Posted by Bob on February 18, 2000
In Reply to: Port of call posted by Patty on February 16, 2000
: What does the short phrase "port of call" mean? How is it different from the simple term "port" or "sea port"?
A port of call is an intemediate stop, where a ship picks up supplies, fuel, etc. Not your home port, not your destination. Metaphorically, it can be applied to any mid-journey stop. (Sorry it took so long to do the research.)