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29th August, 2014

Liverpool, England

There was a wave of excitement in the air as we docked at the City of Liverpool Cruise Terminal this morning. The waterfront is dominated by the ‘Three Graces’: the Royal Liver Building with its famous Liver birds, the Cunard Building and the Port of Liverpool building. Despite the rain, passengers were keen to venture ashore and explore this vibrant and exciting city.

The tours on offer today were ‘Iconic Liverpool Panorama’ which was an extensive panoramic tour of the city, ‘Chester and Port Sunlight’ which took passengers across the Mersey to the walled city of Chester and the model village of Port Sunlight, and the final tour was the ‘Cathedrals of Liverpool’. I was lucky enough to escort on the Cathedrals tour and we visited the Catholic Cathedral first which is nicknamed ‘Paddy’s Wigwam’. It was completed in 1967 and was certainly a very impressive structure. But what I loved most, was what was inside. The artwork and creativity within the cathedral was fascinating and although we spent 1 hour and a half looking round it, for me this was not long enough as there was so much to see. We also visited the Anglican Cathedral which was not fully completed until 1978. This red sandstone Gothic revival structure is built on an overwhelming scale and is Britain’s largest Anglican Cathedral and is the seventh largest church building in the World. It certainly was a fascinating tour and well worth a visit.

We sailed from Liverpool at 2:00pm and passengers spent the afternoon on board recovering from a busy spell of ports over the last few days. This afternoon The Marylebone Trio performed a classical concert in the Drawing Room which was very well attended. Also our Tall Ship’s Expert Amanda Butcher presented a talk in the Britannia Lounge about the building of the tall ship Tenacious.

We will now sail towards the South of England heading towards our next port of call, Falmouth.

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