Harry Cotterill, President & Managing Director, Dream Designs Colchester was joined aboard Rotterdam by Gavin Pamment, Chief Photographer, Dream Designs Colchester.
We were able to arrange this visit aboard Rotterdam thanks to Michael Langley, Cruise Director, Holland America Line.
Harry and Gavin arrived at Harwich International Port just after 08:30. Cruise Director, Michael had arranged a boarding time of approximately 09:00 with the drawing presentation planned to take place on the bridge at 09:30.
Before entering the Cruise Terminal to obtain their boarding passes, Harry and Gavin both took the opportunity to capture some photographs of Rotterdam from the quayside. Unfortunately the weather was very poor on what was the shortest day of the year.
Just before 09:30 Michael took Harry and Gavin to the bridge on Deck 7 where they were introduced to the Master of Rotterdam, Captain Marco Carsjens. Here Harry had the opportunity to officially present his especially assigned drawing of Rotterdam to the Captain and Cruise Director.
Whilst on the bridge Harry and Gavin took many photographs of the various navigational equipment on the bridge, as well as the opportunity to have a photograph taken together with Captain Marco Carsjens on the bridge wing.
Leaving the bridge on Deck 7 (Navigation Deck), Harry and Gavin made their way up to Deck 9 (Sport's Deck), to begin their self guided tour of Rotterdam, starting in the Crow's Nest. Moving down to Deck 8 (Lido Deck), they explored The Greenhouse Spa & Salon, where they saw the Fitness Centre and Beauty Salon.
Continuing their tour of Rotterdam, Harry and Gavin made their way back down to Deck 5 (Upper Promenade Deck) to view the Ocean Bar and Mix, another new area which was added during the ship's refurbishment in 2009.
Harry Cotterill, President & Managing Director, Dream Designs Colchester, said:
" I would like to extend my greatest appreciation to Cruise Director, Michael Langley for all the effort he put in to making our visit aboard Rotterdam extra special and for making us feel so welcome whilst on board."
" It was an absolute pleasure to visit Holland America Line's Rotterdam and an honour to meet with Captain Marco Carsjens on the bridge to officially present my drawing to him."