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Ships today spend very little time in port.  Their owners want them on their way and earning money as quickly as possible.  Modern methods of cargo handling ensure this happens.  Often, the ships berth a long way from a town.  Ships need much smaller crews than they once did and the crew have too little time and too much to do to think about enjoying themselves.  Their cabins on board ship are more comfortable, and there are on-board entertainments like television and videos.  There are nowhere near as many people working on the docks as there once were.

For all these reasons, the entertainment a port offers has often declined.  However, the traditions of hospitality, often historic pubs, a wide variety of restaurants, and an easy-going attitude to revellers still make ports a good place to enjoy yourself.


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