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Old October 28th, 2004, 04:25 PM
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Default Stupid question - port always on portside?

I know this is probably the stupidest question anyone has ever asked, but do cruise ships always dock on the port side of the ship? If so, is there a reason other than just tradition (not that nautical tradition is anything to take lightly.) I just got upgraded to a balcony room on the starboard side and am wondering if it is better to overlook the water or the port. Any thoughts?
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Old October 28th, 2004, 07:46 PM
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Default Re: Stupid question - port always on portside?

Ships do not dock on the port side they actually never have. The side they dock on is detemined by the berth they enter. Some of them require that they face port and some require they face starboard.

In my case it seems that they always dock so my cabin is facing the port. Giving me a lovely view of the top of a warehouse. That's why I like aft cabins. :-)

Not a stupid question. It was the way it worked in the old days.

BTW: Starboard came from "Steerboard". The steering board or oar was held on the right side of the ship or boat. There are a few ideas about where port came from but the most common is that in early shipping days it was the most common side to tie up.

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Old October 28th, 2004, 07:50 PM
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I know this. The port side of the ship is the left side when you are looking forward to the bow or the front of the ship. You can rerember this by this. Left and Port both have 4 letters.

I think this. Yes the ship a;ways dock port side. i don't remember any doors on the starboard side.

I really don/t see any difference in the ride. We had a port side cabin in Alaska and when we docked in, I think, Haines our window was below the land and when the tide came in our windo was above the land. With a balcony I really don't see any problem.

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Old October 28th, 2004, 08:07 PM
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Default Re: Stupid question - port always on portside?

Ummm, I'd listen to Mike if I were you.

It's a complete crapshoot as to the side of the ship that faces the pier. There are "doors" on both sides of the ship.
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Old October 28th, 2004, 09:18 PM
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Default Re: Stupid question - port always on portside?

Just to clarify this: Here's a picture from our photo gallery.

The Century and a Holland America ship are in port at St. Thomas. Note they are at the pier on the "Starboard" side.



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Old October 28th, 2004, 10:07 PM
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Default Re: Re: Stupid question - port always on portside?

Mike, Thanks for the info and the etymology. Ther's just no arguing with a visual aid. Thanks again!

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Old October 28th, 2004, 10:14 PM
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Hendrick--

Mike is right and I'm sure his photo is legitimate.

However, as to your observation that "there's no arguing with a visual aid," I would simply say that it would take me about two minutes with Photoshop to flop that photo so that it appeared to be docked to port. These days, visual aids are no more argument-proof than words.
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Old October 29th, 2004, 12:40 AM
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Good point AR. I'm glad I don't have money riding on this :-)
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Old October 30th, 2004, 12:13 AM
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If I remember correctly , At the miami terminal I was dock starboard

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Old October 30th, 2004, 07:50 PM
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Gosh, not a stupid question! I like to be able to look at the port where we're at out from our balcony. I've asked my TA before before booking about each port. Do they dock port or starboard? Sounds like each port is different. Personally I think it would be nice to know exactly how they "park" at each port. Then I can decide which side of the ship I want my room. Now that may sound stupid to some! ha ha..
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Default Re: Stupid question - port always on portside?

bigsky - a lot depends on sea and wind conditions, which way the port authority tells you to go (can change day to day and week to week) and sometimes just the Captain's whim! There are no guarantees....even in Port Everglades, I have seen Princess ships usually docked on the starboard side, but once in awhile it is the port side next to the dock...so go figure!

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