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Wilba - Answered a Question by Cook (02 Dec 08 14:07)

If you were going one way transatlantic there would be an advantage regarding sunshine & shade, but around the Caribbean Islands, I can't think of one good reason to choose between port & starboard. Maybe someone else may have a different view....Regards Wilba.

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Cook - replied to Wilba (02 Dec 08 14:32)

Thanks Wilba, Looks like it wont make a difference which side........just thought i would ask.....Vicki.

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Neil & Ida Down - replied to Wilba (02 Dec 08 15:39)

Yes Vicki, I'm with Wilba, as usual. There are times when one view, when docked, is better than the other but this is never an exact science. If you are doing the Barbados, Antigua, Grand Turk, Cayo Levantado, St. Kitts, St. Lucia, St. Maarten, Tortola, Dominica, St. Vincent, Barbados cruise then my inclination for the better docked views would be Port but several of them will probably be anchored ports and tender in so then it's pot luck. ......Neil.

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Godfrey - replied to Wilba (06 Dec 08 12:20)

Which we did. We were starboard, port would have meant we couldn't use the balcony it was too hot!

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Bavister - Answered a Question by Cook (02 Dec 08 20:26)

We always go port side but this is because when you are in port you are facing where the ship docks. However you could argue that you would prefer to face out towards the water than in towards the land!! It used to be Port out and starboard home and this is where the word POSH came from because this is what the monied people did!!! Have a great time.

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Wilba - replied to Bavister (02 Dec 08 20:40)

Always docks port side???? No no no!!!

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Bavister - replied to Wilba (03 Dec 08 10:22)

I have never been on a cruise that docked starboard side.

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Wilba - replied to Bavister (03 Dec 08 11:10)

Read Morris's reply. I think you may have been lucky or unlucky depending on your point of view....Regards Wilba.

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morris - Answered a Question by Cook (02 Dec 08 22:31)

We did the Transatlantic on Ventura last month and were on the port side and in roughly half the ports in the Caribbean we were dock side and the other half sea side so it really doesnt make any difference!!

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Neil & Ida Down - replied to morris (03 Dec 08 15:24)

It is dependant mainly on which ports as to which side faces the docks, I was looking at the ports for this cruise and guessing on that basis. And for the Bavisters: POSH, although there is some doubt as to it's derivation, seems to come from the fact that on the run to and from India the cooler side of the ship was the preferred side because there was no air conditioning. So the side that faced north was the side to be on, going to India, that is travelling east, the port side faced north and was the cooler side and the reverse applied coming home from India. This is the only time, apart from briefly when a run to and from Hong Kong was in vogue, that port out, starboard home was applied. If you are doing a Trans Atlantic crossing the opposite would apply because that is west out and east return and it would never be as hot as the India run. Port has always been the side on the lest of the ship when facing forward never changing when the ship is docked. .... Neil .

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