Both ways I'm afraid, depending where & how it docks.
'Port' side does not mean the side that the ship docks in port, it just means the left hand side of the ship. You can never predict what side a ship will dock, it depends on many factors, such as tides, what other ships are in port, who has to leave the port first. Personally I always pick an Aft balcony and have the best of both worlds with a 180 panorama.
History Lesson 101: Ships originally called it starboard for right and larboard for left, but as these two words sound similar, larboard was changed to be port in 1867 as less mistakeable in sound for starboard’.
What is an AFT balcony ?
One at the very back.
Its always best to have a balcony that faces outwards to port or starboard, for'd or aft. There will be days when the sun is on the other side or the wind is blowing straight into your balcony, but hey, you cant win em all. Try for a high up deck well above the lifeboats and then if the view is not to your choice it is probably only a case of going up one companionway and transiting athwartships to sample the view on the other side or go up for'ard to look over the fo'csle or back aft to see over the stern. Once you've done a few cruises you will instinctively know which cabin to book. Regarding berthing, the ship will always be berthed to Port or Stbd. Only really small ships berth stern-to and then only in small meditteranean ports. There may be 2 gangways though, one for disembarkation and one for embarkation and just to make it complicated you may find the ship at anchor which will mean queing to get onto a tender( Motor Boat) which may be boarded from the for'd or aft boarding ports to port or stbd side. These will tend to be on a deck relatively close to the waterline. During the day this may change as the ship swings on the wind or tide. You may have to board the tender to its port or stbd side but ,hey, just follow the crews instructions and it will all come clear.
Love the cheek !!!!!!!!!!!
Have you been drinking the profits again and with two entries I guess that's what they call a double measure.... I've heard about you folks in Fareham, my mother warned me about you. .... Neil.