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Liverpool to see a 25 per cent rise in cruise ship business

3:50pm Monday 4th February 2013

Liverpool to see a 25 per cent rise in cruise ship business

Southampton's cruise rival Liverpool is set to see business soar by 25 per cent over the next 12 months compared with last year.

Thomson Cruises will also start operating turnaround – starting and ending – journeys from Liverpool cruise terminal this year.

It will be the third cruise line to do so, joining Fred Olsen Cruise Lines, which returns to Liverpool after a two-year gap with 11 turnaround trips, and Cruise & Maritime Voyages, which restarted turnaround sailings from the Pier Head last year.

Experts say that, with cruise programmes planned years in advance, other lines will be considering Liverpool. Chris Brown, Liverpool’s new head of marketing, said: “The news that Thomson Cruises will be running turnaround cruises next year is absolutely brilliant.

“Some 46,000 cruise passengers in total passed through Liverpool cruise terminal on liners last year.

“That means, within about ten years, the figure has risen from about 1,200 passengers travelling from the old Langton Dock terminal, in Bootle.”

The highlight of the new season for Liverpool cruise terminal will be the return of Southampton-based Cunard flagship Queen Mary 2 which will berth on May 17 as part of a round-UK Britain cruise.

Celebrity Cruises’ Celebrity Infinity will be a first time visitor to the Merseyside port.

Comments(22)

Comments(22)

allsaintsnocurves says...
5:29pm Mon 4 Feb 13

Not a bad thing for Southampton really...in the end reason will prevail from the EU claiming back the money from Liverpool and both will be on an even footing. There's plenty of business around. If you live up North and want a cheap cruise and don't mind spending an extra day on the water then Liverpool would be a good option to travel to.

J.P.M says...
7:13pm Mon 4 Feb 13

This is disgusting - particularly when you consider all the hard work Chris Huhne has done to represent the values of the south.

georgetheseventh says...
7:19pm Mon 4 Feb 13

Why dont you saddoe's stick to your own news and leave Liverpool out of it.
Remember, what comes around goes around....the world moves on..even in your little bubble.

ronn12 says...
7:36pm Mon 4 Feb 13

Cunard quash rumours of ever using Liverpool this paper printed few months ago ?
It makes business sense that cunard use liverpool again and why not too.
Liverpool has worked hard to get this far and truly deserve the liners back where they belong

ronn12 says...
7:41pm Mon 4 Feb 13

Liverpool is a holiday destination .....why not they all wanna come here and the Americans love us

J.P.M says...
7:50pm Mon 4 Feb 13

Liverpool have got Tarbie - all we got is grannylaroo.

Sort of stands to reason...dunt it?

Bingo from Sholing says...
8:09pm Mon 4 Feb 13

Revenue per passenger will be lower , and the brand strength will be lowered. Desperate measures for a weakening business

ronn12 says...
8:35pm Mon 4 Feb 13

Liverpool is doing just fine considering...going from strength to strength

G0Rf says...
10:02pm Mon 4 Feb 13

I hope the bosses in Southampton are watching....what has Southampton got to compete with Liverpool? NOTHING

look at this:
http://www.liverpool
pictorial.co.uk/wfro
ntshipping/images/DS
C_0061.jpg

and

http://www.les-stcla
ir.co.uk/tallship/me
rsey2.jpg

what has Southampton got? a load of metal boxes and no access to the water!

loonaloop says...
10:23pm Mon 4 Feb 13

G0Rf wrote:
I hope the bosses in Southampton are watching....what has Southampton got to compete with Liverpool? NOTHING

look at this:
http://www.liverpool

pictorial.co.uk/wfro

ntshipping/images/DS

C_0061.jpg

and

http://www.les-stcla

ir.co.uk/tallship/me

rsey2.jpg

what has Southampton got? a load of metal boxes and no access to the water!
Deep water berths, twin tides, history and just a few hours sailing to the Atlantic ocean.

Proud from LIVERPOOL says...
10:52pm Mon 4 Feb 13

loonaloop wrote:
G0Rf wrote:
I hope the bosses in Southampton are watching....what has Southampton got to compete with Liverpool? NOTHING

look at this:
http://www.liverpool


pictorial.co.uk/wfro


ntshipping/images/DS


C_0061.jpg

and

http://www.les-stcla


ir.co.uk/tallship/me


rsey2.jpg

what has Southampton got? a load of metal boxes and no access to the water!
Deep water berths, twin tides, history and just a few hours sailing to the Atlantic ocean.
http://www.liverpool
dailypost.co.uk/mult
imedia/news/latest-n
ews/2013/01/30/new-c
ruise-terminal-bring
s-back-the-liners-to
-the-river-mersey-pi
cs-trinity-mirror-ar
chive

Lionel P says...
6:08am Tue 5 Feb 13

And will Southampton's cruise business be going down as a result of Liverpool's increase? I doubt it, so why not wish good luck to Liverpool?

