Welcome To The Lido Deck: Here’s What You Need To Know



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Are you soon going on your first cruise, or perhaps you’re a regular cruiser looking to understand the different cruise ship terms?

Phrases like ‘Lido Deck’ might sound like jargon. That’s why I’ve answered everything you need to know about the Lido Deck below…

The Lido deck filled with guests

On a cruise ship, the Lido Deck is usually the floor that has at least one outdoor swimming pool and sun deck area, with bars and dining rooms, such as a buffet. It is often the centre of activity, where passengers can join social activities or enjoy the weather.

An outdoor swimming pool on the lido deck

Each cruise ship has various activities on the Lido Deck. These might include organised games, fitness classes, themed parties and live music.

On some cruise ships, you’ll find other amenities too, such as jacuzzis, large outdoor screens to show movies in the evening, children’s play areas, food stands that serve refreshments such as drinks and ice creams, and a spa and gym.

But what does ‘lido deck’ actually mean?

The word “lido” comes from a place named in Italy “Lido di Venezia”. In the early 20th century, it was a beach resort where people swim and relax. The term then made its way to cruise ships to refer to the deck on a ship with an outdoor swimming pool, similar to a beach resort.

An empty swimming pool on the lido deck

This phrase makes people think about holidays, having fun, and feeling relaxed.

You say lee-doh, I say lie-doh…

In UK English, Lido is typically pronounced “lie-doh”. However, the Oxford English and Cambridge Dictionary both state that phonetically, lido is pronounced “liː.dəʊ” or “lee-doe”, from the Italian pronunciation. It is a topic that brings debate, as is often the case with words borrowed from other languages.

In short – it’s up to you whether you call it lie-doh or lee-doe. Whatever you prefer!

Where you’ll find the lido deck

The Lido Deck is usually on the top floor of the cruise ship. However, this can vary depending on the design of the cruise ship. On many ships, it can be around the 9th to 11th floor, whereas newer, larger ships are as high as deck 16.

If you’re on a cruise soon, it’s always best to refer to the deck plan provided by the cruise line. 

Leisure Facilities of a cruise ship

Thinking of a cabin on the lido deck?

Whether a Lido Deck cabin is a bad place to stay on a cruise ship depends on your preferences. Cruise customers often like the convenience of being close to facilities such as the swimming pool, bars and buffet. However, cabins on the Lido Deck can sometimes be noisier than other cabins, as they are close to busy areas of the ship. 

Many of the reviews I’ve read from passengers staying on the Lido Deck report it to be their favourite place to stay on the ship due to the convenience. Also, some customer reviews have noted the noise hasn’t been a problem, which they were surprised about.

Often, it’s the rooms directly below the Lido Deck that have the most noise.

Before booking your next cruise, it’s usually a good idea to look at the deck plan and read reviews from past passengers before choosing which room to stay in and whether the Lido Deck will suit you.

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Jenni Fielding is the founder of Cruise Mummy. She has worked in the cruise industry since 2015 and has taken over 30 cruises. Now, she helps over 1 million people per month to plan their perfect cruise holidays.

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