HMS Prince Of Wales Will Sail Into The City On Friday

Thousands are expected to line the Pier Head to see the 65,000 tonne warship when it docks at Liverpool Cruise Terminal this Friday 28th February.

Nearly 13,000 free tickets to board the aircraft carrier were given away online within an hour of them going live. However don’t worry for those who have missed out on tickets, you will still be able to feel part of the event as there will be a range of activities happening on the quayside to give you a Royal Navy (RN) experience.


You can have a go on the inflatable challenge bungy run or try out the army fitness or masterchef challenge.

There will also be unarmed combat and weapons displays from the Royal Marines commando recruiting team as well as RM offshore raiding craft (ORC) and enjoy entertainment from HM Royal Marines Band although a number of these displays are weather dependent.

The Royal Navy Village on the waterfront will see the navy with our other armed services and you will be to see a RN dive tank, RN aircraft including a Lynx, Gazelle and Typhoon, plus RN, RAF & Army mobile outreach vehicles.

Facts About HMS Prince Of Wales

HMS Prince of wales is one of the most powerful surface warships ever constructed in the UK.

Her flight deck is 70 metres wide and 280 metres long – enough space for three football pitches – and she holds 45 days’ worth of food in stores.

She will have a crew complement (minimum crew) of around 700, increasing to around 1,600 with aircraft onboard.

HMS Prince of Wales’ size and scope is awe-inspiring – she can embark 36 F-35B and four Merlin Helicopters.

Facts & figures

  • 65,000 weight in tonnes
  • 40 helicopters can be carried and embarked
  • 700 crew members


HMS Prince of Wales’ crew will have an expansive range of skills, so she will be able to meet the widest range of tasks around the world, including:

  • Humanitarian relief, saving lives across the seven seas
  • High intensity war fighting
  • Fighting terrorism

Virgin Cruise Ship Scarlet Lady Arrives On Liverpool Waterfront

Virgin Voyages new cruise liner Scarlet Lady in Liverpool
The epic Virgin Voyages cruise liner is visiting Liverpool today before heading to New York.The 2,700 passenger luxury liner is set to arrive into Liverpool Cruise Terminal at around 10am, depending on the weather.She will spend one day and night in Liverpool before sailing onto New York and Miami, where she will make her inaugural passenger voyage around the Caribbean in April, as part of a 37 day tour.

Sir Richard is aiming to bring the luxury of a boutique hotel to the sea, with his Virgin Voyages fleet. On board is more than 20 places to eat, lavish ‘Rockstar suites’, elegant bars, a spa, tattoo parlour and an area designed for outdoor yoga.

During her visit to Liverpool, people can view the Virgin Voyages Scarlet Lady cruise liner while she is docked at Liverpool Cruise Terminal, 2 Princes Parade, Liverpool L3 1DL. Members of the public will not be allowed on board.

The Liverpool Cruise Terminal is a 350-metre-long (1,150 ft) floating structure situated on the River Mersey enabling large cruise ships to visit without entering the enclosed dock system or berthing mid-river and tending passengers ashore. The terminal was officially opened on 21 September 2007 by the Duke of Kent when the Queen Elizabeth 2 berthed at the terminal. The current terminal is composed mainly of a floating landing stage, with a small passenger terminal building, but a larger terminal is under construction.

The cruise terminal is part of the £5.5 billion Liverpool Waters scheme to regenerate 60 hectares of dockland in Liverpool. The terminal received UK Government approval in March 2013, after Liverpool City Council approved the scheme in March 2012.

Second Cruise Terminal

A second cruise terminal is under construction as a part of the Liverpool Waters scheme. Liverpool City Council unveiled preliminary plans for a £50 million development for the proposed new cruise stage in September 2017. The new facility is being built slightly further down the Mersey at Princes Dock where the old wooden landing stage currently lies. The new terminal will be able to handle ships with up to 3,600 passengers and would include dedicated passport control as well as a cafe. Plans were submitted for planning permission by the council in November 2017 and work on the new facility began in 2018.

