Harry Cotterill, President & Managing Director, Dream Designs Colchester was joined aboard by Anthony Marshall and Christian Reay who like himself are both studying the BA (Hons) Cruise Industry Management degree at Southampton Solent University.
Harry was able to request permission to visit Saga Ruby and organise the visit aboard to officially present his brand new especially assigned drawing through direct correspondence with the Captain.
On the morning of October 25th 2013, Harry, Anthony and Christian arrived at City Cruise Terminal at approximately 08:45 and made their way to the Passes Office to present their ID and collect their passes before boarding the ship.
Upon making their way into the security area Harry, Anthony and Christian were greeted by Ross Furlong, Hotel Operations Director, Saga who introduced himself to them and escorted them through security and along the passenger boarding gangway to board Saga Ruby.
Entering the Britannia Lounge it was very busy, full of passengers waiting to disembark due to the late arrival of the ship. However unexpectedly a number of seats had been reserved, right in the center of the lounge!
After some time Ross Furlong entered the Britannia Lounge together with Captain Wesley Dunlop as well as James Duguid, Commercial Director, Saga and joined Harry, Anthony and Christian. They chatted for quite some time before Captain Wesley Dunlop invited Harry to officially present his drawing.
Now most of the passenger had disembarked Saga Ruby, Harry, Anthony and Christian took this chance to explore the venues which they had not been able to photograph or view during their guided tour, such as the Britannia Lounge and the Library. They also took the opportunity to take a leisurely stroll around the traditional promenade deck!
Ross Furlong joined them for a lovely three course lunch, together along with the Cruise Director and other members of staff to Saga’s head office.
Harry, Anthony and Christian were sure to visit the Ballroom, which they had not yet photographed and sat down observing the service and relishing the ambience as the new passengers began to embark.
Lastly they took one last stroll around the traditional promenade deck, before making their way back to reception to the gangway and disembarked Saga Ruby, having spent over six hours on board!
Harry Cotterill, President & Managing Director, Dream Designs Colchester, said:
“I would like to take this opportunity to extend my utmost appreciation and thanks to Saga for their allowing myself and Anthony and Christian to visit Saga Ruby before she leaves the Saga fleet in early 2014.”
“I am particularly thankful to Captain Wesley Dunlop for taking the time out of his busy schedule to allow me to officially present my brand new drawing of Saga Ruby. It is wonderful to hear that the drawing is now planned to be displayed aboard Saga Sapphire!”