Astor berthed at Harwich International Port
On August 16th 2012, Dream Designs Colchester had the privilege of visiting Transocean Kreuzfahrten’s 20,700 tonne ship, Astor at Harwich International Port.
Previously on July 17th 2011, Astor visited Harwich International Port. Whilst the ship was berthed alongside the cruise terminal our previously especially assigned drawing of Astor was kindly presented aboard the vessel on our behalf by Harwich International Port.
After having our drawing presented aboard Astor on July 17th 2011, we were delighted that the vessel would be visiting Harwich International Port twice during 2012. We took the opportunity to contact Transocean Kreuzfahrten to request permission to visit their ship and officially present our new drawing to the captain and his crew.
Due to the ever exceeding excellence of our drawings our staff therefore took the decision to especially assign a brand new drawing of Astor. We were delighted when Transocean Kreuzfahrten accepted our request and granted us permission to visit Astor at Harwich International Port on August 16th 2012.
Harry Cotterill, President & Managing Director, Dream Designs Colchester was joined by the newest member of the Dream Designs Colchester team, Gavin Pamment. They boarded Astor at approximately 10:30 where they were directed to reception. A short while after the Cruise Director’s Assistant arrived to welcome them aboard and escorted them to the Hanse Bar at the stern of the vessel.
Whilst outside the Hanse Bar on one of the ship’s sun terraces at the stern of the vessel Harry and Gavin enjoyed drinks and light refreshments together with the Cruise Director’s Assistant.
A short while later Captain Sergey Strusevych and the Cruise Director emerged together outside and greeted Harry and Gavin and then invited them both into the Hanse Bar. Harry was then given the opportunity to officially present his brand new especially assigned drawing of Astor to the Captain. In return Captain Sergey Strusevych presented Harry with a beautiful framed photograph of Astor.
After the official presentation Harry and Gavin were given the opportunity to enjoy the remainder of their refreshments before they were met by the Assistant Shores Excursions Manager. They were then invited to tour the ship’s numerous passenger amenities, including the ship’s various bars and lounges, such as the Astor Lounge as well as the enchanting Spa Oasis, before ending the tour at the Waldorf Restaurant.
They were then invited to enjoy a delicious lunch in the Waldorf Restaurant. The 4 course lunch consisted of an appetising soup, which was followed by a light potato dish, before the scrumptious turkey breasts and potato salad and lovely ice cream desert.
Upon finishing their lunch Harry and Gavin then spent the remainder of their time aboard Astor viewing the ship’s amenities for themselves, before disembarking the vessel at approximately 14:30.
Late that evening Harry and Gavin took the opportunity to observe Astor once again from the Cruise Terminal at Harwich International Port. They then later watched the vessel set sail from Ha’penny Pier located on the seafront of the historic town of Harwich, and waved farewell to the ship, Captain Sergey Strusevych and his crew.
Gavin Pamment, Photographer, Dream Designs Colchester, said:
“ It was a pleasure to be able to join Harry aboard Transocean Kreuzfahrten’s Astor at Harwich International Port last week. As my first ever visit aboard a cruise ship I was overwhelmed by the magnitude of the vessel and the friendliness of the crew on board.”
Harry Cotterill, President & Managing Director, Dream Designs Colchester, said:
“I was delighted that Gavin and I had the chance to visit Transocean Kreuzfahrten’s elegant and classic ship Astor. We both had a most enjoyable time aboard the vessel and were honoured and privileged to meet with Captain Sergey Strusevych to officially present my new drawing of Astor.”
“ I would like to take this opportunity to thank all the staff at Transocean Kreuzfahrten and the Captain and crew aboard Astor. We hope to continue our connection and friendship with Transocean Kreuzfahrten and look forward to visiting Astor again in the not too distant future.”
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!