Liverpool cruise port schedule 2023 includes record number of roundtrips

   February 7, 2023 ,   Cruise Industry

2 cruise ships on the berth at once, a record number of turnaround calls, and a 20th-anniversary celebration are some of the highlights of the 2023 Cruise Liverpool schedule.

Queen Victoria is set to return to the port, the first time a Cunard liner has been back in Liverpool UK since before the COVID crisis.

Last year's cruise season has been heralded as a huge success, generating a GBP 14 million economic boost to the city courtesy of the 107 cruise ship calls and ~200,000 passengers and crew who traveled through the port in 2022.

Highlights of the 2023 Cruise Liverpool schedule feature:

  • 15 cruise calls from Viking’s luxury lines including the latest addition, Viking Saturn, complete with an infinity pool/Nordic thermal spa
  • 8 overnight calls, allowing ~25,000 visitors to explore the port city and beyond during the extended stay
  • The return of Amara Journey for an overnight during the Open Golf at Royal Liverpool
  • 2 calls from Cunard Line’s Queen Victoria in June & August.
  • A new turnaround cruise operator, Ambassador Cruise Line, will commence regional departures from Liverpool in June
  • Celebrating Fred Olsen’s 20th-anniversary sailing from Liverpool in August.
  • Liverpool’s cruise ship terminal is set to welcome 2 ships at once, as Island Sky and Silver Moon will be berthed at the same time in September - a first for the team of Cruise Liverpool.

Port of Liverpool (England)

John Mawer, Head of Cruise Operations for Cruise Liverpool, said they were "constantly working to make Liverpool’s cruise offering bigger and better than ever."

"We put operators and passengers at the heart of our planning, to maximise their experience when they come to Liverpool, whilst ensuring their visits reap dividends for the city’s restaurants, hotels and tourism sector.

“And while we continue to look to the future, I am absolutely delighted to be welcoming back a piece of our past in the shape of the Cunard Line’s Queen Victoria, and I know this will be a show-stopper for many a cruise-fan, not to mention our residents who will no doubt want to catch a glimpse. It’s shaping up to be our best season on record.”