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Agents embrace plan for Liverpool cruise terminal


Sophie Griffiths


AGENTS IN Liverpool have welcomed news that the City Council is preparing a huge investment for a new cruise terminal, understood to be in the region of £50 million. The move comes after council


chief executive Ged Fitzgerald announced last week that the council was finalising the investment plans. “We are drawing up plans for a new


cruise liner facility that will attract the biggest cruise liners and generate a wide economic impact. A report will go to the council’s cabinet,” he said. “We’ve been doing a lot of work in


the technology of the engineering in the river because it’s got its own complexities. The range of the tide is very significant, so being able to get the right solution riverside is important. And then we’ve got to work out what we can do on the land side of the terminal to justify the cost of building into the river.


“It will demand significant


investment, which will be expensive,” he added. “But we are determined to make sure it’s the right solution, it’s a sustainable solution, it adds to the economic offering of the city and it adds to the economic impact that the cruise liner industry has already brought to the city.” The move would enable larger


cruise ships to use the terminal as a turnaround port, with local media suggesting the terminal would be able to welcome ships carrying up to 3,600 passengers. Regional travel agents applauded


the announcement and said it would help to introduce a raft of new customers to cruise – particularly in the family market. Jessica Matthews, assistant manager at Myriad Travel, told TTG: “We sell a lot of cruises, but only CMV and Fred Olsen tend to sail out of Liverpool, so for a lot of our customers [who want a


different line], they have to fly or go to Southampton. “I think the new terminal will


attract a lot of new-to-cruise customers. Fred Olsen and CMV aren’t as family friendly [as other lines], so a lot of people just disregard cruise automatically because they don’t want to have to travel to Southampton or fly. A new terminal would make a massive difference for us – and for the city because it would bring more visitors to Liverpool on day visits from the ships too.” Local Travel Counsellor Ian Hughes


agreed: “It would help create a northern hub for cruising – this could be a really good selling tool. “I have some cruise customers,


but they tend to fly rather than have to go down to Southampton. If they could have cruises on their doorstep, it would be a much better prospect for them than having to worry about sorting out flights and immigration queues at the airport.”


SALES APPOINTMENTS


CMV grows team as Columbus sales ‘exceed expectations’


CRUISE & MARITIME Voyages has announced three new appointments to its growing sales team. Ruby Wake, a former regional


POLAR POWER: Hurtigruten has said its first two hybrid-powered expedition ships will be named after polar explorers Roald Amundsen and Fridtjof Nansen. The ships will be the first expeditionary ships sailing “fully electric with sustainable hybrid technology”. Designed by Rolls-Royce, the vessels will have three restaurants and a “special pool deck” featuring infinity pools, Jacuzzis and bars. They are due for delivery in 2018 and 2019.


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sales manager at Royal Caribbean, has joined as business development manager for south-east England. Alison Leeke, who worked for Neilson, Thomas Cook and Virgin Holidays and more recently at City Sightseeing Worldwide in Henley-in Arden, has been appointed to look after the south-west and Wales. Daniel Steabler will cover the


north of England and Scotland for CMV after joining from Hays Travel Tour Operating, where he


Daniel Steabler has joined CMV


was formerly national sales manager. Lisa Jacobs, head of trade sales


at CMV, said: “These appointments are most welcome at a key time in the development of the CMV brand. With sales of new fleet addition Columbus exceeding all expectations, these are important roles.”


sgriffiths@ttgmedia.com IN BRIEF


■COUNSELLORS CRUISING ON UP Travel Counsellors saw a 49% rise year- on-year in cruise bookings in September. The group said the increase had been particularly impressive for its 2017 bookings to Canada and Alaska with Holland America and Princess Cruises.


■FREE FLIGHTS AND TRANSFERS Princess Cruises is offering free flights and transfers on more than 50 European sailings in the Mediterranean and northern Europe. The line is also giving up to $600 onboard spending money per stateroom on more than 400 non fly-Europe sailings, including voyages from the UK, Caribbean, Asia and Alaska. The offer is available from now until December 20.


■FRED.\ TO BE AMADEUS AGENT Fred.\ River Cruises has been appointed UK general sales agent for Amadeus River Cruises. Amadeus, which is 40 years old, is owned by Austrian river cruise specialists Luftner Cruises. The move comes ahead of the launch of Amadeus’s latest flagship, Amadeus Provence, which will operate along the Rhone and Saone rivers when it launches in spring 2017.


Sophie Griffiths 020 3714 4114


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