In July 2023, I had the great honour of being welcomed aboard Ambassador Cruise Line's beautiful flagship, Ambience, whilst the ship was docked at its home port of Tilbury, on the River Thames.
This was the first time I had been aboard a cruise ship in nearly 4 years, since I have been very busy studying an undergraduate physics degree at Durham University. In summer 2022, whilst home, I started work on a drawing of Ambience, but ran out of time to finish it before returning back to university. Eventually, in summer 2023, after my second year exams, I found some free time to finally finish the drawing, which I had started a year earlier.
Shortly after boarding Ambience, I was met by staff from Ambassador Cruise Lines shoreside head office team, who escorted me to the navigational bridge, where I was introduced to Captain Hugh Maynard. It was here that I officially unveiled my drawing to the cruise line.
Captain Maynard and the cruise line's staff seem very impressed by my accurate large-scale drawing of Ambience and had many questions. We also talked about drawing her fleet mate, Ambition, so watch this space! In the meantime, my drawing of Ambience will be displayed on board in the craft room on Deck 6.
Following the presentation on the bridge I explored the ship and enjoyed lunch on board. Of course, before leaving the bridge, I couldn't help but take a cheeky selfie on the external bridge wing!
You can purchase limited edition prints of my original drawing of Ambience by visiting our online shop. We ship all over the world and the prints are suitable for displaying at home, given there practical size.
"Thank you very much for the artwork of Ambassador Cruise Line's Ambience, which I received yesterday. It will make a wonderful Christmas present for my husband".
Harry Cotterill set up his blog when he was just 16-years old, making him one of the youngest cruise bloggers in the world. In later years he became known across the world for his amazing talent of drawing cruise ships!