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Weekly Edition - Published  30 May 2016


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Liverpool welcomes Prince and Princess and is due to deliver an even bigger 1 in June!

LIVERPOOL has given a welcome fit for a Prince and Princess, as 1 of the USA's most popular cruise lines visited the City on her 1st ever trip to the British Isles.  The Cruise Liner, Disney Magic, has made her 1st of  her 2 visits to Liverpool, on Friday, 27 May 2016.  This distinctive vessel sailed in to Mersey and docked the Liverpool Cruise Terminal, in the early hours of the morning then left at around 6.15pm, with the ship blowing her special whistle on departure.

The main celebrations will take place on her 2nd visit to Liverpool, that will happen, on Sunday, 12 June 2016, when the Pier Head will come alive with music and colour in a free event for all the family.

The ship is set to arrive at 8am, on 12 June 2016 and the event begins at midday and runs to 6pm. There will be an outdoor cinema which throughout the day will show Frozen (sing a long), Finding Nemo, Toy Story and Mary Poppins in full.  Plus a bandstand will be set up in front of the Cunard Building, that will play host to live music throughout the day.  This will include the Royal Marines Bands playing a Disney medley and there will be performances from opera singer Danielle Thomas and Liverpool's Ukulele Orchestra.  A group of young people will also be battling it out to be named Liverpool's Young Town Crier.

A Magic Garden will appear on the Pier Head, which will be the perfect space for budding explorers; young and old. Potting sheds, toadstools, giant flowers and fairy houses are just some of the things visitors can expect to discover.

Everyone who comes along to the event is encouraged to embrace fancy dress; age is no barrier. There will be prizes for the best dressed youngsters and families.  Following an afternoon of fun, a fireworks display at around 10.15pm, that will signal the departure of this famous vessel sails away, happily ever after, from the Mersey.  But we hope she will pop back again next year and for years to come...

Assistant Mayor and Cabinet Member for Culture, Tourism and Events, Councillor Wendy Simon, said:- "It's a massive coup to welcome this vessel to the City, particularly as it's her 1st trip to the British Isles and Liverpool is just one of two destinations in England she will sail in to. We couldn't let the opportunity pass to mark the occasion in some way, and to have a family friendly event on the Pier Head seems like the perfect thing to do. It also gives us the chance to show the 2,700 passengers just why Liverpool has the reputation for staging fantastic free, outdoor events. We look forward to welcoming her back again along with all her passengers and crew, for what is to be 1 of the highlights of the 2016 cruise season."

Facts about Disney Magic:-

The ship boasts 11 expansive decks.
She is 984 feet in length and 106 feet wide.
She weighs 84,000 gross tonnes.
She can comfortably hold 2,700 passengers and 950 crew members.
She has 8 different eating areas / restaurants.
There are four water areas, including the AquaDunk, the exciting drop out. waterslide, board and 2 nightclubs.

The liner will embark on a 12 night cruise from Dover and will sail to:- Newcastle, Invergordon, Kirkwall and Greenock (Scotland); Newcastle, Liverpool and Dublin. She will also call to Le Havre (France), as well as Guernsey in the Channel Islands.  All of these, except Kirkwall and Dublin, are 1st time ports of call for Disney Cruise Line.


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