On 21 April 2018 I was lucky enough to step aboard the brand new Norwegian Bliss during her inaugural visit to Southampton. Just six days before the ship docked in Southampton I secured a place on the visitors list and also completed my large-scale drawing of the ship which measures nearly 2 metres in length.
I was able to get in touch with the Staff Captain, Robert Lundberg, who had met me indirectly three times before when I had presented drawings on board Norwegian Breakaway, Norwegian Getaway and Norwegian Escape during their inaugural visits to Southampton.
The Staff Captain recalled seeing me present my drawings on the three previous ships and was kind enough to grant me permission to visit Norwegian Bliss to present my newest drawing on board the brand new ship. I was a little worried I was going to miss out getting on board so when I received the email from the Staff Captain direct from the ship I was over the moon!!
I was joined on board Norwegian Bliss by my partner Gavin and our good friend Tom. Tom had never been on a cruise ship before and was really impressive with the new ship. We explored the ship a little before visiting the bridge around midday where I met with the Staff Captain and unveiled my drawing to him. He informed me that the Captain wasn't free right then but that he would be around a little later for me to officially unveiled the drawing and to hand it over to him personally. Just in case, I asked if I could have a photograph with the Staff Captain.
We spent sometime looking around the bridge and the Staff Captain left us in the hands of the friendly First Officer who answered any questions we had. After our first visit to the bridge we continue to look around the impressive new ship before calling back again later that afternoon before we disembarked. Thankfully the Captain was around this time (he had his family on board so was with them earlier when we called) and he was delighted to receive the drawing. He asked if I had the blueprints of the ship and when I informed him I had drawn only from photographs on the internet alone he seemed quite impressed!
The drawing will hopefully be displayed on board, like my previous drawings of the other three Norwegian Cruise Line ships I have presented drawings on in Southampton. I informed the Captain that the other drawings are displayed on Deck 4 by the passenger tender area and perhaps he could display it in the same position.
I will be in touch with the Staff Captain in a few weeks to see if they have yet decided on a suitable place to display the drawing and hopefully I will be able to share some photographs. If you're on board Norwegian Bliss currently or if the future keep a look out for my drawing and be sure to let me know you've seen it!
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!