Liverpool City Council’s Cruise Terminal is on course for another fantastic record breaking year.
It’s exactly one month until Liverpool’s Cruise Season begins, when the Costa Mediterranea makes its maiden voyage down the Mersey.
It is predicted the 2019 season will bring in more in nearly £12m to the city’s local economy – with 86 ships carrying a whopping 165,000 passengers and crew members.
Last year, more than 100,000 international passengers and crew members visited Liverpool with the cruise terminal welcoming 57 cruise vessels, generating more than £7m for the city’s economy.
There will be 11 newcomers making their maiden voyage along the Mersey this year including the Celebrity Reflection, Costa Mediterranea and the Viking Jupiter.
Joining the Liverpool debutants will be the innovator in cruising, Norwegian Cruise Line (NCL), voted ‘Europe’s Leading Cruise Line’ 11 years in a row. Its 268-meter vessel, Norwegian Spirit, will be visiting three times throughout the year.
Other highlights will include the arrival of two Cunard ships throughout the season – the Queen Victoria on 12 June and August 19 and the Queen Mary 2 on 16 July.
Whilst on 13 September it will be time to wish upon a star as the ever-popular Disney Magic cruise ship makes its fifth return journey to the city.
Liverpool City Council’s Deputy Mayor and Cabinet Member for Culture, Tourism and Events, Cllr Wendy Simon, said: “Last year was a record-breaker for the Liverpool Cruise Terminal and this year promises to be even bigger and better. Liverpool is a truly unique destination, with a breathtakingly beautiful waterfront, a city centre steeped in heritage, a history of sporting excellence and a year-long cultural programme that is second-to-none.
“It is the expertise and professionalism of our cruise terminal team that keeps the ships coming back and I am sure many of us will be at the waterfront to marvel these majestic vessels as they sail into Liverpool.”
Head of Cruise & Marine Operations Peter Murney said: “Last year was an amazing one for us where we really secured Liverpool’s place as a major player and one of the best cruise ship destinations in Europe. It is a testament to the hard work and dedication of our team that even more fantastic vessels will be heading our way in 2019 and we’re looking forward to giving them all a great Liverpool welcome.”