2017 has been a very busy year for me, full of so many wonderful moments. I’m doing my best to catch up with them all, so please bear with me!
One of the most memorable moments this year so far, was having the opportunity to spend a night on board the awe-inspiring new MSC Merviglia in Le Harve, France, just one day before the brand new cruise ship was officially christened.
Gavin and I met the MSC Cruises team in London early on the morning of 02 June, before travelling to Le Harve. Admittedly it wasn’t the most relaxing or smooth journey there but after many hours we finally stepped on board MSC Meraviglia and it was more than worth it!!!
The ship was simply spectacular! During our overnight stay on board the newest addition to the MSC Cruises fleet I was able to meet with Antonio Paradiso, the Managing Director of MSC Cruises in the UK & Ireland.
Antonio had so kindly agreed to welcome us on board the new ship and in return I produced a drawing of MSC Meraviglia. Antonio was so impressed with my drawing that he arranged for me to meet with the CEO of MSC Cruises, Pierfrancesco Vago and I presented my drawing to him personally.
The presentation took place in the Galleria Meraviglia, the huge two-deck high atrium which runs through the middle of the ship on decks 6 and 7. It is a popular place on board full of many different venues, so naturally it was very busy and full of guests enjoying their night on board. As I unveiled my drawing it got quite a bit of attention but we didn’t notice right away. When Antonio looked up to the deck above, many guests were taking photographs of my drawing!
It was a truly great honour to present my drawing on board MSC Meraviglia and I was so happy that both Antonio and his CEO loved the drawing. The CEO liked the drawing so much that he immediately told me that he would have it framed and displayed at the MSC Cruises head office in Italy! What an honour!!
He was so thankful for the drawing too and promise to organise for a ship model to me sent to me. A little while after returning home the ship model arrived and it is now alongside the others in my drawing room and office.
I would like to say a massive thank you once again to everyone at MSC Cruises who looked after us during our journey to and from Le Harve and whilst on board MSC Meraviglia. I’m particularly thankful to Antonio Paradiso for his time and for making it all possible.
I can’t wait to draw the next new MSC Cruises ship, MSC Seaside and eventually the first World Class cruise ship!!!
23 year old Harry Cotterill is one of the youngest cruise bloggers in the world. He's become known across the world for his amazing talent of drawing cruise ships!