย โ‹†Tranquilo

Too Much Drama

U Picku Materinu

โ‹† These words were used most of the time.

Do you have any questions about the meaning?? Feel free to ask in the comments. Some of them are actually pretty difficult to explain. ๐Ÿ˜€

Those who have worked on cruise ships, would you add some words & phrases??

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Typical Crew Vocabulary on Cruise Ships
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  • hahahha… those terms bring me A LOT of memories, from which some are quite fun (while some others not as much)! ๐Ÿ˜€ good stuff! Keep it up!

    …oh! I should mention that I miss some expression that I used to hear all the time around all Departments:

    – MAMAGAIO
    – NO ME INTERESSA!

    • hahaha no me interessa was also used at my ship. Well, even now sometimes I use some of the phrases in real (“normal”) life, though nobody understands me ๐Ÿ˜€ So I am happy it brought you some nice memories ๐Ÿ˜‰

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