In April we were invited by Carol Marlow, Managing Director, P&O Cruises, to attend the Naming Ceremony of their newest 116,000 tonne ship, Azura. The new superliner arrived in Southampton just two days before she was officially named at the Naming Ceremony by the ballet star Darcey Bussell, on Saturday 10th April 2010
He added "It was so wonderful to finally meet her in person after we had corresponded with her for quite some time."
We had a lovely day aboard Costa Cruises’ newest ship, the weather was also beautiful which made the day even more enjoyable.
We were kindly presented with a number of gifts from Costa Cruises, including two brass models of both Costa Deliziosa and her sister ship Costa Luminosa, which we visited in 2009. We were also presented with a number of exciting special design brochures, including their new Costa Pacifica.
Harry Cotterill, President & Managing Director, Dream Designs Colchester said "It was such a lovely bright summer day during our visit to Costa Deliziosa. We were so fortunate to have the chance to visit such a fantastic ship."
You can read more about our visit to Costa Deliziosa and see some great photos by visiting the following links below.
Sadly we never got a reply back from either the Captain or Norwegian Cruise Line.
In June 2010 we contacted Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines and sent them one of our drawings, of their 46,000 tonne flagship Balmoral.
We asked if we could visit another of their ships Black Watch, which was due to call at Harwich International Port in August 2010 for the very first time. Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines took our request very seriously and kindly arranged for us to visit the ship and meet the Captain to present him with our drawing.
We were invited to join a group of local VIPS from across Suffolk and Essex, including the major of Harwich Town and local authority representatives as well as regional tourism bodies, such as East of England Tourism and Visit Essex.
While we were aboard we were treated to Traditional Afternoon Tea in the Observatory Lounge on the Marquee Deck above the Navigation Bridge. We then had the opportunity to meet the Captain of Black Watch, Captain Torbjørn Lund, were we had the chance to present our drawing of the ship to him. It was a truly wonderful experience and a great day for everyone.
In September 2010 one of our drawings of the Celebrity Cruises’ breathtaking Celebrity Solstice was sent to The United States of America to be taken aboard the spectacular cruise ship by Charlene Gault on our behalf. Charlene spent a number of weeks aboard the Celebrity Solstice back to back, celebrating her 50th Wedding Anniversary.
During her time aboard the Celebrity Solstice, on Wednesday September 22nd 2010 Charlene had the opportunity to meet with Captain Dimitrios Kafetzis and present our drawing to him during the Captain’s Club Party in the Sky Lounge.
At present we are still awaiting a reply from Captain Dimitrios Kafetzis or Celebrity Cruises.
You can read more about this by visiting the following links.
On Monday 25th October 2010, we were invited to tour the newest addition to the Cunard fleet, Queen Elizabeth. The new 92,000 tonne Cunarder was officially named by Her Majesty The Queen just two weeks previously to us visiting.
Whilst we were aboard we were escorted to the bridge and then had the opportunity to meet the Master of Queen Elizabeth, Captain Christopher Wells, to present him with our drawing of the Queen Elizabeth.
Captain Wells was very impressed and pleased with Harry’s drawing and told him he will be framing the drawing and putting it on display in the Teens Centre for the younger passengers to enjoy!
Harry Cotterill, President & Managing Director, Dream Designs Colchester, said "It was so wonderful to have the chance to meet the Captain of Cunard's new Queen Elizabeth and its an experiance I will always remember!"
Harry Cotterill, President & Managing Director, Dream Designs Colchester, said "Queen Elizabeth is a remarkable vessel. She combines the elegance and luxury of the golden age of ocean liner travel with the modern technologies of today."
However we had the to chance meet with Mr Stephen Payne ( OBE RDI MNM FREng HonPhD(Science) BScEng(Hons) FRINA Ceng, Chief Naval Architect, Designer of Queen Mary 2)
Harwich Intentional Port kindly agreed to take our drawing aboard while the ship was along side and present it to the Captain on our behalf.
