Liverpool cruise port is located in northwest England and along the River Mersey Estuary's eastern side. Other major turnaround (cruise ship departure) ports in the UK are the England's Southampton, Bristol, Dover, Harwich, Hull, Tilbury (London), Newcastle and Portsmouth, and the Scotland's Leith (Edinburgh) and Greenock (Glasgow).
Liverpool is a convenient UK cruise departure port on the Irish Sea. The city itself has a rich maritime heritage, being also the birthplace of the UK's first passenger shipping line - Cunard. Since the Liverpool cruise terminal opened in 2007, it has renewed some of the world's most famous ocean liners. Liverpool is used mostly as turnaround port (offering regular round-trip departures) but also as transit port (of call) on itineraries with ports in the UK, Ireland and Baltic Sea countries (incl Norway, Sweden, Germany, Netherlands, Finland, Russia). The city itself is famous with a premier Football Club, the Beatles and many sport and cultural assets, among which galleries, museums, golf courses, racecourses.
Operated by Peel Ports, Liverpool offers planning and support by a team of highly qualified professionals. The port operator also provides services related to the industries of container shipping, cargo shipping (liquid and dry bulks, metals, forest and project cargo), Ro-Ro (auto carriers). The cruise port operator Peel Holdings provides expert pilots and linesmen to assist navigation, port workers (stevedoring, porters, passenger handling staff) and modern facilities.
Cruise itineraries to and from Liverpool England
Follows a list of destinations visited by cruise ships leaving out of Liverpool:
- Round-trip itineraries out of Liverpool visit Iceland and Greenland, often with Faroe Islands (Torshavn) and British Islands ports.
- North Sea itineraries (around the UK) visit ports in England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales.
- Baltic Sea - cruises to Norway (themed "Norwegian Fjords") and the Europe's Arctic (North Pole) visit the following ports in Norway. Among the destinations is the Svalbard Archipelago's Spitsbergen island.
- Baltic Sea - itineraries to Scandinavia and Russia include an overnight stay in St Petersburg.
- Mediterranean cruises leaving from Liverpool can be either round-trip or one-ways. They visit ports in Portugal, Spain, Italy, France, often Gibraltar and Malta, sometimes - Adriatic Sea ports. Up to a month long round-trips may include Black Sea ports in Bulgaria, Romania, Ukraine, Russia, and also in Greece and Turkey.
- Another popular destination are the Canaries (Canary Islands), often combined with Madeira Island.
- Transatlantic crossings - cruises from UK to Canada New England and USA can be round-trips from Liverpool or one-ways (ship repositioning routes).
- Short breaks (mini cruises) from Liverpool to Bristol (3-day / 2-night), Greenock-Glasgow (2-day / 1-night) or to Southampton (4-day / 3-night) are offered as one-way ship relocation deals. Short break round-trips to Ireland visit Dublin and Belfast.
- Itineraries on which Liverpool is included as port of call are often Transatlantic repositioning crossings, but also round-trips leaving from UK ports.
- For all current and future (scheduled) cruise itineraries, lines and ships to and from Liverpool, see at the port's "Schedule" section above (located to the right of the "Map" button).
Liverpool cruise port news
- (statistics) Liverpool cruise shipping industry brought in 2015 around GBP 7 million to the economy, with over 81000 passengers and 37000 crew. Each of the cruise passenger spent an estimated GBP 70 in the city, while crew members spent around GBP 30.
- (statistics) since the city became a turnaround cruise port in 2012, the number of visiting ships doubled - from 31 (2012) to 61 (2015). The number of cruise passenger also doubled - from 38656 (2012) to 86365 (2016).
- Liverpool port was named the UK’s best cruise ship port of call for 2013 and 2014.
- In 2014, the City Council announced that the Cunard's building would become a new cruise liner terminal. The building was bought for GBP 1,5 million, with the idea to become a ticketing hall for the new facility. Later was estimated that the conversion of the historic building would cost too much (anything between GBP 5 and 60 million) making it not suitable for the purpose.
- In 2015 here were held the 50th anniversary celebrations for Princess Cruises (Carnival Corp brand) and the 25th anniversary celebrations for Celebrity Cruises (Royal Caribbean brand). Also in 2015, the port was visited for the first time by the P&O UK's newest and largest ship - MV Britannia. Inaugural calls were made by the Oceania line's ships Nautica and Marina. Those events were marked with firework shows, shoreside concerts and special occasion cakes.
- In 2015, Liverpool's cruise port was visited by all three Cunard liners (RMS Queen Mary 2, Queen Elizabeth and Queen Victoria) for the "Queens Royal Rendezvous" spectacle on Mersey River (May 25th, 2015).
