Cruise Terminal's 10
Season off to a
record breaking start
LIVERPOOL'S Cruise Terminal will launch its 10th year in operation with a
record breaking start. The City's 2017 cruise season will see 10 vessels berth
on the Mersey in the 1st 11 days including the biggest turnaround ship to ever
visit Liverpool. Almost 20,000 passengers and crew will be welcomed at the
terminal in this unprecedented two week opening, generating a ₤1.5m boost to
Liverpool's tourism economy. To celebrate, the City will be staging 2 special
quayside concerts / sail away shows as part of the Cruise Terminal's 10th
Anniversary programme of events called:- 'A Decade Making Waves.'
The season will begin on Monday, 5 June 2017, with the Mersey debut of the
luxury liner Silversea, followed the next day, by the Magellan, operated by
Cruise and Maritime Voyages, who have also deployed its largest ever cruise
schedule out of Liverpool. With a capacity of 1,500 passengers Magellan is the
largest vessel to turnaround in the City and it will receive a celebratory
quayside concert, from 8.15pm to 9pm. The concert will feature a variety of
local artists and will honour the 50th Anniversary of:- 'The Beatles' Sgt
Pepper' album and 'The Summer of Love.'
A colourful confetti show will signal the ships departure at 9pm. Members of
public are invited to watch the concert from Princes Parade. Artists performing
include:- Liverpool Ukulele Orchestra, Sing Me Merseyside Choir (80+
performers), The Night and Days, a special proclamation from Liverpool's Town
Crier and Be Talls by VIP Puppets.
Liverpool will welcome another brand new addition to the City's cruise calendar
when the Celebrity Eclipse makes her inaugural call on:- Wednesday, 14 June
2017. A celebratory quayside concert will take place from:- 4:45pm to 5:15pm.
Liverpool is already set for a record breaking year in 2017 as 63 cruise ships
are scheduled to arrive, bringing with them over 111,000 international visitors
and crew to the City.
Peter Murney, Liverpool's Cruise and Operations Manager, said:- "What
better way to launch our 10th year than with a record breaking start to a record
breaking season. The near non stop schedule of arrivals will certainly invoke
memories of the Mersey's maritime hey day and with these special concerts we aim
to give everyone a reason to celebrate the arrivals of these very special
visitors to our river. We're delighted to be welcoming newcomers such as the
Silver Whisper and Celebrity Eclipse and the Magellan is a highly notable
landmark as it hints at the turnaround potential of the terminal over the coming
Since Liverpool Cruise Terminal opened in 2007, it has welcomed 355 cruise ships
carrying over 700,000 international passengers and crew, generated ₤50m to the
local economy with an additional 20m GT of shipping traffic to the River Mersey.
Liverpool City Council is now looking to expand the City's cruise sector and
recently appointed a technical team to develop a new permanent Cruise Passenger
Facility on the River Mersey. The team will initially work on developing a
detailed design on the proposed ₤50m facility before submitting a planning
application for the former Princes Jetty, off Princes Parade, later this year.
Further applications could potentially include supplemental projects with a new
200 room hotel and 1,100+ multi storey car park to enhance the City's
capabilities in handling the next generation of turnaround cruises.