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Perfect Palma panorama

Incredibly detailed sketch drawn entirely from memory

To mark the start of the biggest cruise ship in the world's voyages around the Mediterranean, its owners, Royal Caribbean, commissioned artist Stephen Wilshire to produce a panorama of the views passengers will have as they enter the ports of call.

And what a drawing it is! Not only is the panorama of three cities; Barcelona, Palma and Marseille intricately detailed down to the finest point, but even more astonishingly it was drawn entirely from memory a month after Stephen Wilshire had visited the area.

Stephen was a guest on The Harmony of the Seas, the biggest cruise ship ever built which towers 72 metres above the water line and will start cruising the Med from June to October. He was asked to produce a drawing showing just what cruise passengers would see from this lofty vantage point, and as our photo gallery shows he made a wonderful job of it.

If you've never heard of him, his story is an inspiration to anyone born with a 'disability.' Mute until he was nine and diagnosed as autistic when he was three, Stephen communicated with the world through his incredibly intricate drawings. In fact, he only learned to speak when he was deprived of his drawing materials and his first word was paper.

Encouraged by his art teachers, he soon turned his skills to cityscapes and architectural drawings and his career has blossomed; exhibitions all over the world, appearances in TV documentaries and an honour from the Queen, an MBE for services to art!

What an unbelievable story. If you'd like to see Stephen's original drawing, which quite clearly shows the Palma cityscape from the Cathedral to Bellver Castle, and compare it with the real thing, it will be on display aboard The Harmony of the Seas' 7 night cruises starting from £798 per person in June.

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