Master of Freedom of the Seas, Captain Rob Hempstead
Earlier this month, you may remember we received an email from the Master of Freedom of the Seas, Captain Rob Hempstead, in response to our especially assigned drawing of the vessel, which was presented aboard in October 2011, by our wonderful Volunteers @ Sea, Sue & Shelia.
Unfortunately due to a serve storm and rough seas, the Captain was extremly busy during their cruise and on this ocasion 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 original email the Master of Freedom of the Seas, Captain Rob Hempstead, said:
" 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 later replied to Captain Rob Hempstead's email and asked if he would be kind enough to send us a photograph of our especially assigned drawing in its frame, so that we could share it with you. On Christmas Day we received another email from the Captain and attached was a truly spectacular photograph of our drawing in its frame!
In his latest email, Master of Freedom of the Seas, Captain Rob Hempstead, said:
" It is currently hanging downstairs in my home, but my plan is to try and get it to the ship. Not an easy task as it is quite large and fragile. I am soon to sign back aboard Freedom of the Seas son once back aboard I will see about finding a suitable spot for it. "
Harry Cotterill, President & Managing Director, Dream Designs Colchester, said:
" It was such a lovely surprise to receive an email from the Captain, with a photograph of my drawing attached on Christmas Day. The frame is splendid and it certainly makes the drawing look even more impressive! "
" I do hope that Captain Rob Hempstead will find a suitable location on board Freedom of the Seas to display the drawing, when he joins the ship again shortly."
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!