A packed programme of celebrations to mark the 10th birthday of Liverpool Cruise Terminal has been revealed.
A visit from the largest turnaround vessel to ever sail into the city is among the main attractions so far, along with the return of some special Disney characters.
Full details of the scheduled festivities are still being finalised, but a host of exciting events has been announced for spectators and passengers in the city to enjoy.
The terminal was officially opened on 21 September 2007 by HRH The Duke of Kent, and has since welcomed 355 cruise ships from around 30 cruise lines, carrying more than 700,000 passengers and crew and generating £50 million for the local economy.
Announcing an already bumper summer selection of attractions to mark the milestone the assistant mayor, Councillor Wendy Simon, says: “Liverpool Cruise Terminal has transformed the tourism appeal of Liverpool and given the Mersey a new lease of life.
“It is one of the city’s great success stories and I’m delighted plans are in place to mark the 10th anniversary of such an important landmark.
“As we move towards introducing a new permanent facility which could accommodate larger turnaround cruises, it’s important we acknowledge all that has been achieved over the past 10 years and I hope that residents and visitors show their support and take part in some of the milestone celebrations planned for this summer.”
The programme of events so far is as follows:
6 June – Magellan – the largest turnaround vessel to sail in to Liverpool to date – will arrive in the city. In a nod to Liverpool’s Sgt Pepper 50th anniversary celebrations, a quayside concert will take place from 8-8.30pm featuring live music and a confetti show to bid the ship farewell.
14 June – Celebrity Eclipse – a new addition to the city’s cruise calendar this year – will depart with live music and another colourful confetti show from 6-6.30pm.
24 June – The area around the Cruise Passenger Lounge will play a part in Liverpool’s national Armed Forces Day celebrations as it becomes the ‘display arena’ with military demonstrations and a field gun-race between a team from RAF Cosford and the aircraft carrier HMS Prince of Wales (the city’s affiliated ship).
24 – 25 June – The Mersey River Festival will bring family fun and entertainment along the waterfront, with a Royal Navy ship set to be berthed at the terminal and open to visitors.
11 July – Cunard’s Queen Elizabeth will return to her spiritual home, performing a rendition of Happy Birthday on the ship’s horn. There will also be a mini, mid-river fireworks display prior to the ship’s departure at around 9.45pm.
14 July – Disney Magic is back and Princes Parade will come alive again to celebrate with a free, after school family-friendly event. Expect an outdoor cinema, street theatre and food and drink stalls, as well as a sing-along serenade to signal the ship’s departure.
23 July –Celebrity Silhouette and AzAmara Journey will sail into the River Mersey at the same time, coinciding with The Open Championship at Royal Birkdale. A dazzling fireworks display at 9.45pm will round off proceedings.
5 August – A 5pm quayside concert will mark the departure of Zuiderdam following its its inaugural visit to Liverpool. One of three Holland America Line vessels to call at the city this year, the 4* line will bring 3,200 passengers and crew and is famed for its glass appearance.
9 September, 5.30-6pm – A special 5.30-6pm sail-away show will mark the departure of the Pacific Princess, which is making the city’s final inaugural visit of the year.