Time and work have prevented me from posting this before now – so my apologies!
The beginning of June saw the entire team down in Southampton docks to start the 10 day long preparation for the inauguration of the beautiful new cruise ship from Princess Cruises, The Royal Princess.
Settling ourselves into our temporary workroom located in the Ocean Terminal building we were privileged to be able to witness her coming into the dock upon her arrival. Majestic and grand, she sailed in – despite the awful weather it was a wonderful sight. With the capacity to carry 3560 passengers she is certainly big!
Over the course of 10 days the team decorated the terminal building with fabulous displays of white and blue flowers, including, roses, delphiniums, hydrangea and orchids for the guests to enjoy before embarking on-board the ship. The ships suites were decorated with vases of flowers for further enjoyment by the guests.
The 12th June was the wonderful gala dinner, attended by VIP guests. The tables for the event, on board 3 of the ships restaurants, were decorated with silver mirror vases, filled with hydrangea, roses, freesia and agapanthus along with nightlights for a soft glow.
The logistics of installing 375 table centres onto a cruise ship, along with 1100 nightlights, and then distributing them correctly between the restaurants was a fun challenge. Especially as it was blowing a gale, pouring with rain and the tide was rising! but despite the weather doing its worst all went smoothly.
The following morning was the grand event – the naming of the ship by HRH the Duchess of Cambridge. An early start of 5am saw me creating 2 very special bouquets which were to be presented to HRH Duchess of Cambridge. The first just after the ship was named and the second when HRH the Duchess of Cambridge boarded the ship.
The first bouquet in shades of pale pink, white and cream was created using English garden roses and freesia, the second was in shades of lemon, lilac and white and again used roses, freesia, campanula, phlox and clusters of double lisianthus. http://www.itv.com/news/meridian/story/2013-06-12/duchess-to-name-cruise-ship/
The rest of the team, headed up by the manager John, decorated the naming platform upon which the Duchess was to stand with flowers in shades of blue and white. John also created a huge bow which was attached to the enormous bottle of champagne! the staging and production were all created by the brilliant team at Under The Radar who also gave me the opportunity to be a Duchess for all of 5 minutes, and gave me the scissors one evening to help them test the breaking of the bottle against the hull of the ship. Slightly nervous !- I have no idea how the Duchess must have felt with a few more than just the production crews eyes on her as well as the worlds media!
A successful and privileged event for us and another wonderful Cruise Ship to add to our portfolio.