£50m Cruise Liner Terminal to be New Liverpool Landmark
Liverpool’s new £50m cruise liner terminal will give customers a ‘five star’ experience, Mayor Joe Anderson has pledged.
The city council is set to appoint a design and technical team to plan the landmark complex on the banks of the Mersey at Princes Parade, north of the Pier Head.
As well a passenger terminal with passport control, the terminal could also include a 200-room hotel and multi-storey car park with 1,100 spaces.
The existing cruise liner terminal has grown massively in recent years and giant cruise ships are now regular visitors to the city, bringing £7m a year to the city economy.
Liverpool a Major Port for International Visitors
This year 63 vessels are set to bring 78,742 passengers to the city – up from 15 carrying 27,278 in 2011. Last year Disney Cruise Line came to Britain for the first time and chose Liverpool as one of just two cities to visit.
A new ‘turnaround’ facility will allow cruise ships carrying up to 3,600 passengers to start and end their cruises in the city, boosting the cruise industry still further.
Mayor of Liverpool Joe Anderson said: “Liverpool’s cruise industry has transformed our tourism appeal and given the Mersey a new lease of life. It has been one of the city’s great success stories of the past decade but we need to relocate if we are to welcome the next generation of super liners and give passengers a full five star experience.”
“Appointing a technical team is a vital step in exploring how we achieve that move and if we can, we do it to the highest standards. A new cruise facility would also be a huge boost to our plans to transform the North Liverpool docklands and the support we’ve already received from the industry to the idea is hugely encouraging.”
The terminal is part of the massive £5bn Liverpool Waters regeneration scheme that could also include a new Everton stadium further north at Bramley Moore Dock.
£50m to Make New Liverpool Cruise Terminal Dream a Reality
The design brief includes a passenger and baggage terminal with passport control, lounge, café, toilets, taxi rank and vehicle pick up point, with the potential for a hotel and car park.
A car park will be built for the terminal – but the council says it is looking at various locations north of Leeds Street to see if it could also serve the Ten Streets regeneration zone.