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If Liverpool was in the dictionary, right next to it you’d find the words ‘dynamic’ ‘passionate’ ‘welcoming’, ‘diverse’, ‘creative’. The city offers unsurpassed visitor experiences within a 10 minute walk of the cruise terminal with a host of award-winning attractions, national museums and galleries; some of the UK’s most stunning architecture and not one, but two majestically different cathedrals, making it one of the top visitor destinations in the UK.


Liverpool Cruise Terminal welcomes the world to the heart of the city, with some of the greatest cruise liners at sea berthing directly onto our UNESCO World heritage waterfront. We’ve always known how to make people feel welcome in Liverpool and we know a thing or two about great voyages.

We deliver ground breaking world- class events such as ‘Giant Spectacular’, ‘The Mersey River Festival’ and ‘The Liverpool International Music Festival whilst on 25 May 2015, the Cunard fleet of Queen Mary 2, Queen Elizabeth and Queen Victoria returned to their spiritual home of Liverpool creating an unprecedented maritime event that attracted a global audience and a reported 1.3 million spectators to the River Mersey.

The City’s maritime heritage is epitomised by its iconic waterfront, designated a UNESCO World Heritage site and home to the magnificent Three Graces and Museum of Liverpool. The city also has more National museums and galleries than any other city outside of London, including Tate Liverpool, the Walker Art gallery, The International Slavery Musuem and The Beatles Story Museum.

Liverpool is of course synonymous with music, not just The Beatles, but also the world- renowned Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, as well as being the location of a number of the UK’s biggest music festivals.

With music, sport, heritage, architecture and easy access to historic Chester and the inspiring landscapes of the Lake District & North Wales, Liverpool’s appeal to the international passenger is unbeatable.

John Mawer
Head of Cruise

Top Five Facts About Liverpool

  1. Liverpool has held the prestigious UNESCO World Heritage Status since 2004 for being ‘A supreme example of a Maritime Mercantile City’
  2. Liverpool is, of course, the birthplace of The Beatles – officially the most successful band in music history
  3. Liverpool has more national museums and galleries than any other UK City Region outside London
  4. Liverpool’s magnificent Albert Dock is the UK’s largest group of Grade I listed buildings
  5. Liverpool is home to Europe’s oldest Chinese community, and has the biggest Chinese Arch outside China
Port Info
Contacts & Info


Operational Hours:

Cruise Ships – 24hr operation; No Restrictions for cruise ships
All other vessels – by prior arrangement only with Liverpool Cruise Terminal management

Latitude & Longitude:

North 53° 24’ 00”
West 2° 59’ 52”

Prevailing Weather:

Winds: SSW through W to NNW
Currents: Strong on Spring Tides

Berth Information:

250m floating pontoon.
There are 2x Mooring Dolphins which provide a further 108m in order to facilitate the mooring of larger cruise liners. Liverpool Cruise Terminal is a floating jetty.
The freeboard is a constant 2.1m above the water.

Vessel Length:

No minimum length
365m maximum utilising mooring dolphins

Vessel Width:

No Restrictions

Air Draft Restrictions:

No Restrictions

Vessel Draft:

Maximum 11m

Depth on Berth:

9.4m (minimum depth alongside LCT & uninterrupted length this depth occurs)

Largest ship to call:

Queen Mary 2

VTS - Channel:

24hrs per day / 365 days per year

Max Ship Dimension:

365 metres LOA




10 tugs
40 – 70 tons bollard weight
All Tugs located in Liverpool
24 hours’ notice is required – Svitzer or Smit

Security Facilities:

Fully compliant with ISPS regulations.
2 x Rapiscan Xray / 2 x Archway Metal Detectors / 1 baggage Xray


Ship’s own gangways must be used

Fresh Water:

Water metres are located along the berth face

Power Supply:


Fuel Supply:

Must be arranged directly with relevant local supplier in advance

Hot works / painting/ lifeboats:

All may only occur with prior approval from Port Authority
Lifeboats may be lowered but must not enter the water

Waste Handling:

All waste can be accommodated with 24hr notice

Cruise Terminal Building:

There is a passenger lounge with comfortable seating, rest rooms, a small cafe and a Tourist Information desk with advisers who can assist with maps, advice, ticket sales, bookings etc, Welcome Desk.

Currency Exchange:

Numerous outlets are located in the city centre which is just a 5 minute walk away / 0.3km

Internet Access:

Wifi is available in Liverpool Cruise Terminal for a small donation to the Liverpool Seafarers Centre. Free Wifi is available in numerous cafés located close by.


There is a public telephone box directly outside the Cruise Terminal building


Located just a 5 minute walk away at the Town Hall in the city centre

Taxi Rank:

A Taxi rank is located directly outside Liverpool Cruise Terminal. Private Hire taxis can also be booked.

Distance to Railway Station:

The nearest underground rail station is a 5 minute walk whilst the nearest National Rail station (Lime Street) is a 5 minute taxi ride.

Distance to Airport:

Liverpool John Lennon airport is just 8km away from Liverpool Cruise Terminal and takes approx 30 minutes in a taxi.

Banks / ATM Machines:

Located just a 5 minute walk away at the Town Hall in the city centre


There are numerous bars, restaurants and cafes located directly adjacent to the cruise terminal with many more just a 5 minute walk away in city centre

Port Contacts

John Mawer, Head of Cruise


0044 (0)151 233 2008

Berth Enquiries / Reservation:
Tourist Information
Press and Media Enquiries:

For Media and Press enquiries only please contact Liverpool Press Office
0044 (0)151 225 5582

Liverpool Cruise Terminal Enquiries:
Visitor Information:
Tourist Information Centre:
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