Port or Starboard

Cruising south from Buenos Aires around South America to the Panama Canal, which side of the ship is more preferable & why? Port (left) or starboard (right). I realize there are advantages & disadvantages to both depending whether at sea or in port. Thanks - Marty, Venice, Florida

14 Answers

I see no advantages of one over the other. We have been on 11 cruises alternating our balcony position. Just because you are on port side does not necessarily mean that your cabin will face the port on all docking destinations or so we found.

If inside or a port hole there is not that much difference but if you have a balcony there can be. To me the main advantage is in what you can see. If it is a round trip where you take the same route both ways then you will have shore to see going one way but not the other where as if you are sailing from Buenos Aries to the Panama Canal I would prefer port side as it is shore facing so you can see more from your balcony.

Had to throw my .02 in.....I don't know why, but we always take a starboard balcony...tried a port side couple years ago just because....we felt uncomfortable, so did she (doesn't matter where the ship was going)...weird...and...we got used to the bed facing aft instead of forward, THAT doesn't seem to matter.....anybody else with these...umm...peculiarities??

I usually prefer the port side, but I do not know why. I am equally as comfortable on the starboard side.

This question is related to the British term POSH. When sailing from England to India, for a large portion of the trip the view of land was on the Port side. On returning back to England, the Starboard side had the best view. Therefore, experienced travelers when booking accommodation would request cabins on the Port going Out and Starboard coming Home. This led to the acronym POSH also meaning the best.

Outstanding info!! who knew?? I guess if we knew the view would be so massively different we would take that into consideration...as it is, most of the time it doesn't much matter...we've been in ports that were so ugly and dingy we actually PREFERRED a view "out to sea"....I think the thrust of my question had more to do with the old mystery of which shoe you put on first?....theres lots of things humans do that we aren't even aware of and can't explain why we do it....(this really is more fun than covid isn't it??? heheheh)

The story I heard was that the trip from England to India the sun made the Starboard side hot (before air conditioned cabins) so the most wealthy would choose the Port side (the cooler side) going to India and reverse the choice when returning. After awhile the pursers would abbreviate it to POSH (Port Out Starboard Home). Either way, someone didn't get to be posh.Wink

If you just go up on deck, you can go to either side. Problem solved.

I don't believe I've ever gone UP on deck.

Doesn't matter because ships don't always dock on port side anymore. Research for the cabin you want and enjoy.


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