Liverpool Celebrates Record-breaking Year
Last year was quite a season for the UK port with highlights including the inaugural Disney Magic visit, celebrations to mark the 100th anniversary of the Cunard Building which saw Queen Elizabeth sail in to the city and the first Royal christening of a Mersey ship for 50 years.
In 2016, the city welcomed 63 calls, nine up on the previous year. In total, 114,676 passengers and crew came to the city. An economic impact of around £7m (€8.2m) was generated. Four different vessels made an inaugural call to Liverpool: Disney Magic, L’Austral, Artania and Amadea.
Deputy mayor and cabinet member for culture, tourism and events, Councillor Wendy Simon, said: “Liverpool’s reputation and popularity as a cruise destination continues to grow and we’re delighted with the success of our 2016 season and the £7m boost to the local economy. We have a fantastic city wide support network behind our cruise operation, a wealth of things to see and do in the region, award-winning attractions just a short walk away and a dedicated team of people ensuring every passenger has an unforgettable time in the city.”
Angie Redhead, Liverpool Cruise and Operations Manager, said: “It’s great to reflect on the success of 2016, but we are already looking ahead to 2017 which is shaping up to be a busy year for us. We have the return of Disney Magic which I’m sure will draw in huge crowds once again, whilst the British Open Golf Championship brings both Celebrity Silhouette and Azamara Journey to the Mersey on the same day.”