Later today I intend on starting work on my drawing of Norwegian Cruise Line's newest and largest ship, Norwegian Escape. The 164,400 ton ship is due to debut next month, with her first cruise leaving Hamburg, Germany on October 25. The huge vessel is schedule to arrive in Southampton, UK on October 27.
My father and I will be boarding Norwegian Escape in Southampton, joining the new ship for a 1 night taster cruise. We're both really looking forward to it! I know many of my fellow cruise industry colleagues will be on board, so if you see us be sure to say "Hello".
Back to the drawing... it is something I have both been really looking forward to but dreading at the same time, for quite a while. Norwegian Escape is certainly an impressively large ship, which would be difficult enough without the intricate artwork on her hull! Anyway what's life without a challenge? I've already drawn both Norwegian Breakway and Norwegian Getaway, so I am sure I can pull it off.
Of course, whilst on board I will be presenting the drawing. In fact I've already been in touch with Captain Evans Hoyt, who I met on board Norwegian Breakaway in 2013. He's looking forward to seeing the drawing and accepting it during the 1 night cruise.
I will be working on the drawing over the next three or four weeks. Make sure you watch our Facebook and Twitter pages closely, for updates and progress photos.
Earlier this month I was lucky enough to have the chance to step aboard Costa Luminosa during her transit call at Harwich International Port. I was joined on board by our Cruise Ambassador, Jordan, who up until this point had never stepped aboard a Costa Cruises ship.
The visit was made possible thanks to the Captain of another Costa Cruises ship, who I am in contact with via Facebook. He was able to get in touch with his colleagues aboard Costa Luminosa and ask if Jordan and I could visit. The Captain of Costa Luminosa was more than happy to have us visit.
Upon boarding the ship we were taken to meet the Captain in his cabin and then enjoyed a drink with him, after presenting my drawing in the theatre. Jordan and I were both presented with a model of the ship too! The Captain was very impressed with the drawing and was keen to ask plenty of questions about how I drew it. He informed me that he already had an idea where he might display it.
After spending well over an hour with the Captain, he went back to his duties and let us tour the ship ourselves. Jordan and I explored most of the passenger amenities on board Costa Luminosa and both of us were very impressed with the ship. We even enjoyed lunch on board before disembarking. We are both very much looking forward to our first cruise with Costa Cruises in the near future, probably!
Did you know from 19 - 27 September 2015 it is 'National Cruise Week' in the UK? The Cruise Line International Association (CLIA) are urging travel agents to use social media throughout the week and will be using #CLIACruiseFest.
Many of the leading cruise line partners have put together special offers and savings for Cruise Week. You can see some of them showcased below. For more information below please visit www.cruiseexperts.org.
Up to $150 on-board credit on offer with Carnival Cruise Lines
Half price fares for second passengers and complimentary drinks packages with Celebrity Cruises
Autumn special deals with Cruise & Maritime Voyages Cruise & Maritime Voyages
2015 cruise itineraries at £50 per person per night for an inside twin cabin with Fred. Olsen
Receive up to $400 to spend on-board with Holland America To celebrate Cruise Week
Free balcony upgrades with MSC Cruises
£35 complimentary spending money with Norwegian Cruise Line
Buy one get one half off or 50% off on selected itineraries with Royal Caribbean
Win a VIP experience with Voyages of Discovery
For further information about CLIA Cruise Week visit cruiseexperts.org or visit your local travel agent.
Unfortunately our ship visit aboard MSC Splendida in Southampton later this week has been cancelled. We received an email from MSC Cruises earlier today, which informed us that the visit will sadly no longer be taking place due to adverse maritime conditions in Northern Europe and strong winds.
MSC Cruises UK said:
It is a shame that the ship visit has been cancelled and that myself and Gavin will no longer be visiting the ship, but we can of course understand why the visit has been cancelled. In fact, it might actually be fate...
As many of you will be aware, Gavin and I are booked on a 7 night cruise aboard MSC Splendida next year. When we had the chance to visit the ship, we weren't sure if we should visit or not, or wait until our cruise, that way it would be a complete surprise for both of us! Now it is going to be anyway. So the first time we will see and step aboard MSC Splendida will be next September when we embark on our cruise. We can't wait!
Earlier today myself and our Non-Executive Director, Gavin Pamment took a trip down to Harwich to watch Holland America Line's Ryndam depart Harwich International Port for the final time. Departing Harwich the ship will spend 49 nights on route to Singapore, before then heading down to Australia where along with her sister Statendam, will be join the P&O Cruises Australia fleet.
Gavin and I had the pleasure of visiting Ryndam last weekend whilst she was berthed at Harwich International Port. We hope to have our ship visit review and blog reporting from the ship visit and presentation of my drawing online in the next few weeks!
September is turning out to be a busy month for us, packed with ship visits. Next week, Gavin and I are due to visit MSC Cruises' MSC Splendida in Southampton. As some of you might be aware, we're actually booked on a 7 night cruise aboard the ship in September 2016.
We wanted to visit the ship beforehand to see what we can expect from our upcoming cruise, but also to share the stunning ship with all of you. This will be Gavin's first experience of MSC Cruises, whilst I have previously visited MSC Lirica and MSC Magnifica.
On this particular occasion I will not be presenting a drawing on board to the Captain like with my many other ship visits and previous ship visits with MSC Cruises. Instead I intend to hopefully present a drawing on board next year during our cruise.
We are really very excited about our forthcoming ship visit aboard MSC Splendida, as what we've seen so far online and in brochures looks truly breathtaking. We cannot wait to step aboard! Make sure you keep a look out for our ship visit review upon our return and remember to follow along on Facebook and Twitter too.
I'm happy to announce that on Saturday 05 September, 2015 I will be visiting Holland America Line's Ryndam at Harwich International Port. Joining me on board for the visit will be our Non-Executive Director, Gavin.
As some of you may be aware Ryndam has been in the Holland America Line fleet since 1994, but will be transferring to the P&O Cruises Australia fleet very soon. I was very keen to do all that I could to visit the ship before ending her time with Holland America Line.
Thankfully Holland America Line so kindly accepted my request to visit the ship and present a drawing on board before the ship leaves the fleet. We are due to board the ship at 10:00 and will hopefully be meeting the Captain to present my drawing followed by a complete tour of the passenger areas on board. Remember to keep a look out for our ship visit review following our visit on board.
23 year old Harry Cotterill is one of the youngest cruise bloggers in the world. He's become known across the world for his amazing talent of drawing cruise ships!