MS Maasdam

We had to go and get a few things downtown today, so we decided to take a little stroll down to the old port as well.

Today, there was a cruise ship in port.  The cruise ship was the MS Maasdam.  The MS Maasdam is a Holland America ship and is named after the Maas river in the Netherlands.

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The Maasdam was completed in January of 1993 at a cost of $180 million USD.  She can hold 1258 passengers and 580 crew.

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During the winter season, the Maasdam is based in Ft. Lauderdale and serves the Caribbean.  During the summer, she sails from Boston, going to Europe, Atlantic Canada and New England.

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There were many people on the boardwalk with their suitcases, waiting to get aboard the ship i presume.

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As i was taking photos, i heard some people behind me exclaim, “Look, that’s a French ship!”.

Okay, quick lesson folks.  This is the French flag:

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This is the Dutch flag:

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This is what was flying.

Yes, okay, they are somewhat similar with the same colors.  But, they are not the same.

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For the first time, i had forgotten to charge my second battery.  That meant i went out with only one battery and it was not fresh.

In order to save battery power, i turned off the OIS for the lens – it really does drain the battery.  So, i used S mode in order to keep a good shutter speed (1/500) to minimize any camera shake.

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It worked out fine.  I just had to remember to keep my eye on the exposure scale at the left side of my EVF.

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All photos taken with the X-Pro1 and the XC 50-230mm.

Thanks for looking.

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