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Old August 27th, 2004, 06:56 AM
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Default port or starboard?

(1) Has anyone seen a pattern concerning "which side" of a ship is facing the dock or pier in ports?

(2) Do the ships always, sometimes, never: anchor or dock with the bow pointing toward land?

Hey, if you don't ask you'll never know and a "minute" here may make a weeks worth of difference!

You folks are terrific, thank you.

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Old August 27th, 2004, 08:07 AM
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Default Re: port or starboard?

it all depends upon which side of the ship the gangways are on. It does seem that most ships dock in bow first.
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Old August 27th, 2004, 11:35 AM
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Default Re: port or starboard?

Keep in mind there are gangways on both sides of the ship.

Are you referring to a specific itinerary? Someone may have a specific response for you.
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Old August 27th, 2004, 03:46 PM
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Default Re: port or starboard?

This reminds me of a time on one of the Celebrity ships when a couple sat down next to us on the starboard side of the pool deck. He lit up a cigar, and I politely told him that smoking was on the port side. He said, "This IS the port side. We docked with this side of the ship at the port". Obviously a first time cruiser!
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Old August 27th, 2004, 03:49 PM
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Default Re: Re: port or starboard?

No offense meant. We were ALL first time cruisers once!
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Old August 28th, 2004, 02:43 PM
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Default Re: port or starboard?

Tanman and others - Good point on being specific, here goes ...

Eastern and Southern Caribbean itinerary (combination of 3 were considering) : St Kitts, Barbados, Grenada, St Thomas, La Guaira, Antigua, Aruba, and Curacao.

Thanks for the feedback.

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Old September 22nd, 2004, 12:03 PM
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Default Re: Re: port or starboard?

Those I know of...

Barbados--starboard side likely to face land across the harbor, port side to face the dock and sea beyond
St. Thomas--starboard side to face dock, BUT port side has better view ocross the harbor to the town of Charlotte Amalie!
Antigua--bow points straight into land (pier juts straight out into the harbor)

Sorry for the lengthy delay...hope the info helps a bit.
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Old September 22nd, 2004, 01:21 PM
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Default Re: port or starboard?

What side is port and what side is star
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Old September 22nd, 2004, 03:36 PM
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Default Re: port or starboard?

On CP Western Caribbean, we had tender for Princess Cays & Grand Cayman.

For Monetgo Bay, we docked starboard side.
For Cozumel, we docked port side (could have very well had been starboard).

At Cozumel, there are 2 piers cruise ships can dock - one's further away from the main shopping mall while the other is directly across the street from it. We got lucky and were allocated the closer pier. The pier can accomadate 2 ships and it did for the two days - Carnival had the Sensation & Paradise docked starboard side, across the pier from us.
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Old September 22nd, 2004, 06:43 PM
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Default Re: Re: port or starboard?

As you are standing midships and facing the front, port is on your left and starboard is on your right. A teacher's trick the word port and the word left each have 4 letters, keep them together.

Joy
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Old September 22nd, 2004, 07:46 PM
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Default Re: port or starboard?

Having been on 25 cruises, worked on ships for 50 years and have contracts with major tanker companies, 80% of the time the ship will tie up starboard side to the dock or pier. Ships very rarely tie up with bow in. Hopes this helps
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