Cruising from Liverpool
Liverpool Cruise Terminal, Gate 2, Princes Parade, Liverpool, L3 1DL
Crowned capital of Culture in 2008, Liverpool is a city built on the back of shipping and trade with a unique charm and atmosphere. Its shipping roots give Liverpool a unique relationship with the sea and the ships that it owes its existence to.
Cunard's old headquarters still dominate the harbour area although Fred Olsen and Cruise and Maritime are the most frequent lines to call Liverpool home today. Modern Liverpool and its state-of-the-art cruise terminal mix nostalgic docks with museums and architecture with modern transport access and facilities.
Cruise lines and destinations from Liverpool
Fred. Olsen (Black Watch), CMV (Magellan) use Liverpool as a departure port on a regular basis. In addition, many other cruise lines make port at Liverpool to see the city’s fascinating sights. Such cruise lines include classic British cruises on Cunard and P&O, small luxury yachts with Regent and Seabourn as well as, Princess, Viking, Celebrity and even Disney Cruises on occasion.
- Small ships: Fred Olsen, Cruise and Maritime, Viking
- Large ships: Princess, Celebrity, Cunard, Disney
- Luxury yachts: Regent of the Seven Seas, Seabourn
Most Cruises from Liverpool tend to be either cruises around the British Isles to the highlands or Scotland down to Dublin, or to Northern Europe such as the Baltic countries and cities or the Scandinavian Fjords and Iceland and even arctic regions or the Mediterranean. However, more varied itineraries are available such a s transatlantic cruises to America, Canada, and the canaries and Azores and Caribbean.
- British isles: Scotland's highlands and islands, Dublin and Cork, London and the Scilly Isles
- Northern Europe: Scandinavian Fjords, Iceland, the Baltic cities of St. Petersburg, Stockholm and Copenhagen
- Mediterranean: France, Spain, Portugal, Italy, Greece
- Transatlantic: USA, Canada and Alaska, the Caribbean, Canaries and Azores
Getting to Liverpool Cruise Terminal
Liverpool Cruise Terminal is extremely easy to get to and there are many ways to get there depending on your needs, made much easier by the dock only having one ship at a time.
By car leave the M6 motorway at junction 21, and join the M62 for Liverpool. Once in Liverpool, follow signs for the Liver Building. The Sat Nav address is L3 1DL but the cruise terminal is directly behind this easy-to-see landmark by the waterfront.
There is no short stay car park for pick-ups directly outside the cruise terminal but there are several short stay car parks close by in the city centre. There is a five-minute drop-off bay.
If cruising with MSC or Fred Olsen, there is a valet parking service from the terminal. Meanwhile, for other lines if there is no set long-stay parking service, there are plenty of long-stay options around the city including one close by on Kings Dock St with a car hire company directly across the road.
By Public Transport
If travelling by train, Liverpool Lime Street is a short taxi, bus or city train ride away from James Street Train Station and the docks. If you have time and your bags are light, a walk through the historic and lively city centre is pleasant- just look up and head towards the iconic Liver Building
If cruising from Liverpool as part of a fly-cruise, the city&spos;s own John Lennon Airport is only a forty minute bus ride from the docks while Manchester Airport is just as accessible with regular trains and coaches. There are also regular buses and trains from London to Liverpool City centre.
Taxi and drop-offs are conveniently located right outside with a nice 5-minute maximum stop over to say your goodbyes and unload for your cruise to begin. Meanwhile, the closet rent-car company is located 2 minutes’ walk away on St Nicholas Place.
Liverpool Cruise Terminal Facilities
There are no luggage lockers in the terminal. However, there are is a luggage storage service at Liverpool Lime Street train station.
Drinks and snacks are available in the lounge area with toilets before and after check-in. However, one fantastic advantage to Liverpool cruise terminal is its location in the heart of the city. As a result, restaurants, hotels and shopping are only a few hundred metres walk away at Liverpool One, 10 minutes’ walk away.
Liverpool cruise terminal is fully accessible with drop off spaces and porter assistance with baggage. There are also special vehicles to assist anyone with mobility issues.
Tourism: What to do and see in Liverpool
Should you arrive before your allotted check-in time at Liverpool Cruise Terminal, you are in perfect position to go to one of the local cafes or explore the docks to pass the time. Liverpool has no shortage of sights to see and it could even be a good idea to book a hotel for a night and really get to explore this fascinating hub in full. If you’ve only got a morning or afternoon, take the hop-on, hop off bus around the city instead. Liverpool’s’ nostalgic music scene is definitely worth a look at for any Beatles fans setting off on cruise from Liverpool. Check out the Cavern Club and the Beatles Museum. Meanwhile, the docks and bustling streets host a quirky hub of shopping centres and free-entry museums, such as the Merseyside Maritime Museum, International Slavery Museum and Art Gallery.
Places of interest located on Albert Docks.
|The Beatles Story||9am-5pm||Kids: £10
|Museum covering everything Beatles|
|Museum of Liverpool||10am-5pm||Free||Liverpool through the ages|
|International Slavery Museum||10am-5pm||Free||Liverpool's dark past|
|Tate Liverpool||10am-6pm||Free||Contemporary art|
|The Big Wheel||10am-9pm||Adult: £10
|See the sights of Liverpool|