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Old August 8th, 2003, 04:44 PM
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Default What side is port side?

I read that you should try to get port side of the ship for your room. What side is that?
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Old August 8th, 2003, 05:32 PM
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Default Re: What side is port side?

Imagine standing at the back of the ship and facing toward the front. The left is the port side. As to whether or not it's the better side, it's all a matter of opinion.
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Old August 8th, 2003, 05:38 PM
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The port side is the left side as you face the bow, or front, of the ship.

What you may have heard was an old story about the origin of the word POSH. According to this, the 19th century british, sailing to India, prefered to ride POSH or Port Outbound Starboard Home. The reason for this is because the north side of the ship was more sheltered on the route to India. Other routes might have a different "best side" depending on weather and direction.

see: http://www.suite101.com/welcome.cfm/luxury_travel
and for the debate : http://www.merriam-webster.com/service/posh.htm

Whether port or starboard, on a cruise you often do not see your cabin much.

Have fun,

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Old August 9th, 2003, 06:37 PM
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Default Re: Re: What side is port side?

A simple method of remembering port and starboard is when your facing the front (pointy end) port is on the left side. Remember port and left both have 4 letters in their spelling. If it doesn't have 4 letters you on the other side (starboard).
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