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Old 02-02-2011, 09:02 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Port or Starboard?

I will be booking the Magic 7 night western (verandah) this weekend and do not know if I should book port or starboard. Our last cruise on the Wonder, we had a port side room, which placed us looking at the dock at Castaway Cay. I think I would have preferred a view of the beach. Anyone remember how the boat faces for each of the western ports? (Key West, Cozumel, Castaway Cay.) I think I remember reading the boat tenders in Grand Cayman...so that matters less being out in the ocean. I also heard you can see the fireworks off of the starboard side. Is that true? Thanks for the help!

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I would book a room on the starboard side You'll have better views at CC (unless there are weather/maintenance issues preventing the ship from backing in). The fireworks do go off on the starboard side as well.
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We were on the Western Caribbean itinerary with a Port side room. Grand Cayman is a tender port. Port side was facing out to sea--had a great view--in Key West and Cozumel.

We also had a Port side room for our Mexican Riviera Cruise and could see Los Arcos from our verandah in Cabo!

For some reason, we have had a Port side room for 3 Disney cruises so far, and will have another Port side room for our 4th cruise--which will be on the Dream.

Maybe we will do all the itineraries with a Port side room and then repeat with a Starboard side room! Wouldn't that be grand!?!

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We were Port side on our Western. We were looking right at CC (not the dock) on our trip. Cozumel I think we were the dock. Grand Cayman didn't matter, you tendered in (we were away from the dock/tender side).
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Guess I will be in the minority and say as long as I am on the boat the side of the ship to me doesn't matter. Any view is great, on the dock side I can people watch and when at sea the ocean is the ocean. On the non dock side sure I might see the ocean or the beaches but to me it doesn't matter that I see that.

I book a room based on its location to the activities I plan or hope to do most. We prefer Midship rooms close to the elevator so that its an easy trip up to the pool decks or down to the clubs.

We have stayed Port and Starboard. Both times we had the same view because we backed in twice and pulled in once to Castaway Cay. So I was glad I wasn't set on a "view" because the Captains seemed to have the choice of backing or pulling in.
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Guess I will be in the minority and say as long as I am on the boat the side of the ship to me doesn't matter. Any view is great, on the dock side I can people watch and when at sea the ocean is the ocean. On the non dock side sure I might see the ocean or the beaches but to me it doesn't matter that I see that.

I book a room based on its location to the activities I plan or hope to do most. We prefer Midship rooms close to the elevator so that its an easy trip up to the pool decks or down to the clubs.

We have stayed Port and Starboard. Both times we had the same view because we backed in twice and pulled in once to Castaway Cay. So I was glad I wasn't set on a "view" because the Captains seemed to have the choice of backing or pulling in.
Amy,

I agree!

How can you go wrong with either side? You're ON A DISNEY CRUISE! No complaints!
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OK... so this is going sound really dumb! How do I know which side I'm on? We have an assigned stateroom, but I never even thought of starboard or port! We just considered the deck and location within the ship!
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OK... so this is going sound really dumb! How do I know which side I'm on? We have an assigned stateroom, but I never even thought of starboard or port! We just considered the deck and location within the ship!
Port is the left side of the ship (when facing forward-towards the front of the ship) and Starboard is the right side. An easy way to remember is that port has 4 letters, just like left

And I'm with Amy, who cares what side I'm on! I too pick my room for ship location, I prefer something more midship because I feel less movement there and it's convenient. In fact when booking my next 2 cruises (I know!) I ended up going up several categories because there were no midship rooms available in the less expensive categories. I'm sure I'll survive...lol
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We were on the starboard side of the Dream on the inaugural cruise, and on fireworks night we had a letter in our stateroom saying to basically keep everything off the verandah, keep the door closed, and don't go out on the verandah during the show. That being said, I love having the view of Castaway Cay.
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