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Giant ocean liner Queen Mary 2 sails up the Mersey

Photo: Liverpool Echo

The largest ocean liner ever built, the Queen Mary 2, has arrived in Liverpool where it'll be moored on the waterfront until 8 o'clock tonight.

Almost a million people saw her last time she was in the city to celebrate the 175th birthday of owner, Cunard.

Today's visit is considered the high-water mark of Liverpool's cruise season.

This year will see 86 ships carrying 165,000 passengers and crew members arrive in Liverpool.

Credit: Liverpool Echo

The season is expected to boost the local economy by £12m, with Liverpool City Council in the final stages of planning for a brand new Cruise Terminal, which will be able to take the next generation of super cruise liners. Liverpool’s record-breaking cruise season will reach a high-water mark next week when the city welcomes the iconic Queen Mary 2 to the Mersey.

The 149,000-tonne QM2 will be on view whilst moored in front the city’s World Heritage waterfront.

The QM2 was last seen in its spiritual home in 2015 when 800,000 people came to see her and her sister ships Queen Victoria and Queen Elizabeth for Cunard’s 175th anniversary celebrations.

Credit: Liverpool Echo

"Given our historic ties with the city, we are delighted to return to Liverpool, the spiritual home of Cunard.

"As with this special voyage, when the opportunity arises, we're always keen to tailor our itineraries to meet local desire for local departures, especially on the iconic Transatlantic route sailing to New York.”

– Angus Struthers, Vice President Sales & Marketing at Cunard