Here are my top ten reasons to start your cruise from my local cruise port of Liverpool!
1. You don’t have to spend 5 hours+ on the train, or 7 hours+ on the coach down to Southampton. From anywhere in the North West you can leave home and be sunbathing by the pool (weather permitting of course!) and sipping on your first cocktail in under 2 hours.
2. If you don’t like flying or don’t want to put yourself through the airport hassle it is a stress-free alternative AND the best bit is that there’s no maximum luggage allowance.
3. The cruise ships berth right in the heart of the city, so you can spend the day before or after your cruise enjoying the sights of Liverpool. The city boasts more theatres, museums, galleries and listed buildings than any other UK city outside London - including The Beatles Story, Anglican & Catholic Cathedrals, Liverpool’s National Museums, The British Music Experience, St Georges Hall & Town Hall, the iconic Liver Buildings, and the waterfront dock area which is a UNESCO World Heritage site.
4. You can cruise from Liverpool to many varied destinations including Ireland, Scotland, the sunny Canary Islands, the dramatic Nordic Fjordlands, Iceland, and even cross the Atlantic to Canada.
5. You can cruise on Fred Olsen’s Black Watch from Liverpool – where you will enjoy a traditional cruise experience and experience Fred Olsen’s renowned customer service. It’s small size (800 passengers) means that she can sail where larger ships can’t and dock closer to the heart of destinations.
6. You can also sail on Cruise & Maritime’s Magellan from Liverpool – with its quintessentially British cruise experience and intimate and friendly on-board service
7. If you are new to cruise you can try a short mini-cruise from Liverpool (Fred Olsen do a 5-night round trip taster cruise to Scotland, visiting the Orkney Islands, the Isle of Mull, and Glasgow)
8. Families can cruise on the Magellan on a special multi-generational itinerary in the school summer holidays - visiting Ireland, France, Spain, Portugal and Gibraltar or the Canary Islands and Madeira – I’m doing one with my family this summer!
9. Liverpool is a busy cruise port and ideally placed for cruise ship spotting from a bench in the sunshine on the banks of the Mersey. There are 63 different ships being welcomed by the city this year, including Celebrity Eclipse, Disney Magic, and Cunard’s Queen Elizabeth.
10. The number of cruise ships visiting Liverpool is about to increase even further with the 50-million-pound development of Liverpool’s Cruise Liner Terminal. Work is expected to start in October 2018 and will see a new 2 storey terminal built on a new deck mounted on piles further out in to the River Mersey. This will mean that the port will be able to welcome larger cruise ships to Liverpool. The new terminal is hoped to be open for business in 2020!