The city of Liverpool is to host a spectacular welcome fit for a Prince and Princess, as Disney Cruise Line’s Disney Magic makes its very first British Isles itinerary.
The 84,000 GT ship will make its maiden call to Liverpool on Friday 27 May, during the final portion of its 14-night transatlantic voyage from Port Canaveral, Florida to Dover, England. The ship will be arriving in the early hours of the morning and departing at 6:15 p.m. with the ship sounding her iconic Disney anthem horn.
The main celebrations will take place on her second visit to Liverpool on Sunday 12 June when the Pier Head will come alive with music and colour in a free event for all the family.
The ship is set to arrive in Liverpool at 8am, and with entertainment beginning at midday until 6pm. There will be an outdoor cinema which throughout the day will show popular Disney movies, including Frozen, Finding Nemo and Mary Poppins.
A bandstand in front of the Cunard Building will play host to live music throughout the day with the Royal Marines Bands playing a Disney medley, in addition to performances by opera singer Danielle Thomas and Liverpool’s Ukulele Orchestra.
“It’s a massive coup to welcome this vessel to the city, particularly as it’s her first trip to the British Isles and Liverpool is just one of two destinations in England she will sail in to,” said Assistant Mayor and cabinet member for culture, tourism and events, Councillor Wendy Simon. “We couldn’t let the opportunity pass to mark the occasion in some way, and to have a family friendly event on the Pier Head seems like the perfect thing to do. It also gives us the chance to show the 2,700 passengers just why Liverpool has the reputation for staging fantastic free, outdoor events.”
Following an afternoon of fun, a fireworks display will coincide with Disney Magic’s departure at 10.15 p.m., where the ship will continue with its 12-night round-Britain sailing, which include visits to Newcastle, England; Invergordon, Scotland; Greenock, Scotland; and Guernsey, Channel Islands.