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Commuter Services depart each weekday morning and evening and operate between 07:20 – 09:50am and 5pm - 6:50pm.

Cross-river Services sail from 10am-4pm Monday to Friday and 10am-5pm Saturday and Sunday, (until Sunday 16 May).

We are pleased to announce that we are planning for the return of our River Explorer Cruises from 10am on Monday 17 May. Tickets are now on sale. We’ve introduced timed tickets, so you’ll need to book online before you set sail. 

All services will sail from Pier Head and Woodside terminals, whilst Seacombe is closed for major refurbishment work.

Face coverings must be worn at all times on the ferry and in the terminals. Remember to keep a safe distance from other passengers and check in with the QR codes to comply with track and trace legislation. Find more information and prices on our Current Service Information page.

Gift Vouchers

Manchester Ship Canal Cruise Gift Vouchers

New cruise route for 2021 – sail to Latchford Locks and back!

If you're looking for a unique gift for someone special how about a Mersey Ferries gift voucher!

Our fascinating Manchester Ship Canal Cruises will set sail along a new cruise route in 2021. The round-trip cruise will sail from Liverpool and Wirral, travel along the captivating Manchester Ship Canal to the historic Latchford Locks and back, giving your loved ones the opportunity to experience a round-trip in the same day!

Passengers will travel under bridges mostly unchanged since they were built over 125 years ago and experience the rich legacy of Victorian architecture and engineering masterpieces like the Grade II listed Runcorn Rail Bridge and the Latchford High Level Bridge.

At Latchford Locks the ferry will turn and start the return journey back to Liverpool and Wirral. As passengers sail back along the canal, through Eastham Locks into the River Mersey, they will get a breath-taking view of the Mersey Estuary and Liverpool’s UNESCO World Heritage Waterfront in the distance. 

This six-hour day cruise is the perfect present for both history buffs and wildlife watchers alike, and is a truly memorable, special gift.

Gift vouchers are £46 per person and can be used on any 2021 sailing (the gift recipient can choose when to travel after receiving the voucher!) 

Important sailing information 

  • Cruises depart from Liverpool / Wirral 
  • The cruise lasts 5-6 hours
  • On board commentary along the way
  • Snacks and drinks are available to buy on board


Manchester Ship Canal Cruise Gift Vouchers
Royal Iris sailing under a bridge
Royal Iris passing a swing brige
Passengers taking photographs of the Manchester Ship Canal

2021 Manchester Ship Canal Cruises - Update

We will review the on sale date of 2021 Manchester Ship Canal Cruises from 21 June, which is in line with ‘Step 4’ in the government ‘Out of Lockdown’ roadmap. We remain hopeful that we will operate a number of cruises toward the end of the summer season and will continue to update as the situation evolves.

Customers with Manchester Ship Canal gift vouchers will be able to exchange the vouchers for a sailing in 2021. Vouchers do not need to be re-issued, please keep gift vouchers safe until the opportunity is available to exchange the vouchers for a future cruise. Gift vouchers are valid for use during the 2021 season and will be extended should Covid-19 related restrictions prevent use.

Our staff are currently working from home due to Covid-19 restrictions. Please allow 7 working days to receive gift vouchers by post. 

Please note you will not be able to make a booking or exchange a gift voucher until tickets go on sale; sign up for our newsletter to be the first to find out when the 2021 dates go on sale.

River Explorer Cruise Gift Vouchers

We also offer gift vouchers for our 50-minute sightseeing cruises. 

Our River Explorer Cruise is the perfect way to see the very best sights of Liverpool and Wirral from the water! All River Explorer Cruise gift vouchers include entrance to U-boat Story at Woodside ferry terminal too.

River Explorer Cruise vouchers are valid until 31 December 2021.

Please note: following government advice about the spread of Coronavirus, all River Explorer Cruises are cancelled until Monday 17 May 2021. 

River Explorer Cruise Gift Vouchers

Important Information 

Manchester Ship Canal Cruise gift vouchers are vaild until October 2021, you will not be able to make a booking or exchange a gift voucher until tickets go on sale. All spaces on Mersey Ferries cruises must be booked in advance. Please note that all cruises are subject to availability, so please book early to avoid disappointment. All Mersey Ferries vouchers are sent in a presentation wallet. Gift vouchers cannot be replaced, refunded or exchanged on the day. If you live outside the UK and wish to purchase gift vouchers, please call 0151 330 1003 and order by phone. An admin/postal charge of £1.50 will be applied for Europe and £2.25 for the rest of the world. The charge will apply to each order. Please note phone bookings for gift vouchers are currently suspended.