It could be that Liverpool may be in line for a new permanent cruise terminal. It has been announced that options are being explored within the city, particularly at the derelict Princes Jetty.
Currently, Liverpool have a temporary cruise terminal at Princes Parade and it is estimated the income generated from the terminal in the last year has been worth £7m for the local Liverpool economy.
Mayor of Liverpool, Joe Anderson was keen to suggest that the idea was at an early stage but was excited at the thought of a permanent terminal in Liverpool. He said:
“The temporary cruise liner building has been a tremendous success and served us well, but a city of Liverpool’s standing and ambition needs a permanent building if we are to continue the growth we’ve seen in recent years.”
A spokesman for the council in Liverpool added:
“A doubling in the number of vessels visiting Liverpool” – from 31 to 61 – since they were able to turn around in the city’s waters in 2012.
“Passenger numbers are up from 38,656 four years ago to an expected 86,365 this year.”
Cunard have tentatively shown an interest of resurrecting the idea of transatlantic crossings from Liverpool if the plan gets the green light.
2015 saw all three Cunard Queens visit Liverpool as part of Cunard’s 175th Anniversary and was an appropriate tribute to Cunard’s spiritual home of Liverpool.
It looks likely that a decision will be made later this year on the future of a new cruise terminal.