Seabourn Sojourn approaches Calshot
On September 10th 2012, Dream Designs Colchester had the honour of visiting Seabourn Cruise Line’s, Seabourn Sojourn, whilst the vessel was berthed alongside Ocean Terminal in Southampton.
Seabourn Cruise Line was kind enough to offer us the opportunity to visit Seabourn Sojourn after we sent our especially assigned drawing of their newest ship, Seabourn Quest to them in February 2012. We were of course delighted to accept the invitation.
Harry Cotterill, President & Managing Director, Dream Designs Colchester was delighted to be joined by Gavin Pamment, Photographer, Dream Designs Colchester for the visit to Seabourn Sojourn.
On the morning of their visit aboard Seabourn Sojourn they awoke at 05:15 and made their way from the Hotel which they were staying at to Town Quay, where they watched the ship arrive and carefully manoeuvre alongside her berth at Ocean Terminal.
Upon boarding Seabourn Sojourn Harry and Gavin were immediately taken to the bridge where they were greeted by Richard Roll, Third Officer, Seabourn Sojourn. As they waited for the Captain to arrive on the bridge Harry and Gavin took the chance to take a number of photographs.
At 10:00 the Master of Seabourn Sojourn, Captain Hamish Elliott entered the bridge and personally welcomed Harry and Gavin aboard. Harry then had the opportunity to unveil his especially assigned drawing of Seabourn Sojourn to the Captain. The Captain was very impressed with our drawing. He informed us that Richard Meadows, President, Seabourn Cruise Line was equally impressed by our drawing of Seabourn Quest which was sent to him in February 2012.
After unveiling his drawing to the Captain, Harry then officially presented the Captain with the drawing and a special presentation plaque. Gavin captured a number of photographs of the official presentation.
In return for our especially assigned drawing of Seabourn Sojourn Captain Hamish Elliott presented Harry with a lovely framed photograph of the ship. Once the official presentation was complete Harry and Gavin chatted to the Captain for quite some time together with the Third Officer.
Once the Captain had left the bridge, Richard invited Harry and Gavin to explore the bridge in more detail and guided them through the countless controls and systems which are used aboard Seabourn Sojourn.
Sometime later after an extensive and informative tour of the bridge Richard then escorted Harry and Gavin throughout the various public areas on board as well as many of the crew areas too. Their tour started on Deck 10 at the Observation Lounge, before taking a look at the Sun Terrace on Deck 11. On their way around the ship they had the opportunity to look at many of the different categories of suites on board, including the extravagant Winter Garden Suite. As they worked their way through the ship they visited the many other public areas on board including The Restaurant, Seabourn Square and The Colonnade.
Throughout the tour of Seabourn Sojourn Harry and Gavin were taken into many of the crew areas aboard the ship. On Deck 4 they explored the main galley before working their way through the many other crew areas on board on the lower decks. This included areas such as the forward and aft mooring station, the control room, the on board stores and various other areas.
When Richard had completed the tour he then escorted Harry and Gavin back up to the bridge on Deck 9 where they awaited for the Captain to finish his duties with other visitors. As they waited it gave Harry and Gavin the chance to explore a little more before departing the vessel. Once he had completed his duties with the other guests, the Captain briefly spoke to them, before bidding them farewell. Richard then escorted both Harry and Gavin from the bridge to Deck 4 where the gangway was situated.
Later that evening Harry and Gavin ventured to Calshot which is a popular viewing point for shipspotters. They arrived at Calshot at approximately 17:30. Upon arriving Gavin picked the perfect vantage point to capture Seabourn Sojourn as she sailed up the Solent. With Harry alongside they waited as the ship approached Calshot.
Before they departed Seabourn Sojourn Harry and Gavin informed Captain Hamish Elliott and Richard Roll, Third Officer, Seabourn Sojourn that they would watch Seabourn Sojourn as she departed Southampton from Calshot and told them to keep a look out! As Seabourn Sojourn passed the Calshot the Captain had his binoculars at the ready and spotted Harry and Gavin on the shoreline. The Third Officer Richard then waved a large cut out hand to them from the starboard bridge wing, together with the Captain.
Richard Roll, Third Officer, Seabourn Sojourn seen waving a large cut out hand together with Captain Hamish Elliott to Harry Cotterill, President & Managing Director, Dream Designs Colchester and Gavin Pamment, Photographer, Dream Designs Colchester as they watched the ship depart from the shoreline at Calshot
Harry Cotterill, President and Managing Director, Dream Designs Colchester Said:
“It was a great honour and privilege to visit Seabourn Sojourn and have the chance to present my drawing to Captain Hamish Elliott. I was overwhelmed by the elegance and style which Seabourn Sojourn has. She really is an incredible ship!”
“ I would like to extand my appreciation to Seabourn Cruise Line for giving us the opportunity to visit Seabourn Sojourn and officially present our especially assigned drawing to the Captain.”
Gavin Pamment, Photographer, Dream Designs Colchester Said:
“ This was my third visit aboard a ship with Dream Designs Colchester and I felt we received a very warm welcome from all the crew aboard Seabourn Sojourn, including the Captain and Third Officer, Richard Roll. His detailed tour of the ship showed us what life at sea is like for both passengers and the crew.”
You can view more photographs from our visit to Seabourn Sojourn and the Official Drawing Presentation by visiting the new 'September 10th 2012' page in the
'Our History' section of our website!
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!