Royal Caribbean International's Brilliance of the Seas
On July 27th 2013, we had the opportunity to visit Royal Caribbean International’s newly refurbished Brilliance of the Seas, during a turnaround call at Harwich International Port.
Visiting Brilliance of the Seas were Harry Cotterill, President & Managing Director, Dream Designs Colchester and Gavin Pamment, Chief Photographer, Dream Designs Colchester.
Upon arriving at Harwich International Port at approximately 09:00 Harry and Gavin entered the Cruise Terminal and made their way over to the Passes Office. Unfortunately there had been a mistake with the visitors lists, so they were required to wait for a member of the ship’s security team to meet them.
Sometime later they were met by a Security Officer, who they informed them that Julie Julie Sherrington, Guest Services Manager was coming to meet them and she would escort them both aboard Brilliance of the Seas.
Sadly it took over 2 hours before we were met by the Guest Services Manager in the Cruise Terminal. Harry and Gavin waited almost another hour before they were finally taken aboard Brilliance of the Seas. Julie Sherrington told them that the delay in boarding was as the Staff Captain was not ready until 12:00.
Upon boarding the vessel on Deck 4 they waited in the Centrum Lobby with Guest Services Manager, Julie Sherrington, whilst the Security Officers contacted the bridge. A short while later the Staff Captain came to meet with Harry and Gavin and welcomed them aboard Brilliance of the Seas, inviting them to the bridge.
On the bridge of Brilliance of the Seas, Harry was able to officially present his especially assigned drawing of the vessel to Staff Captain, Fredric Malmberg and 1st Officers, Krasimar Vasilev and Cesar Lopez. All 3 senior members of crew were very impressed with the drawing and the Staff Captain said they would endeavour to find a suitable place on board to display the drawing.
Following the official drawing presentation, Harry and Gavin were allowed to explore the bridge and had the chance to sit in one of the command chairs on board Brilliance of the Seas.
Gavin Pamment, Chief Photographer, Dream Designs Colchester, said:
After exploring the bridge, Staff Captain, Fredric Malmberg invited both Harry and Gavin to enjoy lunch on board in the Windjammer Café on Deck 11 and informed them that they were welcome to explore the ship.
Unfortunately having boarded so late, the Windjammer Café would have been very busy and instead Harry and Gavin decided to explore the wide range of amenities available to guest on board, starting from the upper decks and working their way down to Deck 4 where they had boarded.
During their self-guided tour they had the opportunity to see almost all of the venues and amenities on board, including many of the new additions added in the recent refurbishment, such as the Poolside Movie Screen, Izumi, Rita’s Cantina, the brand new Pub, Chef’s Table and the R Bar in the Centrum.
Other venues they explored included the Viking Crown Lounge, Adventure Ocean and Video Arcade, the famous Rock Climbing Wall and nine hole miniature golf course, the Vitality At Sea Spa and Fitness Center, the Solarium, Chops Grille, Casino Royale, the Mistrel Dining Room and more!
Ending their extensive self-guided tour on Deck 4 at approximately 13:45, they made their way back to the Centrum Lobby to disembark the vessel.
Before leaving Harwich International Port, Harry and Gavin both took the opportunity to have a number of photographs taken from outside the Cruise Terminal with Brilliance of the Seas berthed behind them.
Harry Cotterill, President & Managing Director, Dream Designs Colchester, said:
Visit our new JULY 27TH 2013 page in the HISTORY section of our website to view even more photos!
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!