Saga Sapphire arrival at Southampton on March 26th 2012
Earlier this week on Monday 26th March 2012, the newly refurbished Saga Sapphire arrived in Southampton after departing the shipyard in Italy where the ship's transformation took place.
The vessel is the newest addition to the Saga fleet and joins Saga Ruby and Saga Pearl II.
We are very proud to have a connection with Saga and include them in our new 'Our Friendships' concept.
Our connection with Saga originated in 2008. In August 2009 we had the pleasure of our drawing of Saga Ruby being presented to the Master of the vessel, Captain Philip Rentell, by Mr Robert Taylor on behalf of Dream Designs Colchester, during his cruise aboard.
In February 2012, we took the opportunity to assign a drawing of Saga Sapphire. We also decided to take the opportunity to contact Saga to further continue our connection and friendship.
We received a great response from Saga and the staff which we corresponded with were extremely helpful and friendly. They were very pleased to see our drawing and have kindly offered us the chance to visit Saga Sapphire in the coming months and we will be working with them closely to arrange the visit.
Grant Laversuch, Operations Director, Saga Shipping, said:
" Many thanks for the email and copies of your drawing. Both you and Stephen Card have very nice drawings of what Saga Sapphire should look like !! "
" You are very welcome to visit the ship later in the year once it is in service and I can make these arrangements. However having just completely refurbished the ship to the designers requirements, we won’t be in a position to purchase your drawing."
Unfortunately, since our drawing of Saga Sapphire was assigned in February 2012, a number of changes have since been made to the vessel, including the removable of Lifeboats 1&2 as well as the addition of a new funnel design. We did however manage to include the new balconies in our drawing!
Harry Cotterill, President & Managing Director, Dream Designs Colchester, said:
" It was a great pleasured to receive such a welcoming and friendly response from Saga. Although it was disappointing that Saga were not in a position to purchase a drawing, we feel very honoured that Saga have offered us the opportunity to visit their new vessel in the not too distant future. "
" The addition of Saga Sapphire has been a wonderful opportunity to continue our friendship and connection with Saga. I am more than certain, that before we visit Saga Sapphire, I personally will assign a new drawing of the vessel, this time including the new features of the ship. Hopefully we will be lucky enough to present the drawing to the Captain during our visit aboard. "
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!