They arrive in pilot boats--little speedboats dwarfed by the cruise ships they're helping. These little vessels pull up next to the gigantic hulls of the cruise ships, like really, really brave pirates, and the pilot literally jumps on board, grabbing hold of a ladder and climbing up into an open hatch. Off speeds the pilot boat, and the local captain guides the cruise ship through to safety. All very exciting for a new cruiser.
Every time I saw a pilot boat, I'd lean over the railing to watch, sometimes running for a better view from elsewhere, always thrilled by the James-Bond-esque excitement of the maritime chase, even more thrilled if I actually caught a glance of the nimble James Bond-esque captain hopping on or off his boat. I suppose I'm easily thrilled, but life is more beautiful that way.
I never seemed to have a camera on hand, until the last full day. So here are the best photos I caught:
|Here comes the pilot boat. So bold. So brash.|
|Prepare to be boarded!|
|Up hops the captain|
|Off goes the boat|
|Proudly proclaiming its pilot status|
|Riding the waves off into the horizon|
Brought to you by me and James Bond...er...the pilot boat captain. Pictured below.