Departure of Royal Princess cruise ship from Liverpool, August 2018 (c) Liverpool City Council
Liverpool Cruise Terminal has seen consistent year-on-year grow since 2007 when the floating cruise liner facility, designed by Ramboll, opened for business. This year the facility welcomed more than 100,000 international passengers and crew and approximately 50,000 spectators to the waterfront during cruise ship visits.
There are 87 planned cruise calls due to visit Liverpool in 2019, of which 11 major ships will be making their inaugural call. This is a 48% increase on the 57 ships and 4 inaugural calls in 2018.
To facilitate further growth, in May 2017 Liverpool City Council appointed Ramboll to lead a highly skilled technical team to create an “international standard”, new permanent Cruise Terminal Facility on the River Mersey.
Deputy Mayor of Liverpool and Cabinet member for Culture, Tourism and Events Cllr Wendy Simon, said: “2018 has been an extraordinary year for Cruise Liverpool. Winning tourism awards and having staff internationally recognised as dynamic leaders in the global cruise industry, as well as bringing 57 cruise ships to the city and generating an economic impact of around £7million.”
When Liverpool's 250-metre-long floating cruise liner facility opened in 2007, large cruise liners such as Queen Mary II and Queen Elizabeth II were able to to visit Liverpool without entering the enclosed dock system or berthing mid-river.
Plans for Liverpool’s new permanent Cruise Terminal will replace the existing facility to create an exciting five-star experience for passengers. Ramboll is leading a multi-disciplinary technical team designing the new terminal and will stay involved until Scheme completion.