Doesn't really matter. Cozumel, I'd say Port. GC, doesn't matter as there is a view on both sides. Not sure on Ocho Rios because I have never been there.
99% of the cruise you will see nothing but water from your balcony. For sunrise and sunsets, you will have a chance at both no matter which side you are on since you will be going south and going north during the cruise.
I'm not sure I would be too concerned with the side of the ship you are on.
Originally posted by tesi:
In your opinion, which is the better side to have a balcony room on, Port or Starboard. Which side is the best in Cozumel, Grand Cayman, and Ochos Rios?
Port or Starboard really makes little difference these days, I don't think any cruise lines sell a POSH ticket anymore. POSH was a British Term meaning Port Over Starboard Home. That way on Trans Atlantic crossings you had the sunny side both ways.
Thank you for that, CruiseDad; that's a bit of trivia I have never heard before.
tesi, as Jim C. and CruiseDad said, it dosen't really matter. A ship can dock facing either direction. What I like to do is study a map and and book the side that will give me the most sunrises going and the most sunsets going home; I'm usually up early in the first part of the cruise and then sleep later on the back nine.
I like starboard just because I still have the bad habit of smoking. I can go out to the deck and smoke easier. And I like to take my binoculars as we go down the east coast and try to find landmarks etc. Really is no difference though.
No. You're right! In some cases it does matter. I do the same thing going south out of L.A.. We usually sail at 4:00 and I can spot all sorts of familiar landmards with binoculars. That's why I always book portside. Whereas going north to San Francisco or Vancouver I'll book starboard.
Since someone mentioned smoking, if you are getting a balcony and you are a nonsmoker...you may want to check into getting a room on the port side only because the crew take their smoke breaks on the starboard side ...usually right under the side balconies.