It’s a term that’s been on cruise ships and in the media for years, but the word is now being used to describe the time that families wait in line for information about their loved ones who have passed away.
In an effort to avoid confusing people, CBS News has used a variety of words to describe that moment in time.
Here are some examples of the best we’ve heard so far.
CARGO: The ship is carrying tons of supplies to a hospital that needs them.
CARPENTER: This is where they’re going to get the bodies.
CARNIVAL: The food is going to be delivered.
CARS: The cars are going to go around.
CARROLL: This will be the last trip on this cruise ship.
CARTEL: The cruise is going on for one day.
This is when the passengers are going out for lunch.
CERES: This ship has a carnival on it.
CLARIFICATION: The word carnival is now also used to refer to the Carnival Cruise Line.
CLIFFORD: I think they’re just going to take us to the ocean to be alone.
CLINTON: This was the ship that took our family.
CLARK: This boat is carrying our baby to the hospital.
COOLING: The air conditioning is on.
COOKED: The crew is preparing for dinner.
COLD: It’s colder than the room where we’re sitting.
CURRENT: This has been the temperature for the past few days.
CUPPOOL: This cruise is on a trip that is being booked in a new city.
DANCE: The dance floor is filled with people.
DEEP: The depth of the ocean.
FLASHBACK: These are the days of the Titanic.
FLY: The boat that is going down is not on a river.
I mean, they’re not going down in a river but they’re sailing in a canal.
FRESH: The freshness of the food.
FUND: This part of the boat is being rented.
GARAGE: This cabin is being used for storage.
GIRL: This girl is going into labor.
HOME: The home is the place that you spend your time.
HOMES: These homes are being rented out for a short period of time.
INCREDIBLE: This kind of a scene is happening at the airport.
LABOR: This type of a scenario is happening right now.
LIVING: This room is being reserved for a baby.
LITTLE: This baby is on the way to the delivery.
MOMENTS: The minute this word was used to talk about the moment of a loved one’s passing, people started talking about how long it takes to talk to loved ones, and this was a way to convey that they have to talk.
MARCH: This celebration is happening just as people celebrate a birthdays.
MURDER: This person is going through a lot right now and the police are there to protect them.
NOVEMBER: This week is the last week on the cruise ship before the season starts.
PARENT: This mother is pregnant.
PAWN: This beach is being called a “golf course.”
PAWNING: People are bringing their pets to this beach to relax.
PRIMARY MENTOR: I’ve heard that the cruise ships have these special baby showers.
QUICK FACTS: The term “carnival cruise” is now used to call the entire period between May 1 and September 30, which is when people are planning to get on the boats and get away from home.
It’s the cruise line’s way of making it seem like the ships are going on vacation, not vacation.
This phrase is now considered the most appropriate way to describe what’s going on when people on cruise liners get on a cruise ship in the middle of the Caribbean.
The cruise line has been using the word carnivals for years and has only changed the meaning of the term to better reflect the way people use it today.
The new meaning is that it is a celebration and it’s not the time of the year that you would think about getting on a ship, but when it comes to families and loved ones on a vessel, this is when families are waiting for information.
We’re going out with families and families are asking questions and they’re wanting answers.
The next time you’re in a crowd, don’t assume the people who are standing at the back are going home.
Just make eye contact with them and say, “Hey, this person needs to talk.”