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As national Cruise Week begins, the normally sedate seaborne sector of the travel industry is getting rough.
Liverpool enjoyed a day of pomp and ceremony last Thursday when Cunard's Queen Elizabeth made its maiden call, an event celebrated with a rousing service in Liverpool Cathedral.
Southampton’s status as one of the world’s key cruise ports has been underlined by news the last of the industry’s Big Three is to start major operations here next year.
Civic chiefs in Southampton have slammed a bid by Liverpool to seize a chunk of the UK cruise industry as an “abuse of state aid.”
UK regional airline, Eastern Airways, is introducing its first scheduled flights from Liverpool John Lennon Airport with services to Aberdeen and Southampton.