Departing from the maritime city of Liverpool is the route to a friendly and efficient start to your holiday. Embarkation and disembarkation takes place in the same shared space and so for this reason, it is important that guests adhere closely to your allocated check-in time which can be found on your cruise ticket. Due to Border Force regulations, embarking guests arriving early are not permitted to enter the building until disembarkation and baggage reclaim is fully completed.
The Check-in facilities once open, take place within the Passenger Lounge which seats approximately 400 guests. Refreshments in the form of hot and cold drinks are available for purchase during embarkation from a small kiosk within the Passenger Lounge.
Once the ship is ready for boarding, the distance from the Passenger Lounge to the ships gangway is approx. 150m.
The Quayside is accessed via a Link-span bridge; the gradient of this bridge can be steep at low tide so a mini-bus is available for those guests with reduced mobility.
Boudicca/Black Watch is accessed from the quayside via a wheelchair accessible ramped gangway.
Travelling to Liverpool by Car
Arriving at the Cruise Terminal in Liverpool
If you are travelling by car to reach your departure port and are using a SatNav to direct you, please use the following postcode:
Liverpool Cruise Terminal: L3 1DL
Leave the M6 at Junction 21a, and take the M62 towards Liverpool. Follow the M62 to the end, keeping directly ahead for the A5080. Continue on this road until it merges into the A5047, following signs to Liverpool City Centre, Albert Dock and Central Tourist Attractions.
From A55 (North Wales)
Head west on the A55, then continue onto A494. Merge onto the A550, via the ramp to Birkenhead, stay on the A550 before continuing onto the A41. Bear left onto Tunnel Road, then right onto King's Square (Toll Road). Stay on the Mersey Tunnel/Queensway route and then turn onto the A5036.
Liverpool Cruise Terminal is not signposted from the city centre, but follow the brown signs on the arterial routes for Liverpool and/or Waterfront until you reach The Liver Building which is the ideal landmark for passengers to locate the cruise terminal which will be clearly identifiable with ‘Liverpool Cruise Terminal’ signage at this point.
Guests should be aware that the Liverpool Cruise Terminal is located within the secure port facility. Independent passengers arriving at the port should follow the yellow signs for Liverpool Cruise Terminal. Once at the Cruise Terminal drop off area, porters will take all large items of luggage for direct delivery to the vessel – please ensure that all large pieces of luggage are clearly identified with the labels provided with your tickets. The Cruise Terminal Passenger Lounge is next to the baggage drop off area. Once you have checked in, there is a walk to the vessel of approximately 150 metres from the vessel along a covered walkway. Parts of this walk can be steep depending on the state of the tide.
Car Parking for Liverpool Departures
Should you require car parking at your departure port, please contact:
Company: Cruise and Passenger Services
Price: From £9.50 per night.
Tel: 0345 071 3939
or visit: www.cruiseparking.co.uk
Pre booking is required.
Alternatively, you may wish to consider a pre or post cruise stay:
Travelling to Liverpool by Train
Liverpool Lime Street is Liverpool's mainline station, with trains connecting the city to Manchester, London, Scotland and the rest of the UK. Lime Street is approximately a 20 minute walk from the Cruise Terminal or approximately 5 minutes by taxi - see local taxi company details below. National Rail Enquiries (08457 484 950) can assist with specific train times.
If you wish to travel by rail within Merseyside you can via the Merseyrail underground network; please visit www.merseyrail.org for timetable and network information. The nearest Merseyrail station to the Cruise Terminal is James Street Station on the City Loop line; this is less than a 10 minute walk from the Cruise Terminal. Trains from James Street Station to Lime Street Station take four minutes.
Please note: There is no free porter service available at Lime Street Station.
For those wishing to book a taxi pick up:
Company: Computer Cab (Liverpool)
Tel No: 0151 298 2222
Other companies are also available.
Travelling to Liverpool by Air
Liverpool John Lennon Airport is the closest airport to Liverpool City Centre and there are many transport links available if you are intending to travel from the Cruise Terminal to the airport.
- Taxi – 20 mins
- Arriva bus services to and from the airport include the 80A which departs Liverpool One Bus Station every 20 minutes. The Bus station is 15min walk or 5min drive from the Cruise Terminal and travel time to the Airport is 54 minutes. Click here to view bus timetable.