Bramley Hotel – Proposed Plans Put Forward To Liverpool City Council

A new hotel could be built across the road from the site of Everton’s proposed new stadium, if Liverpool Council’s planners approve.

‘Bramley Hotel’ will be located on Regent Road in Bramley-Moore Dock, aiming to accommodate football fans and visitors to the North Docks area of Liverpool.

Final designs for the new stadium were unveiled in December, with a detailed planning application sent to the council.

‘Bramley Hotel’ will be a key facility for those attending the 52,000-seater Bramley-Moore Dock stadium

The planning statement described Bramley-Moore Dock and Ten Streets as an “underutilised area”, adding: “This site is well-located within the Northern Docks, close to sustainable access options and existing and proposed commercial and leisure opportunities.

Containing 167 rooms, ‘Bramley Hotel’ is sure to be a popular destination for football fans.

It will be run by worldwide chain Accor, branded as an ‘Ibis Styles’ hotel, positioned just metres from the new stadium.

Plans have been submitted to the council, with the building set to be nine storeys high and delivered by developer Crossfield.

The design and access statement submitted alongside the application said the buildings on site currently “appear in relatively poor condition”

The proposals would see the current buildings on site demolished, with the hotel and 87-space multi-storey car park built in its place.

It’s expected to go before Liverpool Council’s planning committee later this year.

Ocean Gateway Scheme – Liverpool Peel Aims To Deliver 50 projects over 50 years with £50bn

Peels Plans include ambitious planning and economic spatial policies, including long-term masterplanning, realigned and reinvigorated support for the delivery of sustainable development, a new approach to public funding that tackles underinvestment in skills and infrastructure, and promotion and incentivisation of private sector investment, particularly in left-behind areas.Projects marked out for further progress from 2020-2025, all supported by partnerships with both the private and public sectors, include:

  • Further growth at the Port of Liverpool having witnessed greater investment at Liverpool2
  • Liverpool John Lennon Airport targeting six million passengers by 2024, building on its Faster Easier Friendlier customer focus
  • 2020 will see the outcome of the public inquiry into a scheme to restore and reinvigorate the historic Hulton Park in Bolton, through the creation of an iconic new international sporting venue and mixed-use community
  • Protos and the Cheshire Energy Hub are at the heart of Peel’s commitment to investment in sustainable resources, complemented by investment in the first phase of a district heating network at Liverpool Waters
  • Long-term sustainability commitments to net zero carbon buildings, zero waste to landfill and a 15% reduction in energy use
  • 5,000 homes delivered in the next three years at Manchester Waters, Trafford Waters, Liverpool Waters and Wirral Waters
  • Delivery of much-needed family and affordable homes, including directly through Peel L&P’s new housebuilding arm Northstone, alongside partnerships with other builders and housing providers
  • RHS Garden Bridgewater – the UK’s fifth national garden is scheduled to open later this year on the site of the historic Worsley New Hall and Gardens
  • A new cruise liner terminal, a new Isle of Man ferry terminal and a new stadium for Everton Football Club, as part of Liverpool Waters
  • A state-of-the-art wellbeing resort and a new EventCity, as part of Peel L&P’s continued development of TraffordCity
  • Further economic growth, new homes and community facilities at MediaCityUK, with plans already approved to double the size of the digital and creative hub by 2030

£38m Isle Of Man Ferry Terminal Project To Begin This Month

The new terminal at Prince’s Dock is set to be completed next summer, and expected to provide a £3.2m boost for the city’s economyWorks on the delayed Isle of Man Ferry terminal at Prince’s Dock are to finally get underway this month after a groundbreaking event took place. The scheme, which will cost £38m, is now set for completion by summer next year – a date that has been delayed twice.

