This is an amazing event to watch, especially at night. The ship is travelling at about 18 knots (33 km/h) and the pilot boat pulls alongside. The pilot jumps from one vessel to the other – in the middle of the night, about 20 miles out to sea – pretty amazing.
It’s pretty sad too, as we realize that the end of our cruise is getting closer.
P.S. I was really happy with this photo that I took with our new Canon EOS 400D, and the 150mm portrait lens. I used the portrait lens because it’s exceptionally quick, and doesn’t need much exposure time – so you don’t get any blurring, even at night, without a flash – like with this photo. Downside of the portrait lens is that it’s very narrow angle, but it worked here.