- On July 4th, 2015, QM2 sailed out of Liverpool on a 10-day cruise to Canada (Halifax) and USA (Boston and New York) commemorating the Cunard's first ever Transatlantic ship crossing. On July 4th, 1840, Cunard Steamship Company started its regular passenger shipping service with the RMS Britannia (paddle-wheel steamship) crossing the Atlantic Ocean from Liverpool to Halifax.
- In February 2016 the Liverpool city council announced the preferred site (Princes Jetty) for the construction of a new cruise ship terminal that could facilitate Transatlantic cruise shipping (eastbound ocean crossings to the UK). The new terminal building will have capacity of over 3600 passengers. The council's final decision is expected later in 2016. Previously suggested plans for the Cunard Building (used as terminal) were scrapped in 2014. For the last time, Liverpool port hosted regular Transatlantic ship crossings in the distant 1968.
- In the end of March 2016, the City Council commissioned an early design work and appointed a consultancy team (KKA Architects, Turner & Townsend, Royal Haskoning DHV Engineering) to develop a conceptual design for a new cruise ship terminal. The building has to be able to handle around 3600 passengers. This capacity is 3 times larger than that of the existing terminal. The new terminal complex must have waiting lounge, public restrooms, cafe restaurant, dedicated taxi rank, coach and vehicle pick-up areas, terminal car parking (for up to 300 cars).
- On May 5 officially started the Fred Olsen's Liverpool cruise season 2016 with the Boudicca's 9-night Norwegian Fjord round-trip itinerary. The ship has scheduled 16 sailings in 2016 out of Liverpool (Pier Head terminal), which is 15 more over 2015.Among the roun-trip operated destinations are Mediterranean (Adriatic), Canary Islands, UK/British Isles, Greenland, also round-trip Transatlantic crossings to Canada-New England. The port's 2016 season started on April 16 with the arrival of Boudicca during the ship's 10-night Around Britain roundtrip cruise from Falmouth England.
- June 2016, Liverpool port awarded a cruise ship terminal contract to the Southampton Cargo Handling company. The GBP 740,000 contract is for 3-year stevedore services. The SCH company handles all cruise ships visiting Liverpool and employs local people for stevedoring.
- For other Liverpool port related news see at the "News" section above (located to the right of the "Schedule" button).
Highlights: City, Cathedral, Beatles
Liverpool cruise terminal
Liverpool cruise port's season is from March to November. Until the middle of 2012, the embarkation and disembarkation was at Langton Dock.
Pier Head cruise terminal
- location - Princes Parade (at Pier Head, next to the Royal Liver Building). Royal Liver Building is one of the city's "Three Graces" on the waterfront - sided by "Cunard Building" and the "Port of Liverpool Building". Unlike many other terminals, the Liverpool's cruise ship terminal is located at only 20 min walking distance (approx 1 km / 0,6 ml) away from the city centre.
- The cruise terminal has a small building. Adjacent to its exit point are public phones and a taxi rank. In several outlets outside the terminal are available restaurants and cafes, also ATMs and currency exchange. The passenger terminal building has refreshment facilities, restrooms and welcome desk. The building is small-sized, so it is recommended to avoid early arriving.
- Berth's capacity is 2 ships (docking along the quay). The berth is capable accommodating ships with length up to 350 m (1148 ft) - no vessel width or draught restrictions.
- Port Liverpool is located some 15 km / 9 ml away from Liverpool John Lennon Airport and some 60 km / 40 ml away from Manchester International Airport. The nearest to the cruise port train station (Lime Station) is a few minutes drive from the city centre, or at around 20 min walking distance.
- Liverpool cruise ship industry is constantly growing. The port welcomed a record number of visiting ships during 2016 season - 64 vessels. This is 10 more vessels in comparison to 2015, bringing to the city more than 85000 passengers. On September 9, 2007, the very first cruise ship to berth at the newly constructed cruise port terminal was the Regent's Seven Seas Voyager.
New Liverpool cruise ship terminal
In December 2016, was launched an international search for a technical team to design a new cruise ship terminal in Liverpool. The new facility will be located on River Mersey (former Princes Jetty off Princes Parade), approx 1000 ft (305 m) downriver from the Pier Head terminal.
- The new terminal will be capable of handling turnaround cruise vessels (on round-trip UK itineraries) with max capacity of 3600 passengers.
- Terminal building is expected to be 2-storey. Development plans will be based on land reclaimed from River Mersey. The project will also include construction of a new quay wall, changes on Princess Parade (allowing tourist buses and shuttles), also a new passenger terminal, luggage storage facility, passport control, vehicle pick up area, car parking.