The event on Friday was attended by Liverpool political figures including Metro Mayor Steve Rotheram and Deputy Liverpool Mayor Cllr Lynnie Hinnigan, as well as Isle of Man chief minister Howard Quayle. Speaking at the event, Mayor Rotheram said:

“Our waterfront is iconic and recognised the world over. The new ferry terminal will be a fantastic addition to it.

“Not only does the new terminal cement our special and historic links with the Isle of Man, it opens new and exciting opportunities – for trade, tourism and leisure.

“We have supported the project from day one and I look forward to it progressing further in the coming months.”

In November last year, it was revealed that the project would be delayed for a second time due to planning and legal agreements taking “longer than anticipated”.

The original date of completion was set to be December this year, before that was pushed back to March 2021, with the estimated end date now July 2021.

It is predicted that the project within the Liverpool Waters development will generate £3.2m for the regional economy, and opportunities are expected to attract further investment to the docklands.

Manannan, the Isle of Man Steam Packet Company’s fast craft, sails between Liverpool and the Isle of Man and Liverpool up to twice a day between the spring and the autumn. It is particularly busy around the Isle of Man TT races when the vessel carries thousands of motorcyclists and motorsport fans.

Vehicles and freight traffic will be served by a link road currently under construction and funded by Liverpool City Council and the Combined Authority who have worked together to deliver the funding for the link road as part of its major City Centre Connectivity project.

Foot passengers, meanwhile, will be able to access the terminal via a riverside footbridge, near to the planned Cruise Liner Terminal Hotel which will be located at Princes Dock. Bus and taxi facilities will be provided to the new site and will also be available across the footbridge, adjacent to Alexandra Tower as part of the Cruise Liner scheme.

Two Start-Up Ventures Choose Waterfront Location As Their Ideal Offices

Liverpool Waters has welcomed two start-up business tenants to The Quay, Princes Dock, with professional services firm Odin Consulting and financial services provider Epic Finance having recently moved into the city centre location.

For Epic Finance this move is a reflection of the newly-launched firm’s success to date, with further expansion planned.

The start-up plans to use this office as its base, initially focusing on a niche market with future plans to expand into the mainstream vehicle and asset finance markets.

Ty Willson, director of marketing at Epic Finance, said: “Liverpool Waters offers a great working environment right here in the city centre, bringing fantastic opportunities for us to recruit locally and allowing us to achieve our ambition of developing our business throughout the country.

“Liverpool is an ideal place to grow a new business and we foresee significant expansion over the next three years. This location will provide great opportunities for our peoples’ careers to flourish and grow with the business.”

Odin Consulting, another newly-launched business which has previously seen its staff working in Manchester and remotely, has brought its staff to the Liverpool city centre location.

The team were looking for their own office space rather than a shared or co-working environment close to the city centre, but ideally in a quiet location with light and airy office space.

Odin Consulting director, Tamlyn Stone, said: “The quality of the building, the estuary and dock views and the fact that it is close to Moorfields station and the city centre were key factors in our decision to move to Liverpool Waters

“To leave our home offices and move to a city centre base, the office needed to be somewhere inspirational where we and our clients want to travel to, and this location ticks all of the boxes.

“The use of the internal atrium, the ability to hire a variety of meeting rooms and have a car park just next door mean that our relocation to Liverpool Waters made perfect sense.”

Tamlyn added: “We plan to establish and grow our business providing professional accounting and business advice to entrepreneurial businesses using this location as the catalyst for servicing existing and obtaining new clients.

“Much of our work is conducted in our clients’ offices, so this space will provide a perfect hub to tie our business operations together.”

Liza Marco, asset manager at Liverpool Waters, part of Peel L&P, said: “It’s incredibly exciting to have these two start-up businesses joining us at Liverpool Waters, using the location as a catalyst to help their businesses grow.

“Being surrounded by so many businesses across all sizes and sectors means that these new tenants will have enviable access to a huge number of organisations and prospective customers and clients in the city centre. We look forward to seeing what the future holds for these new businesses.”

