The city of Liverpool is celebrating a record-breaking year in 2016, welcoming more cruise ships to the city than ever before, and bringing in over £7 million.
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In 2016, 114,676 cruise passengers and crew came to Liverpool – that’s enough to fill the Anglican Cathedral over 37 times. 63 different cruise ships arrived at the city, nine more than in 2015, including four ships who made their very first trip to Liverpool.
2016 also saw Liverpool Cruise Terminal celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Cunard Building, with Queen Elizabeth sailing into the city. The cruise terminal also played host to a Royal christening in October, when Princess Anne smashed a bottle of champagne on the hull of a giant container ship. In 2017, Liverpool Cruise Terminal will celebrate its 10th birthday with a special visit from Cunard’s Queen Elizabeth on 11th July.
Deputy Mayor and Cabinet Member for culture, tourism and events, Councillor Wendy Simon, said: “Liverpool’s reputation and popularity as a cruise destination continues to grow and we’re delighted with the success of our 2016 season and the £7m boost to the local economy. This has been a great year for our cruise industry – as well as returning vessels, we welcomed four new liners to the Mersey which is huge coup – it’s a fiercely competitive industry and to know that cruise companies want to add Liverpool as a port of call is amazing news.”
Angie Redhead, Liverpool Cruise and Operations Manager, said: “It’s great to reflect on the success of 2016, but we are already looking ahead to 2017 which is shaping up to be a busy year for us. We have the return of Disney Magic which I’m sure will draw in huge crowds once again, whilst the British Open Golf Championship brings both Celebrity Silhouette and Azamara Journey to the Mersey on the same day which will look stunning whilst we have seven more inaugural calls on top of our usual returning liners.”
Liverpool is a port of call on many cruises around the UK, as well as some cruises to Northern Europe. You can also start your cruise from Liverpool when sailing with cruise lines such as Fred.Olsen Cruises and Cruise & Maritime Voyages.
If you’d like any more information about visiting Liverpool during your cruise, our cruise concierge team will be happy to help. Just give us a call on 0207 526 3035.