On Wednesday 17th August 2011, Cruise Cotterill was lucky enough to join a delegation of VIPs aboard Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines' flagship, Balmoral, during her inaugural visit to Harwich International Port.
Local dignitaries on board Balmoral included the Mayor & Mayoress of Harwich and representatives from Tendering District and Suffolk County Council, as well as regional tourism bodies, such as the Haven Gateway Partnership and Visit Essex.
The visit aboard Balmoral gave VIPs a feel for the relaxed 'home-for-home' atmosphere that Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines' fleet of four small, more intimate ships, and to help promote cruise opportunities within the Haven Gateway and surrounding areas.
Upon embarking Balmoral, dignitaries were welcomed aboard by a Champagne reception and 'brunch' in the exclusive Avon Restaurant on Deck 10, where they were given the opportunity to sample the fine cuisine which Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines' has to offer.
Whilst enjoying 'brunch' and champagne on board the official plaque presentation ceremony took place in the Avon Restaurant, where Captain Atle Knutsen presented Steve Hume, Commercial Manager, Harwich International Port with the plaque. In exchange a photograph of Balmoral berthing alongside Harwich International Port earlier that morning was presented to Captain Atle Knutsen.
A guided tour of Balmoral then followed, showcasing the ship's many various spacious public areas and elegant decor, such the dramatic atrium, along with a visit to the traditionally styled 'Morning Light Pub', which is named after an early Fred. Olsen family owned vessel.
Once completing the tour of Balmoral, Harry Cotterill, Chairman & Artist, Cruise Cotterill, and his father Brian Cotterill, were invited to the bridge of the vessel where the official presentation ceremony of our drawing took place.
Captain Atle Knutsen and Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines were very impressed with our drawing of Balmoral and have so kindly agreed to frame and permanently display our drawing aboard the vessel.