Dumb Question: What does AFT mean?
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The aft is the back of the ship, and in my opinion, the best place to have a cabin. Others may disagree because there is a little more motion and noise from the thusters, but I LOVE the view.
RCCL Grandeur-E Carib
Carnival Inspiration-S Carib
NCL Sun-W Carib
Dawn Princess-Mexican Riviera
NCL Star- Mexican Riviera
NCL Pride of America- Hawaii
Not to be too technical, but "fore" (or forward) and "aft" are directions, not places. The "bow" and the "stern" are the names of the actual places on the boat. So you would walk "aft" to get to a "stern" balcony cabin. And yes, they are great!
But a stern balcony would be aft facing. The best view on the ship. Booked the Dawn for 06 just to lock up one of the 2 BA aft facing cabins.
Fantail: the overhanging part of a ship's stern, a term used particularly in the case of large yachts and passenger liners. Although the correct word for the stern overhang of all ships, it is not often used in this connection except in the U.S.A. It has not quite the same meaning as counter, but comes very close to it. [The Oxford Companion to Ships and the Sea, Kemp, editor, 1976, Oxford University Press]
Fantail: The aftermost part of a ship, usually of the main deck; at the extreme stern. This word is believed to be purely American, from the early days of elliptical (fan-shaped) sterns, the mid XIX. [Origins of Sea Terms, John G. Rogers, Mystic Seaport Museum, Inc., 1985 (2nd ed.)]
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