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.