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Making the Most of Liverpool, England

Making the Most of Liverpool, England


GETTING THERE

Your ship docks at Liverpool Cruise Terminal, on the River Mersey in the heart of central Liverpool. On July 14, 2017 the Disney Magic will be the only ship in port. All Ashore is 8:15 am, All Aboard is 6:30 pm. Liverpool's Three Graces (Cunard, Royal Liver, and Port of Liverpool buildings), the Museum of Liverpool, and a memorial to the Titanic's engine room crew are right on the pier. Albert Dock is next door, known for its shopping, dining, and museums, including The Beatles Story, Tate Liverpool,  and the Merseyside Maritime Museum. A free shuttle for cruisers stops at Albert Dock/Liverpool ONE, the Great Charlotte Street shopping district, and Liverpool Cathedral. Taxis will be waiting outside the terminal. Most major car rental agencies are nearby, with Sixt and Enterprise closest.

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ACTIVITIES

Though there's plenty to see and do along Liverpool's waterfront (see above), and the city is quite attractive, the rest of downtown is not exactly overflowing with sights. You can stroll several blocks inland on your own to explore the pubs of the Cavern District, or take the pub tour (LP35). There's also shopping at nearby Liverpool One https://www.liverpool-one.com. A Panoramic Tour (LP01, LP11) will show you the city's cathedrals, and fans will want to go In the Steps of The Beatles (LP02, LP03, LP25, LP31) or visit Liverpool's football club (LP09). However, even at £9/£5 ages 5-15, we find City Explorer's hop on hop off bus tour less than compelling http://cityexplorerliverpool.co.uk (stops at the pier, pay the driver). Brits may feel comfortable renting a car and heading off to Chester, Manchester, Wales, or the Lake District, but we recommend organized excursions for everyone else. If you do choose to head out of town, the excursions will be all-day affairs and you'll spend from 2.5 to 5 hours on the bus. Chester (LP05) is closest, with its impressive cathedral and Medieval city center ringed by Roman walls; a rewarding, economical way to spend the day. Travel a bit farther to the southwest to visit Wales. The two active excursions on offer take you to Zip World  (https://www.zipworld.co.uk). We're not sure we'd travel that distance just to ride a trio of monster zip lines (North Wales - Zip Line Titan LP26), especially as the high price does not include lunch. North Wales - Underground Playground (LP27) is more novel, taking you inside a slate mine (no, not the Cavern Club) to climb, bounce, and slide on a suspended network of nets. We'd rather the more sedate North Wales and Conwy Castle (LP06, LP32), which does include lunch. The truly hungry might pop the $360 for Bodnant Welsh Food (LP07), which is just outside of Conwy. Two tours head north to the beautiful Lake District. Both include a boat ride on Lake Windermere and bring you to Bowness. Since it's the 150th birthday of Beatrix Potter (and adult Disney fans shouldn't be shy about such things), the Beatrix Potter experience (LP12) is especially apt, even without youngsters in tow. However, Lake District Explorer with Train and Lake Steamer (LP08) would likely appeal to Walt Disney himself, lover of steam trains that he was. Tip: PassPorter's own Cheryl Pendry grew up near Chester, so her "take" on the cruise line's Liverpool excursions is especially worth reading: http://www.passporter.com/articles/dcl-port-liverpool-england.html

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SAFETY

No extraordinary safety precautions are required for Liverpool. Follow normal urban tourist-area practices—be alert to your surroundings (especially in jostling crowds), hold bags and parcels securely, and dress for the weather.

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