In May 2023, I was contacted by Edward Verwood who requested a quote for a large-scale drawing of Carnival Cruise Line’s former Carnival Fantasy, which was scrapped following the pandemic. Edward had cruised on the ship many times and wanted to display the drawing in his home.
Following the scrapping of Carnival Fantasy, Edward began cruising on the newer and larger Carnival Glory from his local cruise port in New Orleans. Edward has cruised on Carnival Glory more than 20 times and it became his new favourite ship after the Carnival Fantasy.
Carnival Glory has homeported in New Orleans for many years, but Carnival Cruise Line are now redeploying the ship to sail from Port Canaveral in 2024. Edward subsequently asked me to produce a large-scale drawing of Carnival Glory, which I was only too happy to do for him.
I completed the large-scale drawing of Carnival Glory, depicted in the new Carnival Cruise Line livery and shipped it to Edward in August. He was thrilled with the drawing and has since also commissioned me to produce a large-scale drawing of Madi Gras too, which I am super excited to start drawing next year sometime!
Previously, I have presented my artwork on many cruise ships across the globe, meeting the captain on the bridge to unveil my large-scale drawing of the ship. Many of these have been displayed on board. Edward requested if he could gift his drawing of Carnival Glory to the captain, on my behalf, during one of his three back-to-back cruises in November 2023. I was of course so moved by this kind gesture and willingly agreed.
I contacted Carnival Cruise Line to arrange for Edward to meet with the captain during his 21-nights on board. Another captain of Carnival Glory had already reached out to me on LinkedIn to say how impressed he was by my drawing of the ship!
When Edward boarded Carnival Glory he went to guest services who set up for him to visit the navigation bridge to meet with the captain of the ship. During the first of his three back-to-back cruises, Edward was welcomed to the bridge and unveiled my drawing on my behalf to the captain. This kind gift from him to the ship, was a touching tribute to commemorate his many cruises and the ship’s time cruising from New Orleans over the years. The captain promised to display the drawing on board. Carnival Glory is one of no less than 98 ships which my artwork has been presented and or displayed on board.
Later, during his second of the three back-to-back cruises, Edward received a photo album from the captain, featuring the presentation on the bridge, as well as a short hand written message which read: ‘Thank you very much for this beautiful replica of the Carnival Glory. Captain Nicola Iaccarino.’
On Edwards’ third back-to-back, and final cruise on Carnival Glory, he received a photo from the captain showing that his gifted drawing, which he had commissioned me to draw, had been framed and was now displayed in the captain’s office above his desk. Edward told me that the captain wanted to see the beautiful drawing whilst working.
I am honoured that the captain has so kindly displayed my drawing on board in his office and so thankful to Edward for his kind gesture. Edward has also asked me to draw the Carnival Glory for him again. This second drawing will be kept in his own art collection at home, as a keepsake, to remind him of his many cruises on board Carnival Glory from New Orleans.
You can now purchase limited edition large-scale and small-scale prints of my drawing of Carnival Glory in our online shop.
Edward and I are also discussing a new commission of a large-scale drawing of Carnival Dream, to add to his growing collection of my drawings of the Carnival Cruise Line ships he has cruised on.
If you would like to commission me to produce a one-of-a-kind drawing, please get in touch for a quote and I would be happy to discuss the project with you!
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!