During our 7 night cruise, whilst docked in Hamburg, Germany, Gavin and I were invited to the bridge to meet with the Captain and present my drawing. The Chief Officer met us in reception shortly after 10:00 and escorted us to the bridge, where Captain Lars Juel Kjeldsen and the Hotel Director greeted us.
The Captain and Hotel Director seemed very impressed with the drawing and pointed out that it was the first time Balmoral had been depicted in Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines' new livery, the grey hull with red stripe. They promised to find a place on board to display the drawing and mentioned that there was a suitably sized space in the midship passenger stairwell.
On the last night of the 7 night cruise, the Hotel Director presented him with a ship model after the Captain's Farewell Cocktail party. So it was worth asking. I believe you don't get far in life without asking and being a little cheeky from time to time.
If you're on board Balmoral at some point, keep a look out for my drawing as you explore the ship. Maybe even send us a photo!
Harry Cotterill - Chairman & Artist
Harry has always had a passion for ships and started drawing and visiting them whilst at school. As Chairman & Artist of Cruise Cotterilll, he is responsible for producing the countless detailed drawings featured on his website and is very proud to have had them presented aboard so many ships.