I have never ever paid attention to which side of the ship my cabin was on - just booked the best deal I could get with a balcony (my better half insists on a balcony). But on my last two cruises - I realized I'd been missing out on some outstanding views right from my cabin. Port Out and Starboard Home can avoid having to get dressed and run out to the other side of the ship for sunrise/sunset views of the shoreline. Particularly played a role viewing wildlife in AK and some of the more stunning landscapes around the horn. Can't imagine why it took so long to figure this out...

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In the past we have booked our balcony cabins on the port side of the ship because the starboard side of the ship had outdoor the smoking areas. This recently backfired on us, because the Dream had the Lani smoking on the port side (just below us) and the designated smoking on the upper decks on the starboard side, so neither side was better Also the "port out and starboard home", which coined the term P.O.S.H., was made popular when sailing from England to/from India with no air conditioning available on the ships...not necessarily helpful when sailing to the Caribbean on modern ships.

I dunno about the air conditioning - but the view is a lot more varied portside - unless all you want is water - which is okay too - I mean after all - you are on a cruise...

I have learned a lot by observing certain paths a ship will take coming to port. It depends on the direction of where it came from. For example when I left port Canaveral. We sailed from the north end having Mexico to the starboard and Cozumel to the port. I was on the port side on purpose knowing which ways ships approach. Try using Marine Traffic or Veaselfinder websites. You can track anywhere or time it is.

Thanks - worth a try - I always seem to choose the wrong line at the supermarket - or passport control, for that matter! Going around the Horn though, Port was the thing.

Since all my cruises to date have been round trips, I figure I have the best side at least half the time!Big Smile

(BTW, Port Out Starboard Home is an urban legend. According to this legend, the saying was used in the late 1800s. The term POSH did not come into use until around the 1920s.)

I just read that last night. All this time I believed it to be true. It's still a good story.Crying

We spend so little time in our room that it doesn't matter what side of the ship we are on. Su rises from an upper deck outside are amazing! We enjoyed being right at the front of the ship with a small deck outside of our room on the Sunshine last week.

Since we usually book inside cabins it does not really matter port or starboard. But I do spend a lot of time on the promenade deck when sailing in and out of port.Big Smile

We've got our first indoor cabin booking coming up in May. Looking forward to it as a trial for another short cruise that same month. We're playing around with routes to and from the ship to keep the total cost (parking, shuttle, cab and cruise) waaay down just to see how low we can go.

Port out and Starboard home only has to do with the direction of the sun during the day. Do you want it sunny in the morning or hot in the afternoon?


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