Liverpool at the helm as cruises return

Liverpool is set to make waves this summer, as cruise ships return to the city for the first time in 14 months.

Cruise ships will once again be preparing to raise their anchors and welcome back UK passengers for short trips to Liverpool.

On Monday 24 May, the Viking Venus – a brand new ship – will make her maiden voyage to the city and will launch the season. Liverpool Cruise Terminal is expecting around 80 cruise ships.

Inaugural visits are expected from MSC Virtuosa, Marella Explorer and the much-acclaimed Anthem of the Seas, boasting the world’s tallest viewing deck – a staggering 300ft above the waves.

The team at Cruise Liverpool is also excited to welcome back old friends, including Fred Olsen, whose brand-new ship – the Borealis – is scheduled to make 20 visits to the city between July and December and, for the first time, Disney Magic will not only be calling at Liverpool, but passengers will be able to embark on their trip from the city.

The summer season wouldn’t feel complete without a visit from a Cunard, with the Queen Elizabeth expected during the late-summer.

Passengers on day-visits will be allowed to disembark and visit Liverpool as part of organised ‘bubble’ excursions only. All passengers will take Covid tests before and during trips.

Cruise operators have worked tirelessly to ensure all ships are Covid-safe. All will be carrying fewer people and have extra measures in place to protect passengers and crew, whilst allowing everyone on board to make the most of their cruising experience.

For full details of Liverpool’s 2021 cruise season schedule* visit our Cruise Call Schedule page

*Please note that the schedule is subject to change and will follow government guidelines on travel restrictions.

Angie Redhead, Head of Cruise Liverpool, said:

“I am absolutely buzzing with anticipation at getting cruise ships back on our shores. We’ve missed them as much as they’ve missed us.

“Cruise Liverpool has worked collaboratively with Cruise Britain since the start of the pandemic to plan for this moment, alongside other UK ports and providers. No stone has been left unturned when it comes to ensuring the safety of passengers, crew and staff on the ground at the UK’s terminals.

“This announcement feels like the start of some normality returning and will be a real boost for cruise fans who are desperate to find their sea-legs again.”

Peter Deer, Managing Director at Fred Olsen Cruise Lines, said:

“We love sailing from Liverpool and have offered departures from the city since we had our first ship, Black Prince, many years ago.

“Our ships and our crew always get such a wonderful welcome. In fact, Liverpool will be the first port that we resume sailing from on 5 July, and our new ship Borealis will offer 20 cruises from the city this year.

“We can’t wait to welcome our guests back on board in Liverpool this summer.”

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