Passenger transport executive Merseytravel has reported record figures for the number of people enjoying cruises along the Manchester Ship Canal using Mersey Ferries.
Merseytravel said the number of passengers taking the cruise has consistently risen over the last two years, with over 22,500 taking the cruise so far this season, over 1,000 more than during 2009.
The cruise travels along 35 miles of the Manchester Ship Canal and offers a commentary along the way, which tells the story of how the waterway shaped the city of Manchester and the North West.
The journey passes through locks and bridges that have remained largely unchanged since their construction over 100 years ago and features architectural and natural sights.
Neil Scales, chief executive and director general of Merseytravel, said: "As part of the Mersey Ferry operation we are very pleased with the growth in passenger numbers taking the Manchester Ship Canal Cruises which are proving to be a valuable addition to our tourism offer."
Merseytravel said on most cruises there is an additional opportunity to enjoy over a two hour stopover before returning to your original departure point by bus.
When travelling from Liverpool, the stopover offers the chance to visit The Lowry or the Imperial War Museum, or maybe go shopping at the Lowry Outlet Mall in Salford Quays.
Visitors making the trip from Manchester can visit the U-boat Story at Seacombe, with its German World War II submarine U534, see Liverpool's central attractions or head for the Beatles Story at the Albert dock.
Merseytravel added that there is still some availability on a further three cruises in the 2010 season, departing from Seacombe/Liverpool to Salford Quays on Saturday 25 September and from Salford Quays to Liverpool on Friday 24 September and Sunday 26 September.
Merseytravel said ticket prices cost the following prices:
- Cruise tickets, including coach transfer, costs: £36 for adults. £34 if aged 60 years and over or children
- Cruise, including U-boat Story tickets, costs: £40 for adults. £38 if aged 60 years and over or children
- Cruise gift vouchers cost: £36 and are exchangeable for any available sailing
Merseytravel is the operating name of the Merseyside Integrated Transport Authority and Executive.
Merseytravel owns and operates the famous Mersey Ferries and associated tourism attractions.