Unfortunately is was not possible to visit Queen Mary 2 during our time in Southampton due to the very busy day which Cunard had planned.
We therefore thought it would be wise to try to visit another vessel in Southampton and we chose P&O Cruises' recently refurbished Arcadia.
Our drawing was officially presented on board Arcadia on August 19th 2011 by our Volunteers@Sea Ernie & Edna. We also knew the drawing was displayed on board and thought it would be a great opportunity to view it for ourselves and visit Arcadia for the first time.
On the morning of May 9th 2014, Harry Cotterill, President & Managing Director, Dream Designs Colchester and Gavin Pamment, Chief Photographer, Dream Designs Colchester made their way from the hotel they were staying in to Mayflower Cruise Terminal where Arcadia was berthed.
Upon entering Mayflower Cruise Terminal, Harry and Gavin were quickly met by Jenny Hadley, Public Relations Executive, P&O Cruises who along with colleagues in the Public Relations and Marketing team at P&O Cruises had helped arrange the visit aboard Arcadia.
They boarded Arcadia on G Deck (Deck 1) entering the bottom of the atrium. With some time to waste before the planned meeting and viewing of the drawing, Jenny suggested touring part of the ship. The guided tour started midships on Promenade Deck (Deck 3), beginning at the brand new designed shopping boutique area.
Heading forward along Promenade Deck (Deck 3), Harry and Gavin had the chance to view the Library, Café Vivo, The Screening Room and The Palladium which spans three decks, between G Deck (Deck 1) and Promenade Deck (Deck 3).
Moving towards midships they explored The Globe, a small show-lounge venue which has now been separated from the main flow of passengers with glass doors, making for a more exclusive environment and feel. Surrounding The Globe on the port-side is the Art Gallery which has a number of seats.
Following the viewing of the drawing a brief visit to the bridge took place, which was a nice surprise for Harry and Gavin and even Jenny too! Unfortunately on this occasion photography was not allowed, so we are unable to share any photographs with you.
Harry Cotterill, President & Managing Director, Dream Designs Colchester, said:
"We are very thankful to the Master of Arcadia, Captain Trevor Lane for granting us permission to visit Arcadia during our visit to Southampton. We are also very thankful for the Public Relations & Marketing team at P&O Cruises' especially Jenny Hadley who was so welcoming and did an excellent job of touring us around Arcadia."
"It was wonderful to visit Arcadia so soon after her refurbishment in November 2013. Overall the passenger amenities on board were of a very high standard. For me personally it was of course very exciting to be able to view my drawing displayed outside the Captain's Office!"