Liverpool is one of my personal favourite cities in the whole UK. It’s also proving popular with cruise lines, as the next couple of years will see a number of cruise lines either return to the city or include it as a destination for the first time.
Fred. Olsen hasn’t sent a ship to Liverpool for three years but the Boudicca is travelling to the city for the first time this year. The Celebrity Infinity has nine itineraries planned for 2013-14 including an overnight stay in July 2014 to give guests a chance to enjoy the Open Championship at the Royal Liverpool Golf Club. Cunard has the Queen Mary 2 in the city this year while next year will see debuts from MSC and Thomson Cruises.
So what is it about the city that’s attracting these cruise lines again? Why is it growing at such a rate? Well it’s a city that is absolutely steeped in culture and history, with a fantastic range of museums to explore. It’s also a city full of beautiful buildings and attractive architecture which makes it simply an enjoyable place to walk around.
However it’s the wonderful range of cultural attractions that are more likely to pique your interest so it’s worth making the most of your time by picking the ones that are likely to interest you most and make sure you get to them first so you don’t miss out.
If history is to your liking then the World Museum Liverpool is a great place to start, with the biggest Egyptology collection outside the capital. There’s also the International Slavery Museum and the Merseyside Maritime Museum for a more focussed experience, depending on which one is more aligned with your curiosity.
In terms of the city’s own heritage there’s the Albert Dock, a collection of Grade I listed buildings that have been converted into various businesses including accommodation, shops, restaurants and more. The Liverpool Town Hall has two attractive fronts, while the famous Royal Liver Building is the home of the renowned Liver Birds.
Liverpool is probably most known for being the home of The Beatles, and there’s numerous attractions for fans who want to follow in the footsteps of the group including The Beatles Story, a museum that includes instruments and other exhibits related to their entire career. There’s also the Fab4D Cinema, part of the museum with an interactive experience, and The Cavern Club.
However say Liverpool in the UK and you’re now more probably likely to think about the sport of the city, whether that’s Liverpool FC or Everton FC. Both clubs are hugely historic and have an influence on all parts of the city, and visitors can visit the iconic stadia of Anfield and Goodison Park for a closer view.
I’ve not even touched on the art galleries, the Cathedrals and churches, the parks or the modern attractions like Liverpool ONE shopping centre and the cinemas. It’s a thriving city with a really friendly atmosphere and a wonderful mix of modern and historic sights to enjoy, so there’s no wonder it’s becoming more and more popular with cruise lines and guests.
By Ian Lewis