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Old January 25th, 2010, 02:37 PM
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Question best sail-away ports of embarkation

What is everyone's favorite port to sail away from. I'm not factoring in air transportation issues, or the staff, or even the queue to board, simply how lovely or interesting that port is to leave from.
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(1) New York ( Manhattan) Is there are city center more spectacular than Manhattan? The skyline, the Empire State building, Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island, Coney Island, and going under the Verrazano Narrows Bridge. Passing by the site of the World Trade sure put a lump in my throat.
(2) Old San Juan...more European than Caribbean . The city walls...El Morro fortress, San Cristobal...that lighthouse at the very tip of the island as we departed. Old world ambiance at it's best.
(3) Vancouver...Canada Place is a fascinating structure...going under the Lion's Gate Bridge...Stanley Park on the port side.
(4) New Orleans...ship leaves from the historic tourist area. Passing by the Chalmette Battlefield where the War of 1812 was fought. Much to see on both sides of the "Old Man" going downstream.
Who Dat gonna beat dem Saints Super Bowl...finally !!
(5) Mobile...ship leaves from the historic city center... Fort Conde across I-10.. Some interesting shipyards on the way out to sea...some big big ships in drydock.
(6) Fort Lauderdale...love those condo/apartment towers that are near the channel as ships goes to sea. Can wave hello to locals on their balconies.
(7) Miami...simular to Fort Lauderdale
( 8 ) Seattle....a lovely city...Space Needle...Mount Rainer in the distance.
Too bad my cruise ( Oosterdam in 2004) was docked out at the freight yard, and thus I could see very little of the beautiful area. The only thing worth a photo was a ship from China unloading cargo. The skyline of Seattle appeared only briefly and from a distance, then nothing but sea from then on out.
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My Faves are: San Juan..Love the forts, and the iconic sentry guard staions.

Lauderdale and the condo's make for a fun send off..one time when the ship blared the horn, all the car alarms went off in the condo parking lots...lots of scrambling going on

St Thomas...love the ships line up, and, all the ritzy resorts..

Does anyone remember the confetti sailaways..? I think we had one of the last ones;(
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I remember a sail-a-way from NYC to Bermuda with confetti, etc. That was a memorable cruise. Also, when we drove friends to NYC pier in late 70's and were allowed to go onto the ship for a bon voyage party. Those were the days!
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San Francisco is my favorite. It's fun to pass under the Golden Gate Bridge and the sourdough bread in SFO is the best. Youtube video of the Mariner of the seas going under the bridge.
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Plus you have the Sea Lions that hang out at the dock at fishermen's wharf or take a precruise trip to Alcatraz island. Need to go shopping pop on BART (Bay Area Rapid Transit) and head to Union Square.

At the Christmas time Union Square has great decorations. Including these guys. Every year at Christmas time Macys gives the SPCA a couple of windows to help homeless cats and dogs get adopted. What other port does all that?

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Since I joined the cruising world too late, I missed out completely on those famous confetti send-offs. Much the pity.
The Love Boat always left Los Angeles with a huge confetti party.
Oh I'm sure San Francisco does make a memorable embarkation port as well, with the Golden Gate Bridge and the skyline.
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No confetti for me either. No shooting clay pigeon soff the back of the ship. No people who aren't guests on board ship to send you off. That one would have been cool. New Orleans or New York city sound like fun places to start a cruise.
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My favorite isn't listed, but it's TAMPA. GREAT fun sailing under the SkyWay bridge.
Second would be Ft. Lauderdale, with the folks in the condo's blowing air horns, and waving.

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Well, I've only said from two ports, one was Port Canaveral and the other Tampa. I really enjoyed going under the Skyway Bridge. The bridge is beautiful at night and it looks like you just will not make it. Lots of people on deck all cheering when we did go under.
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I've never seen a confetti sailaway~that would be so much fun!

One of my favorites was embarking in San Juan~if you could fit the liquor you bought in the port shop in your carry~on you could take it with you. Made for a very alcohol cheap cruise And the sailaway party was a blast as well
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I've never seen a confetti sailaway~that would be so much fun!

One of my favorites was embarking in San Juan~if you could fit the liquor you bought in the port shop in your carry~on you could take it with you. Made for a very alcohol cheap cruise And the sailaway party was a blast as well
I see from your cruise-clock that you are going to Mediterranean on your honeymoon.
Congratulations on your upcoming marriage....or new marriage...or second honeymoon whatever the case may be. ;-)
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1. NEW YORK CITY: Although not tropical in the least, which is why cruises appeal to me, sailing down the Hudson River in NYC (despite the murky water) and past all of what NY has to see from the river itself is worth the price of admission.

2. TAMPA: Once you get out of the channelside area and the site of the oil and gas tanks, the view becomes quite scenic and relaxing. Yes, the view sailing under the Sunshine Skyway Bridge is not to be missed either.
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CAn't beat sailing out of San Juan, passing the fort, just something special about it. Unfortunately, its always a later sail away, so its dark.

Ft. Laucerdale is pretty special too because of the condo's, they truly send you off in style.
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San Juan was fun. We sailed away from there at 2:00AM aboard Festivale all the ships in the port were lit up and the bands were playing. Very festive and fun.
I also enjoyed Ft Lauderdale on Carnival Liberty. The people in the condos waving as we passed.
Miami is always fun as there are always other ships leaving at the same time everyone is having a great time.

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We like Galveston. It's a destination unto itself and the cruise port is right downtown. We try to go a few days early or stay a few days after the cruise as an "extra" trip !
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