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Depends where you are going. Think POSH - port out, starboard home for people who travelled to India in colonial days; this was to be in the shade so that the cabins would not get too hot by having the sun on them for most of the day.Of course, we have air conditioning now so it's a matter of choice and if you have a balcony.
POSH - Port Outbound Starboard Homeward. A myth about sea travellers sailing to the Far East in days before Air Conditioning, as they chose a cabin on those sides of the ship to stay shaded in the hot conditions. As for a whizz around the Med I cant see any benefits whatsoever. My choice of cabin is determined by being as close as poss to a stairwell & lift, in a vertical line to the eateries.
Agree entirely. We had our first cruise in Dec 07 (Caribbean/QM2). Our starboard cabin was midships directly opposite the lifts/stairwell and only one deck below the Promenade deck/Kings Court, could'nt have been easier. With QM2 docking in Brooklyn, we had a great view of the 'Statue'on leaving NY. Drink in hand , own balcony, how good does it get!! Will be on QV (Med-Home) end Nov, (Princess this time as our 25th Anniversary) and were advised, as you suggest, that the best views varied from port to starboard, so location is not a problem. Enjoy your cruising. Ernest Waites.
What itinerary? Transatlantic there is a specific side balcony to request. Most other itineraries it doesn't matter - and assume you are aware that 'port' does not mean the side the ship docks in port?
No advantage to either Port or Starboard, although if you are visiting New York and want to see the Statue of Liberty from your own balcony as you sail into port then you would need to book the correct side. I haven't done this but I sure some others have, and will comment as to whether it should be Port or Starboard.
If your inbound to New York, Liberty will be on your Port Side.
But if you are going to dock at Cape Liberty,NJ then the statue will be on your starboard side as you come under the Verrezano...
You need port for sailing out of Venice, port for leaving Naples to see Vesuvius but actually the aft balcony solves all problems as you see both sides!
Look at the map of your cruise and decide whether you want the sun on your balcony most of the day, or not. An out and back journey usually evens it out.
For a full transit Panama Canal cruise in either direction I would always book a balcony on the PORT side as ships "drive on the right" so to speak, so you get to wave and cheer other ships as they pass in the opposite direction.