She added: “There continues to be significant demand for commercial office space at Princes Dock, which allows us to progress with our plans for the wider Liverpool Waters scheme.”

Liverpool Waters is the site of a £5.5bn development programme by Peel L&P, including commercial and residential schemes, and the site for Everton FC’s proposed new stadium.

River Of Light Returns Between 1st-9th November 2019

A nine day festival of light, colour and spectacle. River of Light 2019 will bring together large scale art commissions from artists across the world.

With the fireworks and 10 specially commissioned light installations heading to Liverpool for the week, it’s the perfect opportunity to get the whole family down for a weekend of fun in the city.

With the mid-river fireworks display taking centre stage on 3rd November lighting up the skies with an array of colour and music.

Two simultaneous displays, from the Waterfront in Liverpool and as part of Wirral’s Borough of Culture year in New Brighton, with a soundtrack featuring artists and songs which have been big in the city this year.

All River of Light events and installations are completely free, so there’s no excuse to visit this spectacular event on Liverpool Waters.


River Of Light Installations,

Globoscope – Liverpool Parish Church
Submergence – Mann Island Atrium
Spiders – Waterside Cunard Building
Cetus – Mann Island Basin
Intrude – Exchange Flags
Flight – Royal Liver Building
Whole Hole – Wapping Dock Wall
Run Beyond – Salthouse Quay
Liverpool Jackpot – Plaza Building
Portal – Royal Albert Doc


If you’re heading to Liverpool for the mid-river firework display on the River Mersey on Sunday 3rd November then make sure you get the whole family down to the Pier Head early for a good viewing spot. The fireworks are due to start at 6:30pm.

With performance, music and light displays in the build up to the main event, it will be a spectacle for everyone to enjoy. The accompanying soundtrack is set to feature artists and songs who have played in the city this year so it’s going to be a pretty impressive show!


The Cruise Terminal Hotel Finally Gets The Go Ahead

The Cruise Terminal Hotel facilities include a lobby bar, cafe, restaurant, business suite and back of house facilities as well as visitor and coach parking, and a taxi pick-up and drop-off point.

Peel L&P’s £5bn Liverpool Waters scheme is one of the largest regeneration projects in Europe, which will create five distinct neighbourhoods and breathe life back into the city’s northern docks.

Construction of the new hotel is expected to commence early 2020 and will see s Wates fulfil a commitment to provide extensive training and employment opportunities for local people as well as boosting the city’s economy through the appointment of local supply chain partners.

Dave Saville, Business Unit Director for Wates Construction North West, commented:

We are very pleased to have received planning permission for the new Liverpool Cruise Terminal Hotel, a development that will play a significant role in the growth of the city’s already booming tourism industry. Months of work have gone into the planning for the project in terms of its delivery and the added value it will create for local people and we look forward to bringing these plans to fruition in the coming months and years.

Mayor of Liverpool Joe Anderson said:

Liverpool should be the premier cruise destination on the west coast of the UK and our new terminal will underpin that ambition and make it a reality. This hotel is critical to the plan to create a world-class experience for the cruise companies and their passengers. The city is working with some of the very best in the construction industry to deliver the facilities and I’m delighted they’ve got the green light to start this hugely important scheme.

Darran Lawless, Development Director for Liverpool Waters, part of Peel L&P, said:

This is a fantastic step forward for Liverpool’s regeneration. The hotel will be a brilliant addition to our waterfront, allowing visitors from around the world to experience this fantastic city. We look forward to seeing the development progress as part of the wider Liverpool Waters scheme.

Mike Hopkins, Director, Jones Lang LaSalle, added:

The proposed hotel will provide a high-quality, landmark building on this important part of the Liverpool waterfront – complementing the recently-approved Cruise Terminal and helping to secure significant benefits to the visitor and retail economies of the city and the wider region.

Construction of the new hotel was procured by the City Council via Major Works UK, part of Scape’s National Construction framework, which has been designed to deliver significant levels of local economic engagement as well as extensive community initiatives.

