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Ship canal cruise trips in demand
Ship canal cruise
The six-hour journey includes a full commentary
Cruises along the Manchester Ship Canal are more popular than ever, with a rise in passenger numbers of more than 20% in the past year.

The cruise ships make six-hour trips between Liverpool's Pier Head and Salford Quays, providing commentary on the history of the 35-mile waterway.

Operator Mersey Ferries said more than 15,200 passengers had taken the 32 cruises so far in 2006.

The firm said it plans to provide more cruises in the future.

Cllr Mark Dowd, Chair of Merseytravel, said: "The cruises are one of the jewels in the Mersey Ferries' crown and to reach 15,000 passengers is a major milestone.

"The demand we've had for the cruises this year has been excellent and it just keeps growing."

The Mersey Ferries have had multi-million pound refits and are equipped with a bar and food area.

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