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#1
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Joined Mar 2016
Hi Guys, I love this site, I have had a great deal of questions and answers, but as I am new to cruising and this site there is one big problem, there is a hell of a lot of abbreviations, in some of the answers I receive, DH, OBC, etc., which I haven't got a clue what they mean, is there a abbreviation list somewhere to help me understand LOL, thanks
#2
Orlando, FL
321 Posts
Joined Oct 2016
OBC means 'onboard credit' a perk you may get from a cruise line or travel agent
DH is stupid as far as I'm concerned. (DH,DW,DD,DS... Whatever) typical it means 'Dear (Dearest) Wife/Husband/Son', whatever. It's probably the most useless shorthand. Just say 'my husband' or 'my wife'.
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#3
Fredericksburg, va. USA
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Joined May 2001
FWIW...for what it's worth
YMMV...your mileage may vary
AFAIK..as far as I know
SMH...shaking my head
MIL...Mother in law
FIL...Father in law, ect.....
#5
Tacoma, Wa, USA
8,032 Posts
Joined Dec 2000
It's a "Ship" not a boat. The boat is what you get into when the ship is sinking.
It's not a floor, it's a deck
They are not cabin boys, cabin girls or stewarts,, they are cabin Stewards.
It's not a room, it's a Cabin or State Room
#6
2,310 Posts
Joined Dec 2016
Originally posted by klfrodo
It's a "Ship" not a boat. The boat is what you get into when the ship is sinking.
It's not a floor, it's a deck
They are not cabin boys, cabin girls or stewarts,, they are cabin Stewards.
It's not a room, it's a Cabin or State Room
And in Newcastle UK it's. When the boat comes in.LOL

love sailing with RCCL
#7
california
810 Posts
Joined Oct 2008
What often gets the most confusing is when the person on a CC (carnival cruise) asks about using his CC (credit Card) while on CC (cruise critic). Thankfully most of the acronyms don't have multiple meanings. After a while you will recognize most of them in the context they are being used.
#9
I come from a land down under
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Joined Jul 2014
Or when some one asks about booking a TA (Transatlantic crossing) through a TA (Travel agent).

Or if there'll be enough TP (toilet paper) on a TP (Trans Pacific).

But the thread you were referred to covers it pretty well I think.
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#10
Illinois (Not Chicago)
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Joined Aug 2016
Originally posted by swanmark
Hi Guys, I love this site, I have had a great deal of questions and answers, but as I am new to cruising and this site there is one big problem, there is a hell of a lot of abbreviations, in some of the answers I receive, DH, OBC, etc., which I haven't got a clue what they mean, is there a abbreviation list somewhere to help me understand LOL, thanks
The abbreviations for significant others & children (DH, DW, DS, DD) aren't necessarily cruise lingo. They've been around for many years and pretty much got their start in internet chat rooms, message boards, & forums. At one point I can remember the DS & DD, referring to one's children, stood for dependent son & daughter. Now I guess they're all dear or dearest. I've always found those particular ones a bit annoying. I'd rather just type it out. And I never really understood "PAX," meaning passengers. Not sure how it evolved into an "X."
#12
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Joined Feb 2015
Originally posted by Organized Chaos
The abbreviations for significant others & children (DH, DW, DS, DD) aren't necessarily cruise lingo. They've been around for many years and pretty much got their start in internet chat rooms, message boards, & forums. At one point I can remember the DS & DD, referring to one's children, stood for dependent son & daughter. Now I guess they're all dear or dearest. I've always found those particular ones a bit annoying. I'd rather just type it out. And I never really understood "PAX," meaning passengers. Not sure how it evolved into an "X."

I have a feeling "pax" is technical/industry jargon rather than Internet lingo. Just some way of shortening it.

Spinoff, but from context I always thought "SMH" meant "so much hate", but apparently it means "shaking my head".




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#15
Florida
414 Posts
Joined Apr 2016
After reading awhile you will sort of figure them out. My favorites are when they start asking for help from a particular airport to another airport using the airport codes! Do they really think we have all those codes in our little brains? I know the few I travel, but if I ask a question about those, I will type out the city names! LOL

Example: I'm traveling from ABC to DEF, but would rather do through GHI, or JKL. Oh by the way, how much time should we allow at check-in, etc!
#16
Edinboro,PA
2,458 Posts
Joined Sep 2006
Originally posted by swanmark
Hi Guys, I love this site, I have had a great deal of questions and answers, but as I am new to cruising and this site there is one big problem, there is a hell of a lot of abbreviations, in some of the answers I receive, DH, OBC, etc., which I haven't got a clue what they mean, is there a abbreviation list somewhere to help me understand LOL, thanks
Next, is the fun of trying to remember, 6 months after booking, what Norwegian(NCL) gave you, when in a conversation here on CC about "Amenity Codes".
For example:
Amenity code:
44UDPT

Belongs to Group (For BGE Payment table): Dining Packages

We figured this one out, but

Is there a list of codes available ?
#17
Tacoma, Wa, USA
8,032 Posts
Joined Dec 2000
Originally posted by Organized Chaos
The abbreviations for significant others & children (DH, DW, DS, DD) aren't necessarily cruise lingo. They've been around for many years and pretty much got their start in internet chat rooms, message boards, & forums. At one point I can remember the DS & DD, referring to one's children, stood for dependent son & daughter. Now I guess they're all dear or dearest. I've always found those particular ones a bit annoying. I'd rather just type it out. And I never really understood "PAX," meaning passengers. Not sure how it evolved into an "X."
When my wife uses DH, it's usually "Damn" Husband
#18
Illinois (Not Chicago)
614 Posts
Joined Aug 2016
Originally posted by perditax
I have a feeling "pax" is technical/industry jargon rather than Internet lingo. Just some way of shortening it.

Spinoff, but from context I always thought "SMH" meant "so much hate", but apparently it means "shaking my head".


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Yeah, there was once a time when it meant "so much hate." When texting became the preferred method of communication for many people, some of the abbreviations began to change.

Originally posted by klfrodo
When my wife uses DH, it's usually "Damn" Husband
And that's when mine is being nice.
#19
Tarzana (San Fernando Valley), CA
4,755 Posts
Joined May 2000
PAX was first used back in the glory days of railroading as shorthand for passengers. It's also used in church as in pax vobiscum (latin for Shalom).
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#20
Vancouver
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Originally posted by CanobieFan
(DH,DW,DD,DS... Whatever) typical it means 'Dear (Dearest) Wife/Husband/Son', whatever. It's probably the most useless shorthand. Just say 'my husband' or 'my wife'.
Preach!

MDR = Main Dining Room
PBE = Piano Bar Entertainer
B2B = Back to back cruises

And some non-shorthand lingo...
Lido = Deck with the Main Pool and the Buffet, so "lido" may mean the deck, the pool, or the buffet depending on context
Port = Left (when facing forward)
Starboard = Right (when facing forward)
Aft = Back of the ship
Tender = Smaller boat that takes you to shore when the big ship can't
Safety Drill = A government-mandated trip through the 7 layers of boredom hell with no reprieve or escape
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