So here we are, the last day of 2015 has arrived and this means my last blog post of the year. That being so, I would like to take this opportunity to thank each and every one of you who have supported Cruise Cotterill throughout 2015.
Depending where you are in the world, you might have already welcomed the New Year. I wish you all a very Happy New Year and hope to see so many of you again aboard ship in 2016!
To all our wonderful followers, supporters, customers and cruise line and travel agent friends...
We would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your kind support, assistance, custom and friendship this year, and wish you a very Merry Christmas!
I'm getting more and more excited for my 2 night mini cruise on Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines' Bouddica. It's now just one week away! We set sail from Tilbury and will visit Rotterdam before returning back to Tilbury.
This will be the second time Gavin and I have sailed with Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines, having done a 2 night mini cruise on Braemar earlier this year in April. We enjoyed the experience on Braemar, so are confident we will have a wonderful cruise on Bouddica.
Last month Bouddica went into dry dock at the Lloyd Werft shipyard in Bremerhaven, Germany. During the refurbishment 28 new 'terrace balconies' were added to the ship, on Deck 7. These new cabins extend out 1.2 metres from the ship’s bulkhead, providing guests with an increased choice of cost-effective balcony cabins. Our mini cruise will be the second cruise following the refurbishment, so we will be amongst the first passengers to see the updates.
As some of you might have seen, late last month I completed a drawing of Bouddica and as you've probably guessed, I will indeed be presenting it to the Captain whilst on board. I've been in touch with Fred. OIsen Cruise Lines' public relations team to get it arranged.
Having completed the drawing, I actually had to go back and 'refurbish' the drawing, to include the new red and grey stripe which has been painted on Bouddica's hull. Thankfully I had already included the new terrace balconies as I did my homework!
Following our cruise and return home we will be posting a cruise review with plenty of photographs too! We are also hoping to be able to post to our social media pages during the cruise so be sure to keep a look out on Facebook and Twitter.
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!