Royal Caribbean International's Freedom of the Seas in Southampton in 2006
Last week we received a truly wonderful email, from the Master of Freedom of the Seas, Captain Rob Hempstead.
His email was in response to our especially assigned drawing of Freedom of the Seas, which our Volunteers @ Sea, Sue & Shelia took aboard with them during their annual family cruise in October 2011.
It was hoped that Sue & Shelia would have the opportunity to meet with Captain Rob Hempstead to present the drawing on behalf of Dream Designs Colchester.
Unfortunately due to a serve storm and rough seas, the Captain was extremly busy during their cruise and on this ocassion an official drawing presentation was not possible. However, Sue & Shelia were lucky enough to meet with the Hotel Director aboard Freedom of the Seas, who passed on our drawing to Captain Rob Hempstead.
In his emailed the Master of Freedom of the Seas, Captain Rob Hempstead, wrote:
" Your generosity and thoughtfulness is amazing and I am honored and humbled to have received this special gift from you. I have since had the drawing professionally framed, which I received back from the frame shop just a few days ago, and it looks fantastic. "
" It was an unusual job for this frame shop to do such a long (7 feet) framing so it took a while longer than normal. I will try to find a place on board to have it displayed if at all possible. Getting it back to the ship will be a delicate operation as well, as now that it is framed it is quite fragile. Since we no longer have an art auctioneer on board the ability to have had it framed onboard was not an option."
We have since replied to the email which Captain Rob Hempstead sent us and have asked if he would be kind enough to send us some photographs of our drawing, both for ourselves and of course to share with you too!
Harry Cotterill, President & Managing Director, Dream Designs Colchester, said:
" It was a really wonderful surprise to receive the email from Captain Rob Hempstead last week, in repsone to our drawing of Freedom of the Seas which was presented to him in October 2011."
" I was absolutely delighted to read how pleased the Captain was with our drawing and further more that he was kind enough to have our drawing professionally framed! "
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!