Unfortunately due to a serve storm and rough seas, the Captain was extremly busy during their cruise and on this ocasion an official drawing presentation was not possible.
However, Sue & Shelia were lucky enough to meet with the Hotel Director aboard Freedom of the Seas, who passed on our drawing to Captain Rob Hempstead.
" Your generosity and thoughtfulness is amazing and I am honored and humbled to have received this special gift from you. I have since had the drawing professionally framed, which I received back from the frame shop just a few days ago, and it looks fantastic. "
" It was an unusual job for this frame shop to do such a long (7 feet) framing so it took a while longer than normal. I will try to find a place on board to have it displayed if at all possible. Getting it back to the ship will be a delicate operation as well, as now that it is framed it is quite fragile. Since we no longer have an art auctioneer on board the ability to have had it framed onboard was not an option."
" It is currently hanging downstairs in my home, but my plan is to try and get it to the ship. Not an easy task as it is quite large and fragile. I am soon to sign back aboard Freedom of the Seas son once back aboard I will see about finding a suitable spot for it. "
" It was such a lovely surprise to receive an email from the Captain, with a photograph of my drawing attached on Christmas Day. The frame is splendid and it certainly makes the drawing look even more impressive! "
" I do hope that Captain Rob Hempstead will find a suitable location on board Freedom of the Seas to display the drawing, when he joins the ship again shortly."