Following the Disney Magic’s re-imagination last fall she spent a couple months sailing from PortMiami. This provided us with an opportunity to sail from Miami for the first time, and it was a night and day difference from our experience sailing from Port Canaveral. The major difference is obvious, PortMiami is in Miami, a city with a population nearing a half million. That alone is a drastic contract to Port Canaveral. I could go on about the differences between Port Canaveral and PortMiami, but in all honestly, I’m just using the comparison as setup for some photos I wanted to share.
During the day, the port’s location offers panoramic views of the Miami skyline, and makes for a nice background for your vacation photos.
In the evening, the Miami skyline comes alive in a rainbow of colors. Although we sailed away before sundown, the opportunity for night photography presented itself upon the ship’s return to port in the early morning hours. Originally, I planned to grab a cup of tea, and watch from the upper deck as we returned from the first leg of our trip. However, it was hard to resist the opportunity to shot some long exposures.
Unlike long exposures using a tripod on land where you can get silky light streaks from moving cars or a theme park ride, there is an added dynamic on a ship. It is reversed, the lights are fixed, and you are moving in multiple directions. The image below is a two minute exposure of the Disney Magic sailing into PortMiami.