The visit took place just four days before Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cambridge officially named the 141,000 tonne ship.
Princess Cruises extended an invitation to Harry Cotterill, President & Managing Director, Dream Designs Colchester and a guest of his choice to join the group of visitors on media and press visit aboard Royal Princess, whilst berthed alongside Ocean Terminal in Southampton.
This invitation was received after Princess Cruises became aware of our especially assigned drawing of Royal Princess, which we requested to present to the Master of Royal Princess, Captain Tony Draper.
Joining Harry on the visit was Gavin Pamment, Chief Photographer, Dream Designs Colchester. Harry and Gavin travelled to Southampton one day prior to the visit aboard Royal Princess and stayed overnight in Southampton.
Venues included the brand new and exciting Princess Live studio, the somewhat famous Wheelhouse Bar and Crown Grill which Princess Cruises’ passengers have grown fond of and not forgetting the spectacular Princess Theater!
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Both Julie and Karen have offered their help and support on our previous drawing presentation by our Volunteers @ Sea or website supporters aboard ships in the Princess Cruises fleet, including Grand Princess, Ruby Princess, Sapphire Princess and Golden Princess.
Finally just before 14:45 they both disembarked Royal Princess on Deck 5 (Plaza Deck) via the crew gangway which was also used to embark the vessel earlier. On the quayside both Harry and Gavin took the opportunity to capture some close up photographs of Royal Princess which towered above them.
After an awe-inspiring visit aboard Royal Princess, Harry and Gavin decided to watch the vessel depart Southampton on the first of two preview cruises, before the maiden 7 night cruise.
Harry Cotterill, President & Manging Director, Dream Designs Colchester, said:
" It was a true honour to visit Princess Cruises' brand new Royal Princess in Southampton with Gavin Pamment just days before the 141,000 tonne vessel was officially named. We were both extremely impressed by the ship and would like to extend our appreciation and thanks to Princess Cruises.
" I am particularly thankful to Princess Cruises for arranging the official presentation of my drawing to the Master of Royal Princess, Captain Tony Draper. I was very surprised to receive a plaque in return!"
" Finally I would like congratulate Princess Cruises on their spectacular new ship and take this opportunity to wish Royal Princess, her Captain and crew a very successful future!"