Harwich International Port view from the bridge
On August 10th 2013 we had the chance to visit Thomson Cruises’ Thomson Spirit during a turnaround call at Harwich International Port.
This was in fact our 4th visit aboard Thomson Spirit, our first being on August 28th 2009.
On this particularly visit Harry Cotterill, President & Managing Director, Dream Designs Colchester was joined aboard Thomson Spirit by Gavin Pamment, Chief Photographer, Dream Designs Colchester.
They arrived at Harwich International Port somewhat earlier than planned, so spent some time in the Café adjacent to the Cruise Terminal. At approximately 10:30, they made their way into the Cruise Terminal to collect their boarding passes from the Pass Office. Harry and Gavin were then invited to make their way aboard Thomson Spirit, passing through security before making their way along the passenger boarding gangway.
Upon boarding Thomson Spirit on Deck 4 (Main Deck) they we welcomed aboard by the on board security team who contacted Dawn Lancaster, Thomson Charter Manager, Thomson Spirit, who together with Captain Ioannis Notarakis helped arrange the visit.
A short while later Dawn Lancaster came to meet and welcome Harry and Gavin aboard Thomson Spirit. Nearby to where they boarded on Deck 4 (Main Deck) Harry had the opportunity to view his new drawing of Thomson Spirit displayed in the Reception area, which was officially presented to Captain Ioannis Notarakis on September 1st 2012.
After viewing the drawing Dawn Lancaster kindly asked Harry and Gavin to wait in the Reception area whilst she contacted the bridge to see if the Captain was available, luckily he was, but was going ashore shortly. Dawn Lancaster then escorted Harry and Gavin were to the bridge on Deck 8 (Bridge Deck).
Entering the bridge, Captain Ioannis Notarakis was quick to welcome Harry and Gavin, who he last met on September 1st 2012 during the official presentation of our drawing of Thomson Spirit.
Harry and Gavin spent close to half an hour on the bridge talking to Captain Ioannis Notaraksis, Dawn Lancaster and other members of the ship’s crew and enjoyed a drink whilst exploring the bridge too.
Whilst exploring the bridge, both they were sure to capture plenty of photographs and took the chance to have a number of photographs taken on the bridge wings as well as a shot at the wheel of Thomson Spirit!
Having extensively explored the bridge of Thomson Spirit, Dawn Lancaster invited Harry and Gavin to tour the ship at their leisure and enjoy lunch on board in the Lido Restaurant, should they wish to do so.
Although both Harry and Gavin had toured Thomson Spirit previously they still enjoyed exploring some of the many venues on board, such as the Broadway Show Lounge, High Spirits bar and the Lido Deck & Terrace Grill before making their way to the Lido Restaurant on Deck 5 (Broadway Deck).
After enjoying their delicious lunch in the Lido Restaurant, Harry and Gavin took the chance to tour Thomson Spirit a little more before disembarking the vessel, including the Video Arcade, Oceans Health Club and the Sports Court.
Harry Cotterill, President & Managing Director, Dream Designs Colchester, said:
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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!