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All Eyes: A mini view of a mega cruise ship

Workers perform maintenance on Brilliance of the Seas, a Royal Caribbean International cruise ship, while docked at the Port of Tampa on Thursday, March 31, 2016.

[Loren Elliott | TIMES]

Workers perform maintenance on Brilliance of the Seas, a Royal Caribbean International cruise ship, while docked at the Port of Tampa on Thursday, March 31, 2016.

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I recently had a chance to tour the Port of Tampa for an assignment. The story called for pictures illustrating development of the port's facilities, such as loading docks, a ship repair structure and fuel containers. While out on the water, I saw one particular sight that I didn't expect though. A monstrous cruise ship was docked, a usual occurrence, but it was being worked on between trips. A crew of men in safety harnesses was doing some kind of maintenance at the stern of the "Brilliance of the Seas". These ships are colossally large, but it's difficult to get a sense of scale for just how large they are. Seeing humans precariously perched on the boat's outside provided that sense of scale. They looked like ants. And framed against a clean sky for background, the scene made for a neat frame as well. I'm used to seeing TV commercials of these ships out at sea, but getting a glimpse of what goes on when such a boat is devoid of passengers and being worked on in our backyard provided an alternate perspective.

Loren Elliott
Staff Photographer
Tampa Bay Times
lelliott@tampabay.com

 

 

 

[Last modified: Monday, April 4, 2016 11:34am]

    

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