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City sails towards a bumper cruise season

LIVERPOOL will welcome more than 100 cruises to its shores in 2022, as the city plans to deliver its most ambitious season yet.

The outbreak of the global pandemic in March 2020 led to the cancellation of cruises worldwide for almost 14 months. Despite this, the city’s cruise industry mounted a respectable recovery in the second half of last year.

Between May and December 2021, Liverpool’s terminal hosted around 100 cruises from 12 different operators, with 80,000 passengers either boarding, disembarking or passing through the city.

With confidence high following Liverpool’s handling of the return of cruising last spring, more operators are turning to the city to make bookings.

Inaugural visits are expected from 10 ships including the Valiant Lady, Celebrity Apex and Norwegian Dawn. The season will get into full swing in March, with a visit from Virgin Voyages, and will also include visits from the Queen Victoria (June) and the popular Disney Magic (September).

Fred Olsen will also return, having chosen Liverpool as its homeport for its flagship Borealis ship for a second season. A fitting tribute to the terminal as it marks its 15th year in operation.

Cruise Liverpool’s 2022 season is expected to provide a £15 million boost to the local economy – welcome news for local businesses and supply-chains – after a difficult 24 months.

View Cruise Liverpool’s 2022 schedule.

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