Wates’ design team includes Brock Carmichael as Architects, Curtins as Civil and Structural Engineers, Ramboll as Mechanical and Electrical Engineers and Planit as Landscape Architects.

The new Cruise Terminal facility is supported with £20m from the Local Growth Fund, which is awarded to the Liverpool City Region Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) and invested through the Liverpool City Region Combined Authority’s Strategic Investment Fund. It recently received detailed planning permission in late August.

The site of Princes Jetty and the land known as Plot 11 along Princes Parade, which are needed for the construction of the new cruise terminal and the hotel, will be gifted to the city council by Peel L&P.

Plans Approved For Landmark Liverpool Cruise Terminal

The city’s new terminal, situated within Peel L&P’s £5bn Liverpool Waters scheme, will be constructed at the Princes Jetty site.

Liverpool to welcome in 2019 over 165,000 passengers and crew

Liverpool’s record-breaking cruise season will reach a high-water mark tomorrow when the city welcomes the iconic Queen Mary 2 to the Mersey.

The 149,000-tonne vessel – the largest ocean liner ever built – will be on full view on Tuesday, 16 July whilst moored in front the city’s World Heritage waterfront.

QM2 was last seen in its spiritual home in 2015 when 800,000 people came to see her and her sister ships Queen Victoria and Queen Elizabeth for Cunard’s 175th anniversary celebrations.
Since that time QM2 has had a full re-fit and boasts 10 dining options on board, four swimming pools, a theatre and the first planetarium at sea.

During the ship’s historic call to Liverpool 300 passengers will join her as part of a transatlantic voyage to New York via Reykjavik and Halifax, Nova Scotia.

The visit will mark a highlight for the team at Liverpool Cruise Terminal who are now half-way through their most successful season ever.

This year will see 86 ships carrying 165,000 passengers and crew members arrive in Liverpool. The season is expected to boost the local economy by £12m, with Liverpool City Council in the final stages of planning for a brand new Cruise Terminal, which will be able to take the next generation of super cruise liners.

At the halfway point of this 2019 season, the terminal has so far welcomed 37 ships, 55,000 passengers and 25,000 crew members. There have been seven new ships visiting Merseyside for the first time and two new cruise lines have chosen the terminal for future visits.

This year, Richard Branson’s Virgin Voyages have announced it will be bringing its first ocean liner Scarlett Lady to Liverpool in 2020.

QM2 is expected to make port at midnight on Monday, 15 July and be in Liverpool until 8pm the following day.

There will be a host of sail away celebrations from 7pm including a spectacular quayside concert featuring local spoken word artist Lyndsay Price, Liverpool’s very own Town Crier and a sensational programme of live entertainment. A colourful confetti show will signal the ships departure at 8pm. This FREE family fun event bidding QM2 a fond farewell can be enjoyed from Princes Parade.

Liverpool City Council Deputy Mayor and Cabinet Member for Tourism, Cllr Wendy Simon, said: “We think this is a real homecoming for the Queen Mary 2 and we are delighted to have this magnificent ship back in our city.
“Attracting liners of this calibre to Liverpool is really helping to cement our status as a global city and travel destination.
“The reason these beautiful ships keep returning is that the team at the Cruise Terminal provide an experience and level of service that rivals any in the world and, of course, the passengers will all get the legendary Liverpool welcome.
“It is only fitting that the city that was the birthplace of passenger cruising continues to lead the way by welcoming the world’s top ships. We are all looking forward to the many more of the upcoming highlights of this year’s cruise season.”

Angus Struthers, Vice President Sales & Marketing at Cunard said: “Given our historic ties with the city, we are delighted to return to Liverpool, the spiritual home of Cunard. As with this special voyage, when the opportunity arises, we’re always keen to tailor our itineraries to meet local desire for local departures, especially on the iconic Transatlantic route sailing to New York.”

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