Southport Reporter (R) Online Nespaper for Merseyside

Read our Tracking & Cookie Usage Policy


Terms and Conditions

Southport and  Mersey Reporter -  Your free online newspaper service covering the Merseyside region - (Greater Liverpool).
Covering the news in and around Merseyside


Click on here to email our news room today!



Your free online newspaper for Merseyside
This website is licence to carry news from and UK Press Photography.



Latest Edition



Order Photos  Help Client Admin Advert Options

Updated news stories weekly.  Published online only late every Friday.

Your online newspaper.   Your words.

Issue:- 12 December 2014

Record number of cruise ships set to sail along the Mersey
Photographs by Patrick Trollope

LIVERPOOL Cruise Terminal looks set for a record breaking year in 2015 as 54 cruise ships are scheduled to berth there, bringing with them more than 80,000 international visitors to the City. Many of these, ranging from new vessels and cruise lines, will be making their inaugural calls along the Mersey to the historic port.

The undoubted highlight of the season will be 2 very special events to celebrate Cunard Cruise Line's 175th Anniversary. On 25 May 2015, the Cunard fleet will arrive on the Mersey, creating an unprecedented 3 Queens spectacle in Liverpool and a once in a lifetime event, that will make maritime history.

On 4 July 2015, the Cunard flagship Queen Mary 2 will return to Liverpool to celebrate Britannia's transatlantic departure exactly 175 years earlier. There will be a series of events across the City celebrating the glamour and excitement of cruise travel and how an industry that was born in Liverpool changed the world culturally.

The Mayor of Liverpool, Joe Anderson, said:- "To have the three Cunard Queens back in their spiritual home on our beautiful waterfront will be nothing short of majestic. The growth of cruise calls is driven by a combination of factors, predominantly our City Center location and the sheer choice of quality experiences on the doorstep and in the surrounding region. This has again been underlined with Liverpool being named by the industry as the UK Port of Call for the second year in succession. I am absolutely delighted that Liverpool is once again making its mark as a great maritime destination."

Angie Redhead, Liverpool Cruise and Operations Manager, said:- "Our World class hospitality has ensured Liverpool is a firm favourite with international passenger along with the fantastic City wide support network behind our cruise operation. This is very important in a competitive industry where there are no 2nd chances and a lot of destinations are vying for cruise business."

Among the large cruise liners making their Mersey debut in 2015 will be the new P&O Britannia, Royal Princess, Mein Schiff 4, Celebrity Silhouette and the Spanish Pullmantur Horizon.

In the smaller ship category there are some exclusive lines calling for the 1st time such as the Le Boreal and le Soleal from Ponant, a French group and Marina and Nautica from the Oceania Cruise Line.

2015 will also see a more diverse group of different nationalities than ever before.

The 2014 season saw visits from 50 vessels, bringing in 57,844 passengers with a boost in to the local economy of around £4.49m.

To celebrate the success of 2014, a special showreel has been made giving an insight into life at the Cruise Liner Terminal and the experience of passengers travelling to the City. This can be viewed online.

To top off a fantastic and successful year, the cruise arm Trip Advisor and the most influential consumer review website in the cruise industry worldwide, awarded Liverpool:- 'UK Port of Call 2014'. This is the 2nd year running Liverpool has scooped the title.

Next year will also see the return of Regent's Seven Seas Voyager; She was in fact the very first ship to call to the newly constructed cruise terminal on 9 September 2007.

For more information on which ships are calling and when, please go to:-

News Report Page Quick Flick.

Click on here to go back to this week's home page! News Report Page Quick Flick
Click on this section to see last weeks edition of Southport and Mersey Reporter!

Our radio station phone in message line...   Call us now!

Sign up today for our daily email news service!

Sign up to our Daily Email News Service by clicking here now...

QLocal a for you. Did you know we where the UK's first online only newspaper and we still are?  Here at Southport and Mersey Reporter  we are still at  leading the way for local news.

All email addresses and information is held under the UK's Data Protection Act.

Highlighted events that are taking place this month:-

If you have an event and want to get it noticed, let us know by emailing us to:-

Click on the event title displayed above to find out about lots more events, as well as dates & times!

Our websites in our online series.   Group navigation, information and useful none group links...
Southport TV - Our online video archive. Liverpool Reporter - Our online music station. Mersey Reporter - OUR HUB WEBSITE.
Southport TV Liverpool Reporter Mersey Reporter Formby Reporter

Add to Google

This is what the moon is doing tonight.  Click on to find out why.

See the view live webcamera images of the road outside our studio/newsroom in the hart of Southport.

Our live Southport Webcam.  To see click live, click on image.


Show us your location
Please sign our map and let us know where you are  from....


News Room Phone Number

(+44)  08443 244 195
Calls will cost 7p per minute, plus your telephone company's access charge. 

Calls to this number may be recorded for security, broadcast, training and record keeping.

This online newspaper and information service is regulated by IMPRESS, the independent monitor for the UK's press.

How to make a complaint

Complaints Policy  -  Complaints Procedure  -  Whistle Blowing Policy

© PCBT Photography & PBT Media Relations Ltd. - Southport Reporter® is the Registered Trade Mark of Patrick Trollope