One of the USA’s most popular cruise lines is heading to Liverpool on its first ever trip to the British Isles.
Disney Cruise Line has announced that in 2016 one of its fleet it will be coming to Britain for the first time and Liverpool is one of just two English destinations it will sail in to.
Disney Magic will call into Liverpool on Friday 27 May 2016 and Sunday 12 June 2016. The distinct vessel can carry around 2,700 passengers, and the two city visits are expected to have an economic impact of around half a million pounds.
Liverpool’s Cruise Terminal Manager, Angie Redhead, explained how this has come about: “We have been meeting with Disney Cruise Line for a few years at industry events, and in the early days their focus was on deploying ships within Florida and the Caribbean but over time, as new ships entered their fleet, their interest in possible British Isles deployment grew.
“Working in partnership with our port colleagues in Scotland and Ireland, we were able to encourage and suggest that a British Isles itinerary would be very well received by UK cruise passengers. The British Isles has a wealth of world-class destinations within easy reach of our ports, with great facilities to ensure a seamless experience for each and every cruise guest.
“In discussions with Disney, I presented a broad and eclectic mix of great experiences that guests could enjoy during their time in Liverpool, ranging from cultural landmarks, fascinating heritage to spectacular countryside just a short hop away, as well as an assurance that the city of Liverpool would greet them with open arms with our famously friendly welcome when they call here.
“This year looks set to be another fantastic year for cruising in Liverpool with some of the world’s newest and most contemporary ships ever to sail in British waters calling here, and of course the three Cunard Queens making history on the Mersey in May. So it’s good to know 2016 is already looking strong, and the visit of Disney Magic will be one of the highlights of the summer. We look forward to welcoming their ships, passengers and crew and showing them everything that Liverpool has to offer.”
Facts about Disney Magic:
The ship boasts 11 expansive decks
It is 984 feet in length and 106 feet wide
It weighs 84,000 tonnes
It can comfortably hold 2,700 passengers and 950 cast and crew members
It has ten different eating areas/restaurants
There are five pools on board and two nightclubs
The liner will embark on a 12 night cruise from Dover and will sail to Invergordon, Kirkwall and Greenock in Scotland; Newcastle, Liverpool and Dublin. She will also call to Le Havre in France, as well as Guernsey in the Channel Islands.
All of these, except Kirkwall, are first-time ports of call for Disney Cruise Line.
Bookings for the new itineraries is available and details can be found on the ‘Itineraries and Ports’ 2016 page of www.disneycruise.com.