- After the plan's approval, the deadline for submissions is January 23, 2017.
Port Liverpool, along with its cruise ship terminal also has passenger ferry terminals, container terminal and dry dock facilities for marine vessel refurbishments and repairs.
- port address - "Liverpool Cruise Port Terminal, Princess Parade, Liverpool, L31DL"
- UN-LOCODE (United Nations location code) - GBLIV.
- one dedicated cruise terminal
- capability to accommodate 2 liners at a time
- supported by excellent road, rail and air infrastructure
- deep water berths (draft 12,6 m / 41 ft)
- large ships can berth alongside a quay (length 376 m / 1234 ft)
- Cruise ships usually arrive in Liverpool in early morning (6, 6:30, 7:30 or 8 am) and depart from Liverpool in late afternoon (5, 6 pm) or in the evening (9, 9:30 or 10 pm).
Liverpool tours, shore excursions, hotels
City Tours and Shore Excursions
- The Albert Dock: dates from 1846. Visit fine galleries, museum and many shops.
- Croxteth Hall & Croxteth Park: it is 5 miles away from the Liverpool’s center. It was Earls of Sefton ancestral home. Currently, Liverpool City Council manages it.
- Liverpool Cathedral: the largest British Anglican Cathedral
- Liverpool Museum: it is located on William Brown Street. Discover many collections and attractions it this fine museum. You can see the Planetarium and the Natural History Centre.
- The Mersey Ferries: famous from the ” Ferry Cross the Mersey” song by by Gerry and the Pacemakers.
- Merseyside Maritime Museum: located at Albert Dock. Discover the seafaring heritage of Liverpool.
- Museum of Liverpool Life: discover the story and the culture of the citizens of Liverpool.
- The Metropolitian Cathedral:”Paddy’s Wigwam” (Chris the King) cathedral.
- Sefton Parl Palm House: amazing botanical exhibition. The Victorian Glasshouse is listed as Grade II.
- The Walker art gallery: known as the “National Gallery of the North.” You can see of of the largest collections of art outside of London.
- The Cavern Club: the birthplace of Merseybeat
- Haydock Park Racecourse: 30 min away from the city by car. Haydock Park Racecourse is the most visited and popular racecourse in England.
- Liverpool Empire Theatre: the theater is two-tier, the largest in the UK.
The Liverpool cruise port map is interactive. It shows the port's exact location, along with the real-time cruise ship traffic (if any) in its vicinity - today, and right now. By zooming-out you can see other cruise ship ports located near Liverpool, England.
If you lose the Liverpool location on the map, simply reload the page (also with F5 button). This feature is integrated with the CruiseMapper's cruise ship tracker tracking the vessels' current positions at sea and in ports.
Port Liverpool cruise ship schedule shows timetable calendars of all arrival and departure dates by month. The port's schedule lists all ships (in links) with cruises going to or leaving from Liverpool, England. To see the full itineraries (ports of call dates and arrival / departure times) and their lowest rates – just follow the corresponding ship-link.
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5 January, 2017
Disney Magic is returning to Liverpool in 2017. The popular ship is one of over 25 cruise vessels due at Liverpool Cruise Liner Terminal...January 10, 2017
An international search was launched to find a technical team to help in designing a potential new cruise terminal on River Mersey. Liverpool...December 21, 2016
This Sunday, November 6, Princess Cruises will debut in BBC2 programme Coast featuring presenter Tessa Dunlop aboard Caribbean Princess...November 3, 2016
Authorities in Liverpool yesterday (August 19) approved a £950,000 ($1.2m) feasibility study into proposed new cruise terminal development. The...August 20, 2016
Council chiefs are expected to approve the next £1 million step in building the new permanent cruise liner terminal of Liverpool...August 15, 2016
This morning there was an unexpected arrival in Liverpool UK, as cruise liner MS Albatros (operated by German travel agency Phoenix Reisen), docked...August 8, 2016
Plans for new Liverpool cruise liner terminal could be submitted in the end of the year. Liverpool Mayor Joe Anderson described the terminal as key...July 22, 2016
Cunard flagship RMS Queen Mary 2 sailed into Southampton yesterday morning following a 25-day refurbishment that cost around £90 million. The...June 23, 2016
The fourth season of Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines from Liverpool Cruise Terminal started yesterday (May 05, Thursday) with a 9-night cruise to the...May 6, 2016
The introduction of mv Columbus (currently sailing as Pacific Pearl) to Cruise & Maritime Voyages (CMV) in 2017, boosts the fleet of the line to...April 11, 2016