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Posted on Feb 7, 2018

Jump aboard the Manchester Ship Canal Cruise for 2018!

Jump aboard the Manchester Ship Canal Cruise for 2018!

If you love boats, cities and history, the Manchester Ship Canal Cruise is the tour for you! And we’re happy to announce that tickets are now for 2018 are now on sale…

2017 was an incredibly successful year for the cruises, which saw many trips sell out weeks in advance and so book early so you don’t miss out this year! 100 years of history are covered on the six-hour cruise, which travels through the heart of the North West on the famous inland waterway.

6-hour cruise

More than 16,000 people boarded a Manchester Ship Canal cruise last year and sailing for 2018 starts in April, running straight through to October. Cruises depart from Salford and Liverpool each month. Tickets are now on sale and these cruises offer a completely unique day out. The journey will take you along the canal, through locks and under bridges, largely unchanged, since they were built over 100 years ago. The six-hour cruise takes in stunning scenery leaving a sense of how the canal’s construction shaped the city of Manchester and the North West of England.

Manchester Ship Canal Cruise - boat

Customer Champions…

Chris Isherwood, a Mersey Ferries Customer Champion on-board the cruise, said: “The cruises deservedly have a great reputation for providing a memorable and interesting day out. They’re one of the most iconic attractions in the North West and often sell out quickly, especially during spring and summer months – we imagine this will be the case in 2018, with Liverpool celebrating the 10-year anniversary of Capital of Culture and the ferry offering one of the best views – whether in Liverpool or Manchester.”

The crew spends time getting to know the passengers on each cruise and meet people from all over the world. The captivating live commentary tells the story of the canal and how it was built, bringing the journey to life as you travel through time, whilst enjoying the panoramic views on this interesting cruise along the Mersey Estuary. A licensed bar and servery are available on board, selling refreshments and snacks throughout the cruise.

Book early!

Manchester Ship Canal Cruise - boat

Tickets are £42 per person and can be booked online or over the phone on 0151 330 1003. The cruises all include return transport by coach back to the original starting point. Upcoming cruise dates are as follows:

Departing from Seacombe / Liverpool:

​Friday 20th April
​Tuesday 1st May
​Saturday 5th May
​Wednesday 16th May
​Friday 18th May
​Friday 1st June
​Thursday 14th June
​Thursday 28th June
​Monday 2nd July
​Saturday 14th July
​Monday 16th July
​Sunday 29th July
​Wednesday 1st August
​Saturday 11th August
​Tuesday 14th August
​Monday 27th August
​Saturday 1st September
​Friday 14th September
​Thursday 27th September
​Saturday 29th September
​Friday 12th October
​Sunday 14th October

Departing from Salford:

Saturday 21st April
Wednesday 2nd May
Sunday 6th May
Thursday 17th May
Saturday 19th May
Saturday 2nd June (no stopover)
Friday 15th June
Tuesday 3rd July
Sunday 15th July
Tuesday 17th July
Monday 30th July
​Thursday 2nd August
​Sunday 12th August
​Wednesday 15th August
​Tuesday 28th August
​Sunday 2nd September
​Saturday 15th September
​Friday 28th September
​Sunday 30th September
​Saturday 13th October
​Monday 15th October

For more information on Mersey Ferries’ full programme of activities, including the River Explorer Cruises and the ‘Sci-Fi Icons’ exhibition at Spaceport, visit, call the ticket office on 0151 330 1003 or visit any one of Mersey Ferry terminals.

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