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Liverpool and Southampton fight over cruises

For the second time this year, Liverpool and Southampton are fighting over which port city should handle cruise ship turnarounds. Such activities involve disembarkation and loading of cruise passengers, plus the loading of ship provisions.

Local newspapers have joined in with the argument and the Liverpool Daily Post is heading an online petition, which campaigns for the turnarounds to be handled by the Pier Head port. Southampton’s Daily Echo has also shown its disgust in the renewed appeal.

Southampton is a non-public funded port and feel it unfair that the new Pier Head terminal has been partly funded by EU Money. Earlier this year Southampton won their argument to handle the cruise ship turnarounds, keeping Liverpool as a day visit port.

Fred. Olsen Cruise Line have cancelled turnarounds at original cruise port Langton Dock of Liverpool, for sailings after mid 2011 due to safety issues. This is a frustrating fact for Liverpool and they are pushing for the Cruise ships to turn around in the new terminal of Pier Head port. Many locals hold an interest for cruising and are backing the appeal and with each turn around generating around £150,000, no wonder they are fighting so hard.