Liverpool’s waterfront will have over 100 visits from cruise ships in 2022 after the Covid pandemic led to the cancellation of cruises worldwide.
It will coincide with the 15th birthday of the Liverpool Cruise Terminal later on in the year.
Among the visits will be cruise ships coming to the city for the first time including the Celebrity Apex, Norwegian Dawn and Valiant Lady.
The cruise company Fred Olsen will return after choosing Liverpool as the homeport for its flagship MS Borealis.
The Cunard ship MS Queen Victoria will also visit the city in June and the Disney Magic will follow in September.
Cllr Harry Doyle, Liverpool City Council’s Cabinet Member for Culture and Visitor Economy, believes although there will be some caution the city is determined to make the visits a success.
He said: “Plans for 2022 are shaping up nicely, and we will continue to take all the necessary precautions to make cruising through Liverpool a safe experience for everyone involved.”
The visits are expected to provide £15m to the local economy.
John Mawer, Head of Cruise Operations at Cruise Liverpool, said they will continue to work with cruise industry experts after concerns about cruise emissions on the local environment.
He added: “We want 2022 to be the year when we make progress in reducing the environmental impact of the ships on the city. There’s a long way to go but talks are already underway and I am excited to be a part of the conversation on behalf of Liverpool.”
Cruise Liverpool will maintain its satellite terminal at the Arena and Convention Centre for the foreseeable future during the Covid-19 pandemic.
The cruise ship schedule and more information can be found here.