For 2016 I currently have four cruises booked, so far! It is certainly going to be an exciting year, with four very different cruises to look forward to.
The first cruise is just one month away, on P&O Cruises' Ventura. I will be sailing on a 4 night cruise to Amsterdam and Bruges. This will be my second cruise with P&O Cruises.
My next cruise is in May on Royal Caribbean International's brand new Harmony of the Seas, the new world's largest cruise ship! This is another 4 night cruise, which visits Rotterdam with a sea day either side. It will be my first cruise with Royal Caribbean International!
In July I will be spending 4 nights aboard my favourite and much loved Queen Mary 2. The voyage is from Southampton to Hamburg and back, with two sea days so there will be plenty of time to enjoy the ship. The Cunard flagship is scheduled for a re-fit just before, so she should be in shipshape for us!
Finally in September I will embark on my first cruise with MSC Cruises on board MSC Splendida. This will also be the longest cruise I've done so far. The 7 night cruise visits Bruges, Amsterdam (overnight), Hamburg and Le Harve. We also have one sea day to fully relax on board.
I've currently got my eye on a few other cruises, so there might even be more to come! I look forward to hopefully meeting some of you on board. I would love to know what cruises you have booked and where you will be sailing to.
Last month I enjoyed a 2 night mini cruise aboard Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines' Boudicca, which took us from London, Tilbury to Rotterdam and back. On 15 December 2015, on the day we boarded the ship I had the chance to meet with the Master of Boudicca, Captain Sten Jensen.
We had only been aboard for a few minutes before the Captain came to meet both myself and our Non-Executive Director, Gavin Pamment, as we had gone to reception to ask about meeting him. When he met us at reception I asked if we could present my drawing on the bridge. The Captain was more than happy to escort us to the bridge, where I presented my drawing.
Bouddica was the only ship in the Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines' fleet which I had not yet visited or cruised aboard. She was also the only ship in the fleet of four which I had not yet presented a drawing on. She was however the 71st ship my drawings have been presented on.
The drawing which I had produced featured the new grey hull and red stripe which was added to the ship around a week or two before our cruise. The Captain seemed very impressed by the drawing and at first did not realise that it was for him to keep. When I told him he found the perfect place on the bridge, where he promised to display it.
I'm still working on my Cruise Review on Bouddica, but it should be online in the next week or two, so be sure to keep a look out for it!
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!