It doesn't seem long at all since I was on my last ship visit and already my next one if just a week away! On Friday 04 September, 2015 I will be visiting Costa Luminosa at Harwich International Port whilst the vessel is berthed there on a transit call.
Joining me on board for the visit will be our Cruise Ambassador, Jordan Bailey. We're due to embark about 10:00 and then hopefully have enough time to explore most, if not all of the public areas on board.
For the past week or so I have been working hard on a brand new drawing of Costa Luminosa, which I intend to present whilst on board. At present we do not know if the Captain will be available to accept it, but hope if not that another senior member of the crew will be able to do so.
As always, following the ship visit we will be publishing a ship visit review, complete with plenty of photographs so be sure to look out for it. In the meantime you can keep up to date via our social media pages.
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On Saturday 15 August, 2015 I had the pleasure of visiting the beautiful Hebridean Princess during the vessel's maiden call to Chatham Docks. In fact, Hebridean Princess was only the second cruise ship to ever visit the port. I was joined aboard by our Non-Executive Director, Gavin, who unlike me had not visited the ship before.
Upon arriving on the quayside we spotted the Captain, who at pretty much the same time spotted us and welcome us and then escorted us on board. Upon boarding the vessel, Gavin and I enjoyed a drink with Captain Richard Heaton in the Conservatory on the Promenade Deck.
After chatting for a while, the Captain took us both on a guided tour of the ship. I had already seen most of the public areas on board the ship from my visit on board in August 2011, but since then the ship has been refurbished. Gavin who had not seen the ship before was pleasantly impressed. There's a real friendly family feeling on board!
Our guided tour of the ship ended with us visiting the bridge, where I had the opportunity to officially present my brand new drawing of Hebridean Princess to the Captain. He seemed quite impressed with the drawing and mentioned about possibly finding a suitable location on board to display it.
You can read my complete ship visit review of our visit on board Hebridean Princess and take a look at many more photographs by clicking on the button directly below.
It's been quite a while since my last blog as things have been pretty busy! I'm happy to find a moment to put together this blog, to let you all know that this weekend on Saturday 15 August, 2015 I will be visiting the beautiful Hebridean Princess!
Gavin will be joining me for the visit aboard whilst the ship is berthed at Chatham Docks. I visited the ship in August 2011 at Harwich International Port, but this will be Gavin's first time on board. The ship has also been refurbished since I last visited.
Whilst on board we hope to meet with Captain Richard Heaton, who I met in 2011. I have taken the time to produce a brand new drawing of the ship which I will be presenting to the Captain.
We're really looking forward to the visit and upon our return I will be putting together a new ship visit review of Hebridean Princess, so be sure to keep a look out for it!
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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!