starts with MV Discovery
THE story of Liverpool
Cruise Terminal's efforts to gain turnaround status restarted back
in 2010 when the, then newly elected, Prime Minister, David Cameron,
hailed Liverpool as a 'role model' to
the rest of the country, for its rebirth as a major tourism
destination. He also said that he was a supporter of
bid. But it
was Merseyside's rich history, our world class hospitality would
help the most to make this a reality... The redevelopment began to
take place, then, in 2012, the City had to repay £9.2 million of a
Government grant, because of an argument that the facility was
intended for 'day call' rather than
allowed nothing to halt its transformation and the port is returning
to what it was in its hey-day, a firm favourite with international
passengers and firms.
Interestingly, back in 2012, as
the new chapter the City's maritime history was made as Liverpool
as a Turnaround destination a very accurate prediction was made by
Cruise and Maritime's (CMV). The first turnaround that
year was in fact, the Cruise and Maritime's (CMV) Voyages' Ocean
Countess and on that day, the firm proclaimed to the national and
international press that many of the major cruise liners would
follow them, in making this destination one of their most important
stops; it has now happened! In fact, the Cruise Terminal has even
been awarded by the Cruise Critic, 'Best UK Port of Call'
for the 2013 season! On 11 March 2014, when MV Discovery
returned as first turnaround vessel of the year, Mike Hall, Head of
Marketing, at CMV jokingly reminded the press onboard her, that he
and his team had predicted that it would happen. He also confirmed
that Cruise and Maritime Voyages are looking forward to a long
future with Liverpool Cruise Terminal. You can see part
of his Media presentation onboard the ship by using the Flash or
Silverlight media player options below. Mike Hall also said in a
printed press release that:- "As the first cruise line to use
the new terminal in 2012, we are again delighted to be back in
Liverpool in 2014, with a choice of 7 separate departures. Our
guests from Liverpool and the North West, in answering our on board
questionnaires, say they prefer the simplicity of sailing from their
local port rather than trekking across Britain to join a ship."
On our visit to Cruise and Maritime Voyages' MV Discovery, we were
able to see some of the rooms and facilities that passengers will be
using on this the first of the cruises, a 14 night 'Land of
the Northern Lights' visit, which was starting that day.
These facilities will also be enjoyed throughout the year's
programme, by many other passengers, including those going on 7
night D-Day 70th Anniversary cruise, that departs from Liverpool on
1 June 2014, and which will feature visits for its passengers to
many places of wartime interest, including cruising off the Normandy
Beaches on 4 June 2014.
Interestingly for the romantics,
MV Discovery was one of the boats used for the TV Show called:- "The
Boat" so it
should not come as a surprise that the crew pride themselves on the
fact they strive to keep the romance of the sea alive. Part of that
effort is not only providing well maintained facilities, but in
delivering high quality entertainment and food. On the visit we all
learned that the line and the ship's crew prefer to use live music,
performed by onboard bands, as well as using live performance acts
to entertain their guests, when at sea. You can see some of our
video footage of the facilities on the MV
Discovery, as well as
photographs within this report. When not enjoying the music, guests
will be enticed by lots of lovely food. We also had the honour of
sampling some of that food, and we can all confirm that passengers
will be in for a wide range of gastronomic treats, night and day!
That is not forgetting the bars and internet cafe, along with
excursions from the ports it visits, and much more. "It might
not have all the facilities some mega liners offer, but what she
offers is more personal services and access to destinations many of
the massive vessels, some lines now have, cannot visit due to their
size." One of the crew told our Editor, Patrick Trollope.
As MV Discovery sailed out of the river Mersey, into the Irish Sea,
Liverpool City Council's Cabinet Member for Culture and Tourism,
Councillor Wendy Simon, told the press that:- "The cruise
liner industry is growing year on year and the cruise liner terminal
continues to attract new ships. This is fantastic for Liverpool's
growth and economy and simply highlights the success of the City as
a popular tourist destination. It is always great to see these big
ships on the Mersey and I hope we can encourage lots of families and
young and old to go along to the waterfront and take a look at one
of the many ships we will be seeing in 2014."
Cruise Terminal manager, Angie Redhead, added that:- "I am
delighted to be welcoming so many cruise ships to the City this
year. Liverpool is going from strength to strength as a passenger
destination and I hope we continue to see new visitors to our shores
in the future."
With Liverpool's rich history as the birthplace of the first
passenger cruise line and its new reputation as one of the most
desirable cruise destinations in Europe, we just hope that it all
helps us to keep Liverpool's Liverpool Cruise Terminal afloat. All
of us at Southport and Mersey Reporter also hope that both the
Cruise Terminal and Cruise and Maritime continue to develop their
close bond well into the future.
If you want to find out more about Cruise and Maritime Voyages'
holidays, go to:-
cuiseandmaritime.com and for
information about the Cruise Terminal go to:-
you are new to cruising or want to try it, contact Cruise and
Maritime Voyages' about some introduction to cruise offers...
The 2014 Cruise Season Arrivals please click on
here for the timetable.
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