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Old July 12th, 2006, 09:35 PM
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Default What side of the ship is better: Starboard or Port?

We are sailing on the 7 day cruise on Holland America Cruise from San Diego to Mexico next spring and would like to know which is the better side of the ship. I hear different answers but for a newbie what side do you get the best bang for your buck? Thanks
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Old July 13th, 2006, 10:12 AM
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Port side will give you some views of the shore line on the trip down but in most instances you won't be real close to see great detail. Coming back you will be farther out and traveling at higher rates of speed so go with port if you have a choice but either side will be adequate.

You will also be doing most of your traveling at night.

There will be no difference in terms of stability, cabins size, accessibility, etc.

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Old July 13th, 2006, 11:08 AM
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exactly what Mike said.
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Old July 14th, 2006, 07:38 PM
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Default Itinerary matters

For me, the itinerary determines on which side of a ship I will book a cabin.
So far, starboard has been the best chioce for the cruises we have taken. We enjoy being on the side of the ship that is closest to the shoreline and to the piers in the ports. That way we can sit on our balcony and and watch the docking process, and people-watch when we are in port.
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