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Old 04-24-2013, 02:03 PM   #1
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Port or Starboard - Does it matter?

We've decide to book a veranda cabin for our cruise and I was wondering if it matters what side of the ship you are on. Are there things you can see on one side that you can see on the other?
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We've decide to book a veranda cabin for our cruise and I was wondering if it matters what side of the ship you are on. Are there things you can see on one side that you can see on the other?
Which itinerary are you on? That might make a difference in terms of whether your cabin will have a view of the port when docked or not - subject to whether or not the ship "backs in" or pulls in frontways. We enjoy people watching so having a cabin that is on the side where the ship typically faces the pier is fun for us.
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Old 04-24-2013, 02:13 PM   #3
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Old 04-24-2013, 02:14 PM   #4
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We've decide to book a veranda cabin for our cruise and I was wondering if it matters what side of the ship you are on. Are there things you can see on one side that you can see on the other?
You can only see the Left side of the ship from the Port Side and you can only see the Right side of the ship from the Starboard side.

You can check your ports and figure ot what you will be able to see on each side. Some people like looking out at the ocean in the port and some like looking at the island or city. In Alaska it goes up and comes back the same way so you will get to see everything. Panama Canal the best view is from the front and back of the ship. The biggest difference to me is Castaway Cay. I would want to see the bay. Someone else will have to tell you if that is port or starboard.
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Old 04-24-2013, 02:19 PM   #5
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The ships usually back into Castaway Cay, so the starboard (right) side would face the bay. Unless the ship is doing some sort of maintenance or safety drill for the crew that makes it necessary to pull straight into the dock.
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We've decide to book a veranda cabin for our cruise and I was wondering if it matters what side of the ship you are on. Are there things you can see on one side that you can see on the other?
Starboard side faces Castaway Cay beaches, port side faces the pier. The ships pretty much always back in at CC. I've seen a few pictures of the ships moored head in at CC, but we've always been backed in when we've been there. Ships don't always get the same berth in some ports of call (take Nassau, for instance), so there's no guarantee that a certain side will be on the pier side.
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The ships usually back into Castaway Cay, so the starboard (right) side would face the bay. Unless the ship is doing some sort of maintenance or safety drill for the crew that makes it necessary to pull straight into the dock.
When I was searching to see what side I found these video's of each side of CC. It shows you what you can see from each side when you are stuck at CC because of weather.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4t44d-LabYI

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7Ff1kKSXBQQ
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You can check your ports and figure ot what you will be able to see on each side. Some people like looking out at the ocean in the port and some like looking at the island or city. In Alaska it goes up and comes back the same way so you will get to see everything. Panama Canal the best view is from the front and back of the ship. The biggest difference to me is Castaway Cay. I would want to see the bay. Someone else will have to tell you if that is port or starboard.
What's the best way to do this?

I looked at the map on the DCL website. It looks like the majority of the islands would be seen from the Port side as we are sailing.
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What's the best way to do this?

I looked at the map on the DCL website. It looks like the majority of the islands would be seen from the Port side as we are sailing.
I am a computer programmer and I spend much of my day on Google. What I did to figure out is Google "cruise ship port Disney St. Maarten" and look at the Images that are returned of Disney ships in port. The other way is what you are doing, ask people on the DISboard. They will tell you what they know. Everything can change based on weather and what ships are in port.
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Starboard side faces Castaway Cay beaches, port side faces the pier. The ships pretty much always back in at CC. I've seen a few pictures of the ships moored head in at CC, but we've always been backed in when we've been there. Ships don't always get the same berth in some ports of call (take Nassau, for instance), so there's no guarantee that a certain side will be on the pier side.
I watched us dock from the BBB deck on our last trip to CC and enjoyed being able to see both views. The view of CC from the starboard side was nice, but I really enjoyed watching us leave from the port side both times we were there. The CM's waving with their big old Mickey Hands is cute.

I was making myself crazy with the choice for our upcoming Panama Canal trip and finally picked starboard for two reasons. You can see the fireworks from the starboard verandahs and, I think, the sun will be stronger on the port side (south) on the actual canal crossing day. If I'm wrong on that one, we'll just watch from one of the decks. I'm a big big big Deck 4 fan, so I'll just park myself there.

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We were port side on our recent Fantasy sailing. Yes, our view was of the pier at Castaway Cay, but we didn't spend any time on the boat really there. Our view of St. Thomas though was of the bay and it was soooo nice. We got back to the ship that day around 3, and DH and I sat out on the verandah and read and just took it all in. Super relaxing.
Another point to consider about Castaway Cay is this....we had never been there before (this was our first DCL cruise) and I had not read this anywhere. We were out on the verandah as the ship was pulling out. Several CM's stood on the pier with their Mickey gloves on and waved goodbye to us. Many folks (including DH and me) were yelling "BYE!" and "THANK YOU" and the CM's were yelling back to us. And at the end....the CM's all bowed to us! And everyone standing on their verandahs or on any decks facing them just started clapping. It was a very moving moment and I'm not ashamed to say it brought tears to my eyes. Probably sounds cheesy in translation, but it was one of my favorite moments on the cruise because it was unexpected and it was so....."Disney".

Finally - port side, you get AMAZING sunrises from your verandah as you travel down to the islands and AMAZING sunsets as you travel back to Port Canaveral. Did I mention they were AMAZING???
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