Cruise ships will be carrying 37,317 passengers and 17,348 crew which means more than 50,000 people could be coming ashore – generating an estimated £2.6m for the city economy. Tony McDonough reports
Liverpool Cruise Terminal will welcome 25 different vessels in June and July generating an estimated £2.6m for the city centre economy.
The cruise ships will be carrying 37,317 passengers and 17,348 crew which means more than 50,000 people could be coming ashore over the two-month period.
Highlights include Celebrity Eclipse, which returns for an overnight call on June 12/13 and the return of Royal Princess – Princess Cruises’ flagship vessel – on Monday, June 10.
The jewel in the crown of the cruise call schedule this summer is the return of Cunard’s Queen Elizabeth on July 23, which also coincides with the 80th anniversary of the launch Cunard’s RMS Mauretania II from Cammell Laird in Birkenhead.
Visitors to the Cruise Terminal this summer are in expert hands as the team at Cruise Liverpool, who won Tourism Event of the Year at the recent Liverpool City Region Tourism Awards for Disney Magic on the Mersey which was organised in partnership with the team at Liverpool Waters.
Close to the current facility work is already under way on the new permanent £50m cruise terminal which will mean even more vessels visiting the city.
Councillor Wendy Simon, Deputy Mayor and cabinet member for culture, tourism and events, said: “A total of 25 ships in two months is incredible, as a city we are very proud to be the home of passenger shipping and are exceptionally excited to welcome so many visitors to the city.
“It forms a solid basis for our exciting plans for the new cruise liner terminal which are rapidly taking shape.”
Pete Murney, Liverpool’s cruise and operations Manager, said: “The next two months will be our busiest ever at Cruise Liverpool, and we can’t wait of visitors and crew to experience our amazing city and everything that it has to offer.”
For more information about the 2018 cruise schedule and to download a copy, visit www.cruise-liverpool.com. Arrival and departure times are published on the Cruise Liverpool Facebook page a few days prior to the cruise ship calling.