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Old July 12th, 2006, 09:54 PM
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Default Newbie: Which side of the ship is better; Port or starboard?

We are planning a 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. Also front, middle or back 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 12th, 2006, 10:11 PM
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Really doesn't matter which side you are on - port or starboard. We just seem to always book the port side - even numbers are easier to remember for us "old" folks

A lot of cruisers prefer the middle of the ship, but we have always found that it's much quieter at the back. Definitely would never book at the front because if it's rough then you'll feel it.

I always remember a Cruise Director telling me that the best cabins to be in if it's rough are low and in the middle.

I am sure whichever cabin you choose you will have a great time.
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Old July 12th, 2006, 11:00 PM
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We prefer port side, but it really makes little difference, same with location: yes, lower down and mid ship will have less rocking; we too like the aft part because it is quieter. Last Sept we got what was available on the new NCL Jewel crossing the north Atlantic: the best cruise of our lives, but by far the noisiest and rockiest. Where were we? Almost the furtherst front cabin they had. To do the itinerary again, I would probably do the cabin again, but boy was it an adventure. NMNIta
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Old July 12th, 2006, 11:25 PM
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For that cruise, amidships, port side. Outbound the land will be on your left. If you can afford it a verandah is well worth it too.
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Old July 13th, 2006, 12:00 PM
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Originally Posted by richstacy
For that cruise, amidships, port side. Outbound the land will be on your left. If you can afford it a verandah is well worth it too.
We did the Oo for Mexico...YES!! If at all possible get a verandah....beyond wonderful, especially sailing into port.

Nothing beats the excitment of sitting or standing on your own veranda with a cup of coffee early early in the morning as you sail into a new port!!!!!!!!!!!

Can't wait for our next cruise! 8)
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