port of call

noun phrase

: an intermediate port where ships customarily stop for supplies, repairs, or transshipment of cargo
: a stop included on an itinerary

Examples of port of call in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Such cruises are typically short (3-6 days) with few ports of call, allowing time for multiple performances in the cruise ship’s main theater, lounges, and pool deck. David Nikel, Forbes, 15 Feb. 2024 Collapsible Umbrella Weather on a cruise can be tough to predict, particularly for various ports of call. Kelsey Glennon, Travel + Leisure, 5 Feb. 2024 Leave from Miami for ports of call in Labadee, Haiti, Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic and San Juan, Puerto Rico. Essence, 30 Jan. 2024 While cruises are often about the ports of call, the Seven Seas Grandeur — sibling ship to RSSC's Seven Seas Explorer and Seven Seas Splendor, is a destination in itself. Elizabeth Rhodes, Travel + Leisure, 21 Dec. 2023 The island was officially opened as a port of call in 1997 and has been welcoming cruisers ever since. Lauren Dana Ellman, Travel + Leisure, 30 Nov. 2023 In order to ensure speedy access to justice, Ms. Baig helped create the Gender Protection Unit of the Islamabad Police, a department staffed almost entirely with female officers who act as the first port of call for women being abused or facing threats of violence. Hasan Ali, The Christian Science Monitor, 5 Dec. 2023 Disney Cruise Line's ports of call include places in Europe, the Caribbean, Mexico, Canada, Alaska, and, of course, Disney's private Bahamian island, Castaway Cay. Carlye Wisel, Travel + Leisure, 8 Dec. 2023 The Date Pie at Al-Andalus The sprawling market district of La Merced at the eastern edge of the Centro Histórico has always served as a port of call for new arrivals to Mexico City, among them the Lebanese immigrants who started making their homes here in the late-19th century. Jorge Valencia Mariano Fernandez, New York Times, 14 Nov. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1838, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of port of call was in 1838

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“Port of call.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/port%20of%20call. Accessed 28 Feb. 2024.

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