Tenderhearts wife says...
9:34am Tue 5 Feb 13

As a born and bred Sotonian whose Father worked in the docks and my working life now revolves entirely around the container terminal both imports and exports, I dont really understand the need to keep slating either the port of Liverpool or the Port of Southampton. the people of Liverpool are just trying to make a living to pay the bills just as we are here.What one may 'gain on the roundabout they may lose on the swings' as Lionel p says good luck to both Ports.

cliffwalker says...
10:07am Tue 5 Feb 13

J.P.M wrote:
This is disgusting - particularly when you consider all the hard work Chris Huhne has done to represent the values of the south.
I hope the south does not share the values of Mr Huhne.

cliffwalker says...
10:10am Tue 5 Feb 13

georgetheseventh wrote:
Why dont you saddoe's stick to your own news and leave Liverpool out of it.
Remember, what comes around goes around....the world moves on..even in your little bubble.
Why don't you saddo stick to your own views. The world moves on even in your little bubble.

soton-mike80 says...
12:58pm Tue 5 Feb 13

cliffwalker wrote:
J.P.M wrote:
This is disgusting - particularly when you consider all the hard work Chris Huhne has done to represent the values of the south.
I hope the south does not share the values of Mr Huhne.
I was also about to say... Chris Huhne is not a good name to go dropping unless you are referring to his trial for perverting the course of justice...

I would prefer to instead refer to Southampton as a city with a rich and vibrant maritime history and tradition. Our Victorian Parks are hugely attractive, there are lots of places to visit in the vicinity and we have one of the biggest container ports in England.

Liverpool has received very generous subsidies and lots of national/internation
al funding to regenerate and grow the city from what was a complete dive in the 90s to a beautiful and vibrant modern city.

Southampton has not been that lucky and is perhaps 15 years behind Liverpool in its regeneration plans.

(And before anyone asks me - I have lived in both cities and am not fiercely loyal to either!)

arizonan says...
2:41pm Tue 5 Feb 13

Sailing distance from Liverpool to New York is closer than Southampton to New York.
Everyone in the USA knows Liverpool, it is the only, 'other', UK city that is very widely known.
Cunard and other transport operators are missing a very big trick by not using it on a more regular basis.
Not only Brits for outbound travel, Americans and other nationalities for inbound too.

kingnotail says...
3:00pm Tue 5 Feb 13

soton-mike80 wrote:
cliffwalker wrote:
J.P.M wrote:
This is disgusting - particularly when you consider all the hard work Chris Huhne has done to represent the values of the south.
I hope the south does not share the values of Mr Huhne.
I was also about to say... Chris Huhne is not a good name to go dropping unless you are referring to his trial for perverting the course of justice...

I would prefer to instead refer to Southampton as a city with a rich and vibrant maritime history and tradition. Our Victorian Parks are hugely attractive, there are lots of places to visit in the vicinity and we have one of the biggest container ports in England.

Liverpool has received very generous subsidies and lots of national/internation

al funding to regenerate and grow the city from what was a complete dive in the 90s to a beautiful and vibrant modern city.

Southampton has not been that lucky and is perhaps 15 years behind Liverpool in its regeneration plans.

(And before anyone asks me - I have lived in both cities and am not fiercely loyal to either!)
Sorry but Southampton is currently exactly the same complete dive that Liverpool was 15 years ago.

arizonan says...
7:43pm Thu 7 Feb 13

Not sure you are correct about less revenue from Liverpool v. Southampton.
I see a great many discounted cruises from Southampton.
Sailing from Liverpool saves the tiresome journey, and cost, to and from Southampton and opens up the market to all those wannabe cruiser's who will not, or cannot make that horrible journey.
The agent said he could have booked people on to New York when QM2 returns to Liverpool, but QM2 had a mini cruise booked already.
Cunard should test the water with a Southampton-Liverpoo
l-New York trip.
I predict the 1500 berths from Liverpool would sell quickly and for full price.

AlwynM says...
8:09pm Sun 10 Feb 13

This is fantastic news - no doubt the industry will benefit from having this extra departure point and on top of the calling cruises the Liverpool waterfront as a whole will be buzzing.

Well done to all involved.

Who's laughing now says...
4:45pm Tue 12 Feb 13

All that crying and look where it got you, absolutely nowhere. Anybody who believes Southampton is just 15 years behind Liverpool is disillusioned.This year we're getting two new hospitals, twelve new schools, a new exhibition centre next to the arena and conference centre.The biggest warehouse in the World is being converted into an Albert Dock part 2, a new international trade centre, a massive port expansion the mersey gateway which is a massive new bridge over the mersey, central village and there's massive regeneration going on in anfield, everton, norris green, speke, gilmoss etc. All this is without Liverpool and Wirral Waters £10 Billion worth of investement.

AlwynM says...
2:46pm Tue 5 Mar 13

Liverpool Waters, which includes the new expanded Liverpool Cruise Terminal gets the go ahead.

http://tinyurl.com/a
f22hbe

Onwards and upwards peeps.

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