The ship was expected to cruise to Ireland but had to ask permission to come to the port of Liverpool due to bad weather.
Cruise terminal manager, Angie Redhead, said:
“It was very busy on the quayside, we had the departure of the Portugeuse and Spanish war ships as well as the arrival of the Albatros.
“They all seemed to be enjoying their unexpected stop and took it in their stride that it wasn’t part of the planned schedule.
“We had good communications with the ship so our team were in place in preparation for its docking. Passengers were leaving the cruise liner as soon as the gangways opened, with many asking for maps and leaving for excursions. The Albert Docks and museums seem to be the most popular among the tourists today.”
MS Albatros was built in Finland in 1973 as Royal Viking Sea for Royal Viking Line, and has sailed under the names Norwegian Star, Crown and Royal Odyssey. This is the 2nd Albatros for Phoenix Reisen as the ship was replacement of original SS Albatros. With a capacity of 812 cruise passengers, the ship is 205 m long and weighs 28,518 GT.