The city’s 2017 cruise season will see ten vessels berth on the Mersey in the first 11 days.
Almost 20,000 passengers and crew will be welcomed during the two week opening, generating a £1.5m boost to Liverpool’s tourism economy.
And to celebrate, the city will be staging two special quayside concerts/sail aways.
Liverpool will welcome another new addition to the city’s cruise calendar when Celebrity Eclipse makes an inaugural call on June 14.
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.’
Since Liverpool Cruise Terminal opened in 2007, it has welcomed 355 cruise ships carrying over 700,000 international passengers and crew, which have generated £50m to the local economy.
Liverpool City Council is now looking to expand the city’s cruise business and recently appointed a technical team to develop a new permanent cruise terminal on the River Mersey.
Global infrastructure services firm AECOM has been appointed to manage and supervise the site investigation works for a new cruise terminal including a preliminary desk study, overseeing and implementing a complex river and land based geotechnical and environmental site investigation and carrying out geophysical surveys followed by a jack-up drilling rig.
AECOM will work closely with the council, related technical teams and the various stakeholders involved, taking into consideration Liverpool’s busy cruise schedule.
The new cruise terminal will form part of a 60 hectare historic dockland site to create a world class mixed use waterfront quarter in central Liverpool.