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Issue:- 24 October 2013

Liverpool scoops top cruise accolade

LIVERPOOL has been named the UK's best port of call by the world's largest travel review website.  'Cruise Critic' – sister site of 'Trip Advisor' - named the City as their top pick based on the warm welcome visitors receive when they arrive in Liverpool, the historic architecture and the fact that so many attractions are within a half hour walk of the terminal.  They also highlighted the benefits of the city's recently constructed turnaround terminal.

The awards celebrate excellence in cruise travel, and are selected by an international panel of cruise journalists in 18 different categories, recognising the very best cruise lines, ships and ports.

Adam Coulter, UK Editor of Cruise Critic, said:- "For Beatles fans and football fans alike, Liverpool is a place of pilgrimage, and the centrally located, historic port is convenient for cruise visitors, offering plenty to see and do without going far from the ship. Highlights of the city's maritime history include the Albert Dock and Pier Head, which features the Liver building, the Port of Liverpool building and the soon-to-be- refurbished Cunard Building."

Liverpool City Council's cabinet member for culture and tourism, Councillor Wendy Simon, said:- "We are delighted with this accolade! Cruise critic is a hugely respected website and a must-visit for anyone taking a cruise.  Liverpool's win is thoroughly deserved; the team at the terminal, along with representatives from our tourist industry go above and beyond to welcome people to the City and make it a memorable trip for them.  I'm sure this recognition will encourage even more people to choose Liverpool as a destination to travel to and from which will be a great boost for the city."

Angie Redhead, Cruise and Operations Manager at Liverpool Cruise Terminal, said:- "This is a fantastic way to top off the strongest year the cruise terminal has had since it opened in 2007. Liverpool has so much to offer visitors, from culture and history to shopping and sightseeing and it is pleasing to be acknowledged in this way. Almost all of the passengers coming through the terminal have said they would recommend the City as a destination not to be missed and have cited the beauty of the City and the friendliness of the people. We have a busy schedule of cruise liners confirmed for next year so it is full steam ahead including overnight stays from the Queen Victoria and Celebrity Infinity."

In addition to the award for Best UK Port of Call, the Editors' Picks Awards also name the best cruise lines and ships in 17 other categories. Of those categories, several awards went to cruise lines that call at Liverpool including:-

 Celebrity Cruises:- Best Suites; Best Cruise Ship Bar (SKY Bar)

 Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines:- Best Value for Money

 Thomson Cruises:- Best for Cruising with Kids

 Princess Cruises:- Best for Romance

The full list of Cruise Critic Editor Picks Awards for 2013 and information regarding each award is available online.

Liverpool cruise terminal welcomed 35 ships in 2013 and 45,000 passengers. The 2014 cruise season will see 49 ships come to Liverpool, bringing with them more than 61,000 passengers.

Hillsborough Cup to remember 96

A FOOTBALL competition for Liverpool schools to mark the 25th Anniversary of Hillsborough, is being launched.

The Hillsborough Cup and Hillsborough Plate; the brainchild of Mayor Joe Anderson; is an under 13s competition involving 19 secondary schools in the City.

The 1st matches in the knock out competitions will be played later this month, with the finals being held in Spring 2014 at Liverpool Soccer Centre in Walton, a few weeks prior to the 25th Anniversary service to be held at Anfield.

Mayor Anderson said:- "Every person who died at Hillsborough in 1989 was a football fan and the Hillsborough Cup and Plate is a fitting and appropriate way to remember them as we approach the 25th anniversary of the tragedy.  It is really important that we do all we can to educate current and future generations about the tragedy so that we never, ever forget it."

The initiative is also being backed by the Hillsborough families and Liverpool and Everton Football Clubs.

The following schools are involved:-  

St Francis Xavier's (SFX), University Academy Liverpool (UAL), Alsop, Archbishop Beck, Childwall, De La Salle, West Derby, Gateacre, Calderstones, North Liverpool Academy, St Margaret's, Fazakerley, Bluecoat, Cardinal Heenan, King David, Broadgreen, Parklands, St Francis Assisi and Enterprise South Liverpool Academy (ESLA).

Prime Minister is irresponsible to blame higher bills on green investment

COMMENTING the Prime Minister's announcement of a review of "green levies", Caroline Lucas, MP for Brighton Pavilion, said:- "It's irresponsible of the Prime Minister to blame higher bills on measures to invest in green energy and energy efficency. The main reason reason families are paying more is the increasing wholesale price of gas, which is expected to rise by 40% over the next few decades. The Government's own Committee on Climate Change has said that the costs of low-carbon measures have been small by comparison. Both Labour and the Coalition are missing the point that the best thing we could do to cut bills in the long term would be to end our dependence on gas and invest seriously in renewables. Nuclear power is also increasingly expensive yet the Government is happy for billpayers to fund a lavish subsidy for EDF. By contrast, renewable technologies have seen dramatic price falls over the past few years. If the Prime Minister really wants to help families struggling with bills he should put in place measures to insulate homes up and down the country. This could be funded by a windfall tax, and would create hundreds of thousands of jobs."

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