Catapulting Liverpool into the maritime limelight once more as one of the most desirable cruise destinations in Europe, Liverpool Cruise Terminal have a celebration up their sleeves. 2017 is a big year – a record-breaking year in fact - with 63 cruise ships and 111,000 passengers set to arrive, and a jam-packed celebration to mark Cruise Liverpool’s 10th anniversary like no other.

We’ve put together a list of 10 amazing things about the Terminal - complete with some of the best birthday events that we know you'll want to make the trip here for. As if we needed another reason to feel excited about summer!

1. World famous

Across the last decade, Liverpool Cruise Terminal has welcomed 355 cruise ships, from over 30 different cruise liners. From the Queen Mary 2 to Disney Magic, the River Mersey has played hosts to some of the world’s most famous cruise liners, and the largest. Have you set sail on any?

2. A royal affair

The QM2, of course, was part of one of the most famous events of the last ten years of Liverpool Cruise terminal when, alongside the Queen Elizabeth and the Queen Victoria, the three cruise liners “danced” on the River Mersey for the Three Queens 2015, celebrating Cunard’s 175th anniversary.

3. There's not just one birthday

The first event this summer to celebrate the 10th birthday celebrations will be Magellan on the Mersey, the largest vessel to turnaround in the city. The 1250 passengers will be invited to watch a celebratory quayside concert at 7pm with local artists honouring 50 years of Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club and The Summer of Love. And that's not all...as the ship departs there will be a colourful confetti show. Looks like you'll be keeping Tuesday 6th June free!

4. A special bond

When Liverpool Cruise Terminal was first opened in 2007 by the Duke of Kent, Cunard’s QE2 was the first ship to officially launch the terminal. Of course, Liverpool and Cunard have a special bond; Cunard was founded in Liverpool in 1839 and was home to their head office for almost 130 years. Liverpool celebrated Cunard’s 175th birthday in 2015 and they return the favour this summer with the Queen Elizabeth paying a visit. The youngest member of the Cunard fleet will ‘sing’ happy birthday on the ship’s horn. There will also be a mid-river fireworks display. Put 11th July in your diary!

5. They're pretty popular

Over the past ten years, over 700,000 international passengers and crew have passed through Liverpool Cruise terminal. That's a lot of people! Those visits have generated £50m to the local economy, and a lot of smiling faces.

6. It's magic!

Disney Magic made her first visit to Liverpool last summer and she’s BACK in 2017. Her inaugural visit drew huge crowds to the Pier Head and this summer will be absolutely no different. Expect food, drink, street theatre, performance and a Disney film on the waterfront - that's a birthday celebration we like the sound of!

7. Expect fireworks

For the first time since the Cruise Terminal opened, global cruise operator Royal Caribbean Cruises will have two of their ships in the River Mersey at the same time. Celebrity Silhouette and AzAmara Journey will both visit Liverpool for The Open Championship at Royal Birkdale. To celebrate, Two Ships for Tee will see a fireworks display on the Mersey, a civic reception for both Captains at Liverpool’s Town Hall alongside a special afternoon ‘Tee’ on Sunday 23 July. As well as welcoming old friends, the Cruise Liner has first time visitors coming in 2017!

8. Expect elegance

Holland America Line’s Zuiderdam arrives on Saturday 5 August. With capacity for 1,916 passengers and reaching a height of 189 ft it’ll be a stunning addition to the waterfront. Meanwhile on 9 September, Pacific Princess will drop in on Liverpool. With an intimate capacity of 670 guests she offers passengers a taste of refined elegance. With a special sail away show planned to say farewell to her, we can't wait.

9. International Mersey River Festival

One of the favourite dates in Liverpool’s maritime calendar is the International Mersey River festival. Taking place on Friday 23 until Sunday 25 June expect everything from narrow boats and tall ships to polo tournaments, jet skiing sessions, air displays and more. 

10. Let's be honest; it's going to be spectacular!

Liverpool Cruise terminal will be part of the city’s celebrations for Armed Forces Day. The day begins with a parade of around 1,000 serving personnel including veterans, cadets and marching bands who will set off from St George’s Plateau at 11am. Once at the waterfront there will be a chance to see military displays including unarmed combat display from the Royal Marines to RAF dog handling exercises. A naval vessel will be docked at the Cruise Liner berth, which will be open to visitors and a number of fly pasts will take place through the day. You can take a look at some of their AMAZING events below.

Oh, and with so many amazing things going on, we know you'll want to pack in lots more experiences during your trip. Here's a few that we think you'll love:

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