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

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It doesn't matter, you probably won't be spending much time there anyway. You'll probably be by the pool or out exploring.

I’ve learned location from front/middle/or rear can make a huge impact on your sailings. But I’m prior navy so I’m used to walking sideways on a ship.😎 Starboard or port hasn’t made a difference for me.

You never know which side of the ship will be facing the port, in many cases. We choose our cabin for the cabin, regardless of whether it is port or starboard. We look at layout and location.

We usually prefer port side for an odd quirk of mine. At the start of a cruise I tend to wake very early (5 or 6 ish) while at the end I am better able to sleep a bit longer (say 7 or 8 ish). Probably because I am more keyed up at the start and more relaxed at the end. In our case as we usually sail out of NY and head south the first 2 days (sea days) the port side of the ship faces east to the open sea and sunrise whereas the last day or 2 (also sea days) the port side faces west so coast and sunset view.

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