On May 6th 2014 we had the pleasure of visiting Portuscale Cruises'Azores whilst berthed alongside the Cruise Terminal at Harwich International Port.
We contacted Portuscale Cruises sometime before the visit to request permission to visit Azores and officially present Harry's especially assigned drawing.
Portuscale Cruises very kindly granted permission for both Harry Cotterill, Chairman & Artist, Cruise Cotterill and Gavin Pamment, Non-Executive Director, Cruise Cotterill to visit Azores.
Harry and Gavin had been informed that they would be able to board Azores from 10:00 and arrived at the Cruise Terminal just before, to see that the ship was only just berthing alongside. Unfortunately as a result of the ships late arrival, embarkation was also delayed as the visitors list had not yet been sent to the Passes Office.
Whilst they waited for the visitors list to arrive at the Passes Office, Harry and Gavin took the opportunity to take a number of photographs of Azores berthed alongside the Cruise Terminal, including some with Harry's especially assigned drawing, which as always attracted some attention from onlookers.
Eventually the visitors list arrived and Harry and Gavin were then able to obtain their visitor passes and proceed through security and along the passenger boarding gangway to board Azores. (They were the only two visitors!)
Boarding Azores on Deck 4 (Mediterranean Deck) Harry and Gavin were asked to wait in the ship's reception area, whilst a the Staff Captain came to meet them. A few minutes later the Staff Captain arrived and welcomed them on board Azores.
Harry and Gavin were taken to the Sirene's Bar on Deck 4A (Calypso Deck) were they enjoyed a drink together with the Staff Captain and chatted for around ten minutes. Following this the Staff Captain invite them on a guided tour of the ship's passenger amenities.
The guided tour started from the Sirene's Bar on Deck 4A (Mediterranean Deck) and headed forward, passing the Casino Circe, Ambiente Lounge, Internet Library and the Captain's Club.
Continuing on Deck 4A (Mediterranean Deck) they passed the Shopping Boutiques and Photo Shop, before taking a look in Lounge Calypso, the ship's main show lounge located at the forward end of the ship.
Heading aft they passed the Sirene's Bar again as well as the small but impressive atrium, before entering the Buffet Restaurant at the aft end of the ship. On the outside decks at the aft Harry and Gavin were shown the Bar Elpinor and the swimming pool.
Moving up to Deck 5 (Promenade Deck) the guided tour continued and Harry and Gavin were able to briefly view Azores' promenade deck, which most modern cruise ships now no longer feature. Heading inside the Staff Captain showed them the Disco Club before finishing the guided tour.
Once the tour was over the Staff Captain guided Harry and Gavin back to the reception area, whereHarry had a few minutes to officially present his especially assigned drawing of Azores. The Staff Captain seem very impressed and said he would do his best to find a suitable location on board to display it!
Understandably following the official drawing presentation the Staff Captain then had to return back to his duties on the bridge and left Harry and Gavin in the comfort of the crew in the Sirene's Bar once again. He invited them to enjoy lunch in the Buffet Restaurant when it opened.
After relaxing in the Sirene's Bar for a while until the adjacent Buffet Restaurant opened, Harry andGavin made their way into the Buffet Restaurant where they enjoyed lunch together.
After enjoying lunch on board Azores in the Buffet Restaurant, Harry and Gavin headed back to reception, where they took the opportunity to have a few final photographs taken on board before disembarking.
Upon disembarking Azores, Harry and Gavin made their way back to the Passes Office in the Cruise Terminal to collect their passports and hand back their boarding passes. Before leaving Harwich International Port they took the chance to capture some more photographs of Azores berthed alongside the Cruise Terminal.