In December 2010, we especially assigned a drawing of Crystal Serenity in the hope that we 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, Dream Designs Colchester 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.
Upon arriving at Dover, Harry Cotterill, President & Managing Director, Dream Designs Colchester, 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.
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.
Awaiting was Philip Ordever, Vice President, International Sales & Marketing, along with Cato Christensen, Vice Captain, Crystal Serenity, who was introduced to Harry Cotterill, President & Managing Director, Dream Designs Colchester, where the officially drawing presentation took place.
Once finishing lunch, Harry Cotterill, President & Managing Director, Dream Designs Colchester, was so very kindly presented a number of splendid gifts from Philip Ordever, Vice President, International Sales & Marketing, including a fabulous crystal glass paperweight of the Crystal Serenity!
Harry Cotterill, President & Managing Director, Dream Designs Colchester 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.
“ Our visit to Crystal Serenity yesterday with The Cruise Portfolio at the Port of Dover was truly spectacular! Crystal Serenity was a breathtaking ship and has some remarkable venues onboard to offer her guests. It was an honour to be able to officially present my drawing of Crystal Serenity to Cato Christensen, Vice Captain of Crystal Serenity and wonderful to hear that they will be framing it aboard.”
“ I was delighted to have been offered the chance to visit Crystal Symphony in 2012 by Philip Ordever, Vice President, International Sales & Marketing. It was incredible to have been invited to the bridge too by, Cato Christensen, Vice Captain, Crystal Serenity.”
“ I would like to take this opportunity to extend my thanks for both Crystal Cruises and The Cruise Portfolio, for arranging for us to visit Crystal Serenity and allowing us to be part of such a special event. Thank you! ”