Cellpic Sunday – Arrival at Sydney Nova Scotia

Docking the Carnival Magic.

Sydney, Nova Scotia.

I am writing this in early December as our plans are to head to Florida for the month of January. This post is scheduled to publish on New Year’s Day, so I will start by wishing you and yours a safe and prosperous 2023.

Happy New Year
A “bonus” cellpic in honor of the New Year!

I always find it interesting to see the docking operation of giant cruise ships in progress. Those ports with a long cruise ship pier are the easiest. The captain uses the ship’s side jets to snuggle up to the dock, lines are dropped over the side, and pier employees tie the vessel to those large mooring points at the edge of the dock.

The dock at Sydney held a couple of cruise ships that day, so the dock wasn’t quite long enough for the Carnival Magic. The stern end was tied to the dock as usual, and the gangway at midship reached down to the dock. The bow tie-downs, however, needed to reach the shore so a pilot boat transported the shore end of the lines across a short section of water to be tied down on the mooring posts at the land’s edge. Normally I’ve seen smaller boats used to transit the ship’s lines. In fact, it’s often been a rowboat without the benefit of an outboard motor in many cases.

About the photo: This image was captured while I was standing on the balcony of our cabin on deck 11 using my Samsung S20U. After downloading it to my laptop, I imported the image into Lightroom, then to Luminar Neo for final processing. Click on either image above to view it in 2K HD on my Flickr site.

I encourage fellow bloggers to create their own Cellpic Sunday posts. I never have a specific topic for this feature, and the only rules are that the photo must be captured with a cell phone, iPad, or another mobile device… If you have an image from a drone or even a dashcam, that’s acceptable as well. The second rule is to link your challenge response to this post or leave a comment here with a link to your post in the comment. Oh, and, you don’t have to post it on a Sunday.

John Steiner


  1. Happy New Year, John, and thanks for hosting Cell-Pic Sunday. I didn’t link to posts this week but will next week! I would love to visit Nova Scotia, and I look forward to reading more about your trip! Enjoy your new year in Florida.

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