port vs starboard

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teresapink

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Does anyone have an opinion on whether to stay on the port side of the ship or the starboard side? I wonder about the view at the ports?
We ae schedueled for the port side on an Eastern Caribbean and the Starboard side for Western caribbean. This happened by chance....any thoughts?
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redcrown

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Hi,

I prefer the port side because of the explanation below. Unfortunately the cruise ships no longer always follow this old adage, but most of the time I have faced the port!! :)


"The actual origin of the term "port" is speculated to be because the left side of old merchant sailing ships had a loading or entry port. The right side had a steering board that hung over the side of the ship (before the invention of rudders) which is where the term starboard comes from. So if the steering board hung over the right side, the boat would need to dock on its left side, or put into port on its left side."

And from Origins of Naval Terminology:

"The Vikings called the side of their ship its board, and they placed the steering oar, the "star" on the right side of the ship, thus that side became known as the "star board." It's been that way ever since. And, because the oar was in the right side, the ship was tied to the dock at the left side. This was known as the loading side or "larboard". Later, it was decided that "larboard" and "starboard" were too similar, especially when trying to be heard over the roar of a heavy sea, so the phrase became the "side at which you tied up to in port" or the "port" side."
 
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Schooner

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St. Thomas is Starboard docking. San Juan, St. Martin and Nassau can be either side.

Cozumel depends on the ship. The large ships are generally port side but not guaranteed. Key west is starboard. Costa Maya can vary, and Jamaica is generally starboard.
 
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Searcher

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teresapink Wrote:
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> Does anyone have an opinion on whether to stay on
> the port side of the ship or the starboard side? I
> wonder about the view at the ports?
> We ae schedueled for the port side on an Eastern
> Caribbean and the Starboard side for Western
> caribbean. This happened by chance....any
> thoughts?
> T

One never knows which side will be used at which port anymore. Last time in Cozumel Capt. Per, The Enchantment, backed into the International Pier which was a first one for us then The Grandeur pulled next to us and did the same manuever.

Even Key West has turned into a "toss the coin" scenario as we always docked starboad to the pier except over this Christmas where they put the port side a port.

Go figure.
 
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teresapink

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i don't like the obstructed views on the aft cabins, too much steel......only a few are "just right"
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teresapink

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It's true...a friend of mine is booked on the Voyager on deck 6, aft and we saw some shots....all you could see was white deck and steel beams......other ships however have different shapes in the back and the deck isn't there.....maybe higher deck is key!
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Christoffer

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Take port side on this cruise, starboard on the next and after that aft cabin :grin