"Lynn Narraway – UK managing director of Holland America Line and Seabourn and the chair of the Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) – would also like to get rid of references to port, starboard and decks, and to stop referring to ships by tonnage.
Speaking at CLIA’s annual dinner aboard Cruise and Maritime’s 46,052-ton Magellan at Tilbury Docks she said: “Why do we still use marine language and not holiday language? We can talk about world class dining, award-winning spas, and inspiring destination experiences.”
She adapted W.H. Auden’s Stop All The Clocks – the Funeral Blues poem recited by John Hannah in Four Weddings and a Funeral – to implore her audience: “Silence the vessels, muffle the aft/ Kick out those cabins and reference to draft./ Kitchens not galleys, waiters not crew/ When it comes to language, let’s have a review.”http://www.mirror.co.uk/lifestyle/travel/cruises/best-way-sell-cruises-nowadays-7063397