The " port" side of a SHIP, not boat, is the left hand side facing foward. However the ship will not always tie up to the pier with the port side next to the pier. In St. Thomas for example, the ships I have been on always tied up with the "starboard" side next to the pier.
2002 Celebrity " Galaxy"
2007" Explorer of the Seas
2011 " Pride"
The side of the ship that will face the port can change between cruises. It depends on what time the ship arrives and which berth they are assigned. It really makes no difference if your cabin is on the left (port) or starboard (right).
In regard to terminology. Port is the left side of the ship when facing the bow. Starboard is the right side of ship when facing the bow. The stern is the back of the ship. Forward is toward the front and aft is toward the back. The bow is the front of the ship.
Have a great cruise.
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Carnival: Glory 2004, Destiny 2008, Splendor 2009, Freedom 2011, Valor 2012
Celebrity: Summit 2011
Princess: Ruby 2010, Caribbean 2013
Normally the port, (left side), of the ship, the cabin numbers will be even numbers. On the Starboard, (right side), of the ship your cabin numbers will usually be odd numbers. From my Navy days...the only boats are lifeboats, small boats and submarines...but we use to call submarines targets. (My Destroyer days).
We almost always reserve a port side balcony stateroom. I normally can take the best photographs from that side.
We love anything assocated with crusing and traveling. We are retired U.S. Navy...and loving it, "Been there...done that"! (almost).
MS Carnival Glory 11/2010
MS Carnival Liberty 11/2007
MS Carnival Spirit 10/2006
MS Carnival Victory 12/2005
MS Star Princess 12/2002
MS Carnival Victory 12/2000
USS Bristol County, LST 1198, 1980-1982
USS Turner Joy, DD951, 1973-1978