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� IN FOCUS l ON THE WATER


The Dazzle Ferry is in the Mersey Ferries fleet as part of the First World War commemorations


Can’t beat the


Mersey Ferries are famed for being one of Liverpool’s most popular draws. Samantha Mayling hops onboard


success of similar events during 2017. The special sailings include tributes to bands such as the Beatles and Abba, as well as murder mystery cruises, and performances by local artists. The evening and themed cruises are also part of the celebrations marking 10 years since Liverpool was the European Capital of Culture. One of the region’s top paid-for visitor


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attractions – with more than 400,000 leisure journeys in 2017 – the ferries also carry more than 160,000 commuters across the River Mersey every year. Gary Evans, head of customer delivery at Mersey Ferries’ operator Merseytravel, said: “The ferries still have such a unique global appeal. “But they are so much more than a popular form of transport. They help drive millions into our regional economy, linking leisure with business in a really innovative way.


24 TravelGBI | June 2018


ersey Ferries is investing in range of themed and evening cruises this year, following the


The ferries have a unique global appeal


Mersey “When you talk about Liverpool


anywhere in the world, people will mention the Beatles, the football legacy of our great clubs and the Mersey Ferries.


� MUST-DO DESTINATION “All of these city’s assets combine to make us a must-do destination for international travellers and with that, comes a wealth of economic benefit for Liverpool and the wider north west. “But, as well as driving economic


returns from the international spenders, they’re also proudly championed by local people on both sides of the water. It is this that makes the Mersey Ferries so special.” A further 44 Manchester Ship Canal Cruises are operating during 2018 and are expected to carry thousands of passengers on a 35-mile journey along the Manchester Ship Canal between Liverpool and Salford Quays. Group bookings are now available


for the Manchester Ship Canal Cruises in 2019, with bookings for the Summer


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Evening Cruises in 2019 due to be released over the coming weeks. Mersey Ferries also operates visitor


attractions at the three ferry terminals. Spaceport at the Seacombe ferry


terminal is hosting the Sci-Fi Icons exhibition, showcasing Stars Wars memorabilia, while the Woodside terminal has Second World War heritage displays at The U-boat Story. merseyferries.co.uk


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