If I were Gary McClarnan I would turn my back on the City of Liverpool and take my ship to Manchester to people who appear to be more appreciative. Why ? Because quite frankly I don`t believe Liverpool deserves the PRIVILEGE of playing host to PLANET. This complete farce has been going on for so long now and viable solutions are still being blocked by certain bodies or people who appear to me to be no more than `high flying idiots`. I can remember the days when Salthouse and Canning docks were crammed with coasters much larger than The `PLANET. I`m not sure about The Albert Dock but I have a feeling that if these idiots who say Planet is too big for the dock did some research, they might well find that in past years the dock did perhaps berth vessels as big as PLANET or even bigger. I am open to correction on this of course if necessary. In any event, the people of this city have had ample time to make known their views on this matter, and I get the strong impression that the majority are `not bothered` either way.
That Liverpool, once one of the greatest maritime City`s of the world can turn it`s back upon the opportunity to host such an iconic and historic LIVERPOOL vessel is certainly beyond me. I think I would now feel quite embarrassed to face [a generous] Gary McClarnan and say to him I am a Liverpudlian !
An ex member of The Lightship Preservation Society. [which was actually disbanded as a result of this ongoing farce].
As I have indicated on another thread I no longer live on Merseyside but have an affection for" Planet " having hung on the rails of the Isle of man steamers in bad weather (not the greatest of sailors) waitng to see the BAR light and Know the end was in sight.
I think this whole Saga is an absolute disgrace along with the similar Royal Iris fiasco .These 2 Iconic ships BELONG on Merseyside. I was staggered to see the Royal Iris in a shabby state, unloved in a corner of Cardiff docks about 20yrs ago
i couldn't believe she wasn't somehow a tourist attraction on the Mersey.
WORDS fail me , well almost.
Is it just me?
Looking at the pictures of cruise ships in Liverpool, I'd sooner row a dinghy than sail on any of them. They are basically barges with blocks of flats on top. Considering the beauty of the cruise ships of old, I think these are an abomination. Profitable, and economically important to the ports they visit, but still an abomination. Sorry.
One trouble I see is that every port you visit just gets overwhelmed by the volume of arrivals - Liverpool might be big enough to escape this effect though, unlike the smaller Carribean and Alaska stops.
Great pic's there,Corky!
Sorry - just a ghetto for passengers. Probably the height of luxury inside and very nice to sail on. Just doesn't appeal from the outside.
You express my sentiments exactly Kev , regarding modern cruise liners , I wouldn't cross a wet street on one of them . Ron
Cracker pics everybody.
Keeping it real!
LIVERPOOL OLD POSTCARDS AND PHOTOS HERE http://s197.photobucket.com/albums/a...To%20Download/
Fantastic pics everyone!
Sent from the back of Michael Caine's Mini Cooper S, holding on for dear life......
Good stuff GD.
Anyone sitting at home can get a slow updating pic of it leaving on the mobile cam here
Queen Mary 2 at Liverpool 05 by CorkyWirral, on Flickr
Queen Mary 2 at Liverpool 06 by CorkyWirral, on Flickr
Queen Mary 2 at Liverpool 13 by CorkyWirral, on Flickr
Queen Mary 2 at Liverpool 03 by CorkyWirral, on Flickr
Queen Mary 2 at Liverpool 02 by CorkyWirral, on Flickr
Queen Mary 2 at Liverpool 04 by CorkyWirral, on Flickr
Great pic's Joe,and Corky! Watched the fireworks going off(just the higher one's!) from my bedroom window!
The great pics - but oh those ships. The design is based upon creating nearly all cabins with outside balconies, so the owners can charge premium prices. That's why they've got that tenement look about them and the fast racy lines of cruise ships in the past are now history.