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This great city on the west coast of England, north of Wales and south of England's Lake Country has one of England's best cruise facilities. This "birthplace of passenger shipping" was the historic home of Cunard and the White Star Line (Titanic). And yeah (yeah, yeah), there were The Beatles.
The River Mersey's historic port makes a grand first impression on cruise passengers, its cruise pier lined with majestic buildings old and new, the city's thriving center just beyond. The tourist-friendly waterfront can deliver a full day's activities, from museum-going and shopping to a large Ferris wheel (though just half the height of the famous London Eye). The city loves to welcome cruise ships; 100,000 greeted the Disney Magic's first visit, and similar is hinted at for 2017. Liverpool's Mersey Beat helped define the 1960s British Invasion (well, that's what Americans call it). Though The Beatles are an inescapable part of any visit to Liverpool, we'd pick Gerry and the Pacemakers' "Ferry Cross the Mersey" as soundtrack for any cruise call.
This excellent harbor at the mouth of the River Mersey was founded in 1207 by King John, but its value wasn't fully realized until the nearby Roman port of Chester on the River Dee silted up. The city's fortunes rose on brisk trade with the Americas and continued with the Industrial Revolution (and its proximity to England's industrial North), becoming an economic powerhouse that sometimes eclipsed London for wealth. The busy port's impressive Custom House was often the top contributor to the English treasury. Liverpool has many "firsts" in the field of civic improvements including mass transit, hospitals, cultural institutions, and education. It became known as "the New York of Europe" thanks to those factors plus the ethnic and religious diversity of its many immigrants. The city's strategic importance made it second only to London as a German bombing target during World War II.
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