In April 2018 I spent two nights on board Celebrity Silhouette, sailing from Southampton to Le Havre in France and back. The mini cruise was actually the first time the ship had ever sailed from Southampton and it was also my first time cruising with Celebrity Cruises.
Just eleven days before setting sail I started work on a large-scale drawing of Celebrity Silhouette, which I hoped I would be able to present to the Captain on board during the two night cruise.
I worked very hard to ensure that the drawing was completed on time and ready before we set sail! I finished the drawing just two days before we set sail. Just before I completed the drawing, the PR team from Celebrity Cruises contacted me as they had seen the drawing on social media and asked if I would like to meet with their team on board for a coffee.
The team also helped arrange for me to visit the bridge so that I could meet the Captain and hand over my drawing to him personally. I was invited to the bridge, along with the PR team and some others guests at 08:00 on the second day of our cruise whilst the ship was berthed in Le Havre.
Captain George Iatrou was very welcoming and seemed quite impressive with the drawing, especially when I told him how quickly I had drawn it. He asked what other ships I had drawn in the fleet. I had previously had drawings presented on board Celebrity Solstice, Celebrity Summit, Celebrity Infinity and Celebrity Constellation.
The Captain told me that he would find a spot to display the drawing on board, probably on the bridge like Celebrity Solstice. Celebrity Silhouette was actually the 89th ship which I have had my drawings presented on board.
I would like to extend my thanks to Celebrity Cruises, the PR team and the Captain for their warm welcome and for allowing me to present my drawing on board Celebrity Silhouette. I'm looking forward to cruising with Celebrity Cruises again in the future and possibly drawing another of their ships... maybe the exciting new Celebrity Edge!!
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!