Doesn't really matter, in my opinion. Every time we've left out of the Port of Manhattan, we've been on the top deck so we can walk from side to side and get pictures of the city on the port side and the Statue of Liberty on the Starboard side. If you stay on your balcony, you'll miss one or the other.
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