On 02 August, 2011, Harry Cotterill, Chairman & Artist, Cruise Cotterill and his father Brian Cotterill, had the chance to visit the six star luxury cruise ship Crystal Serenity at Dover.
In December 2010, Harry especially assigned a drawing of Crystal Serenity in the hope that he would be lucky enough to have the opportunity to present the drawing to the Captain during 2011 whilst Crystal Serenity was berthed at the Port of Dover.
Later in February 2011, Cruise Cotterill contacted The Cruise Portfolio who are the representatives for Crystal Cruises in the United Kingdom, to request permission to visit the Crystal Serenity whilst berthed at the Port of Dover on August 2nd 2011.
The Cruise Portfolio so kindly agreed to welcome us aboard, and together with Crystal Cruises’ Headquarters in the United States, promised us they would try their best to arrange for us to meet the Captain and officially present our drawing of Crystal Serenity. The Cruise Portfolio so kindly agreed to welcome us aboard, and together with Crystal Cruises’ Headquarters in the United States, promised us they would try their best to arrange for us to meet the Captain and officially present our drawing of Crystal Serenity.
Upon arriving at Dover, Harry and Brian, were directed to the Eastern Docks, where Crystal Serenity was berthed, along with Saga Pearl II. At approximately 10:00 the guests who had arrived early were taken upstairs to the departure lounge where complimentary drinks were available. Registration began just after 10:30 as the last guests who would be touring Crystal Serenity arrived at the cruise terminal.
Before embarking Crystal Serenity, Andy Harmer, Sales & Marketing Director, The Cruise Portfolio introduced himself to Harry and his father Brian.
Once aboard Crystal Serenity, guests were taken to Palms Court, the forward observation lounge and dance floor area on Deck 12, looking over the bow of the vessel, where they were welcomed by champagne and refreshing soft drinks. A short presentation speech was then given by Michael Dupont, National Accounts Manager, The Cruise Portfolio. Following the presentation speech, the group of around 60 guests where separated into smaller groups before beginning their tour of Crystal Serenity.
Andy Harmer, Sales & Marketing Director, The Cruise Portfolio was the representative from The Cruise Portfolio who escorted Dream Designs Colchester around Crystal Serenity, along with a number of other guests. We were also joined by Philip Ordever, Vice President, International Sales & Marketing for part of the tour to the ship’s various amenities. Guests were even taken into Penthouses and Staterooms to sample the accommodation Crystal Cruises have to offer it’s guests.
Upon finishing the tour of Crystal Serenity, Andy Harmer, Sales & Marketing Director, The Cruise Portfolio, directed us to the Crystal Plaza, the atrium area aboard Crystal Serenity on Deck 5.
Awaiting was Philip Ordever, Vice President, International Sales & Marketing, along with Cato Christensen, Vice Captain, Crystal Serenity, who was introduced to Harry and it was here where the officially drawing presentation took place.
Vice Captain, Cato Christensen and Philip Ordever as well as the other members of the group, where very impressed by our drawing of Crystal Serenity and kindly congratulated Harry, with applause. The Vice Captain, Crystal Serenity informed us that the drawing would be displayed aboard Crystal Serenity and invited us to visit the bridge after lunch. Philip Ordever also mentioned a drawing of Crystal Cruises’ other ship, Crystal Symphony and has agreed to welcome us aboard in 2012 whilst she is berthed at the Port of Dover.
After the official drawing presentation, the specially selected group of guests, who had toured the Crystal Serenity with Andy Harmer were treated to a delicious lunch in the Crystal Dining Room at the Captain’s table.
Once finishing lunch, Harry was so very kindly presented a number of splendid gifts from Philip Ordever, which included a fabulous crystal glass paperweight of the Crystal Serenity!
Harry and his father Brian Cotterill where then escorted to the bridge of Crystal Serenity, where they were met by the First Officer, who talked them through the various navigation systems and equipments.
After spending quite sometime on the bridge of Crystal Serenity, enjoying the surround views of Dover, including the beautiful white cliffs, Harry and Brian were escorted to the gangway on Deck 6, where they disembarked Crystal Serenity, before their journey home to Colchester.