On April 26th 2013, Cruise Cotterill had the pleasure of joining a number of Travel Agents on a visit aboard MSC Magnifica whilst the vessel was berthed alongside the Cruise Terminal at Harwich International Port.
We contacted MSC Cruises sometime before to request permission to visit the ship, as well as offer to officially presented our drawing of MSC Magnifica to the Captain during the visit.
MSC Cruises were kind enough to accept our request and granted us permission to visit the ship along with the Travel Agents at Harwich International Port.
Harry Cotterill, Chairman & Artist, Cruise Cotterill was joined aboard by his father, Brian Cotterill. Visitors were asked to arrive at the Cruise Terminal at Harwich International Port at 10:30 before embarking aboard MSC Magnifica at 11:00. We arrived a little earlier so that we had the opportunity to take a number of photographs of the ship before boarding.
At approximately 11:00 visitors were invited to make their way through security before boarding MSC Magnifica shortly afterward. Upon boarding we were asked to wait in the Ruby Bar on Deck 6, before we were escorted to the L’Ametista Lounge at the stern of the vessel on Deck 7.
Here visitors were invited to relax and enjoy a glass or two of champagne or fruit punch, together with light refreshments, together with a presentation and Q&A session.
After the presentation and Q&A session, the Master of MSC Magnifica, Captain Antonio Siviero waswelcomed in the L’Ametista Lounge and Harry was invited to join him on stage to officially present his especially assigned drawing of MSC Magnifica.
Captain Antonio Siviero was very impressed with the drawing and informed us that he will find a place to hang the drawing aboard MSC Magnifica. In return for our drawing the Captain kindly presented us with a beautiful model of the ship!
The Captain also took a moment to address the Travel Agents visitors and thank them for their interest in MSC Cruises and to wish us a good time on board.
Once the drawing presentation was the Captain wished all the visitors goodbye and shortly afterwards at approximately 12:00 we were invited to begin our escorted tour of MSC Magnifica.
Our guided tour of MSC Magnifica began with the opportunity to view three different stateroom categories, which we were very lucky to get to see. The two staterooms included an Inside Stateroom (11038) a Balcony Family Suite (12050) and a Deluxe Suite (15015.
Our tour continued throughout the upper decks of MSC Magnifica, including opportunity visitors the opportunity to view the different pool areas, lounges and various other facilities, including the truly breathtaking MSC Aurea Spa on Deck 13.
After exploring the upper decks of the ship, our tour continued on the lower public decks of MSC Magnifica, Deck 5,6 & 7. Here visitors got to take a lot at yet more lounges and other facilities, including the spectacular Royal Theater and the ship's main lobby / atrium.
The guided tour ended at approximate 13:00 on Deck 5 in the L'Edera Restaurant, were all visitors we invited to enjoy lunch aboard MSC Magnifica. Following lunch at 14:00 visitors we taken to the Tiger Lounge on Deck 6 to enjoy a tea, coffee or soft drink, before disembarking the vessel at 14:30.