On Sunday 24th October 2010 our drawing was taken aboard the Ruby Princess on our behalf, by Sue Miller, for the USA who has been following our progress for over a year now. Sue was kind enough to take a drawing aboard with her and present it to the Commodore. Sue Miller was also joined aboard the Ruby Princess by another of our most loyal followers, Sheila Herrington.
During the 7 night Caribbean cruise Sue and Sheila were both lucky enough to have the opportunity to join a group of other passengers on the bridge of Ruby Princess where they were able to present our drawing to the Commodore of the Princess Cruises fleet, Commodore Giuseppe Romano
In the e-mail Commodore Giuseppe Romano said " Congratulations with the drawing of the Ruby Princess. Beautiful and very professionally done. We are all very impressed here on board the Ruby Princess."
He added, " I want to let you know that we are framing your drawing and posting it in a suitable location for all to see. We will be attaching your story as well."
You can read more about this on the following links.
In November a dream came true for Harry Cotterill, President & Managing Director, Dream Designs Colchester, when he was lucky enough to voyage aboard Cunard’s magnificent Queen Mary 2. He was joined on board with his father during the 2 night voyage from Southampton to Cherbourg and back across the channel to Southampton.
Before leaving Southampton Cunard’s newest ship, Queen Elizabeth which we visited in October 2010 passed by Queen Mary 2 and they each saluted one another with the sound of the ships horns.
Harry Cotterill, President & Managing Director, Dream Designs Colchester, said " Viewing the Queen Elizabeth aboard her fleet mate Queen Mary 2 was a unique opportunity, with the added excitement of both of the ship’s horns blasting as Queen Elizabeth passed. "
He added "Although our departure from the berth in Southampton was delayed this did not effect our arrival in Cherbourg the following morning, due to the short distance between both ports. "
A number of other passengers were also invited to the bridge. Whilst we were on the bridge the Deputy Captain introduced himself to us, he had seen another of our drawing before aboard another Cunard ship and must had recognised us. Before departing the berth the Commodore’s secretary introduced everyone.
Commodore Bernard Warner took the time to speak to Harry and was very impressed with his drawing of Queen Mary 2. A number of the other passengers on the bridge were also interested in his drawing.
During November 2010 another of our drawings was taken aboard the Princess Cruises’ vessel, Grand Princess. Harry Cotterill, President & Managing Director Dream Designs Colchester asked Nancy Speltz, a follower of his, who lives in California if she would be kind enough to present a drawing to the Captain of the Grand Princess
Nancy so kindly agreed to do so. She has been following our progress for quite some time now. Before presenting the drawing to Captain Roger Bilton, Nancy said " She looks marvelous and I will be so proud to hand her over to the captain. Thank you Harry"
He added, " In truth we have yet to put it on display. We feel that it warrants somewhere special, but because of it’s size we are limited as to display availability and a decision has still to be reached. I do assure you though that we will find a suitable hanging for it."
Captain Roger Bilton also informed us that he had recently contacted Princess Cruises's Corporate Offices in Santa Clarita and that they have asked for the drawing to be sent there, as they are very interested and might possibly even display it on the Princess Cruises website.
Harry added "I must also add that we were delighted when Nancy agreed to take the drawing aboard on our behalf. She has delivered with great success and we are very grateful for her help! Thank you, Nancy!"
You can read more about this on the following links
Most recently another of our drawings was taken aboard the P&O Cruises' Aurora. Mr Ernest & Mrs Edna Taylor from Colchester in the United Kingdom, are currently onboard and are to deliver a drawing to Captain David Pembridge during their 23 night Christmas Caribbean Cruise.
Mr & Mrs Taylor are due home next weekend and we shall inform you upon their return and if we hear from the Captain.
He added "We shall keep you updated on the progress of the drawing. Be sure to check back this month for the possibility of more updates."
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Harry Cotterill - President & Managing Director