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Old 08-20-2008, 09:22 PM
 
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Which side of the ship typically faces the pier while docked? I assume it is the Port side of the ship but wanted to be sure before booking my cabin on the Miracle.

If I book a cabin on the Port side of the ship, is it gauranteed that my balcony will be facing the pier? Or, does it depend on the port/island?

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If I book a cabin on the Port side of the ship, is it gauranteed that my balcony will be facing the pier? Or, does it depend on the port/island?
No, I would research your particular ship and itinerary for the docking history. And even that can change. The bottom line is NO, it is not guaranteed that the Port side will be facing the pier.

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Thanks Dwayne. Any idea how I might research how the Miracle docks?
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I honestly wouldn't worry about what side of the ship your on. Many of ports you really aren't looking at anything but a building where you dock.
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They also will alternate it on occasion so maintenance, painting, and cleaning can be performed on the side facing outboard. As Cruise Fanatic said, the usual sight is just some buildings, lines of buses and cabs, etc. It simply isn't a factor to use in cabin selection for your cruise.
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Thanks for your advice.

Dave, I really enjoy watching the activities in Port and it's always fun to watch the late arrivals sprint down the pier. I agree, it's not the most important factor to consider when booking a balcony but one worth thinking about for me. According to my TA, it's a common request.
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The funniest thing is watching the late arrivals from the Lido deck. I get some lunch and look over to see them making a dash for the ship.

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One other thing you "may" want to consider in your cabin selection.

If you are getting a balcony and you are a nonsmoker, the crew take their smoke breaks outdoors on the Starboard side.
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One other thing you "may" want to consider in your cabin selection.

If you are getting a balcony and you are a nonsmoker, the crew take their smoke breaks outdoors on the Starboard side.
This is why I always ask for Port side. I could actually smell some smoke and had a cigerette butt in the gutter on the Glory when the wind was just right on Starboard. Port side avoids all that
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The funniest thing is watching the late arrivals from the Lido deck. I get some lunch and look over to see them making a dash for the ship.
On my last cruise on the Norwegian star, we were literally the last passengers on the ship. The airline lost our luggage - a 50 seat Dash-8 flight from Vancouver and no luggage ever appeared in the terminal. I had to wait 2 hours for the next flight to come in and make sure my bags were not on it. Just as I returned to the NCL departure point, the second last bus was just pulling away. I had to catch the very last bus to the pier. Just as we came aboard, everyone was lining up for the lifeboat drill.
 
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