* Mamma Mia, We’ve Set Sail Again
You might remember that last summer me and Ste set sail on the Mersey Ferries summer evening cruise.
We had such a wonderful evening taking in the sights of the Liverpool & Wirral coastline. So, when the opportunity came up to try out another evening on board this year I couldn’t wait.
This year on board the Summer Cruises are theme nights, and ours was ABBA. Other shows have been The Rocky Horror Show, 50s/60s Night, George Michael and The Beatles. They’re a brilliant way to see the Merseyside coastline, and sample Liverpool’s party spirit in a really unique way.
All Aboard The Party Boat
You board the boat from the Pier Head Ferry Terminal, and if you’re on a theme night the party starts in the queue. Seeing as our night was with ABBA, there were Hen Parties galore, as well as people celebrating special birthdays.
There were some amazing costumes heading aboard. Plenty of blonde wigs, sequins and flares. Me & Mum decided not to do fancy dress, but we still dressed up.
I donned my flared jumpsuit & big earrings, and Mum opted for colourful flared trousers to fit the 70s mood.
On the nights for The Beatles and Rocky Horror Show I bet there are some fabulous outfits too. The Rocky Horror Show boat I would love to see.
What’s On Board?
Before we grabbed our seat we headed to the bar. You can get wines, spirits, beer, soft drinks & hot drinks on board. There is a great variety, so we went for some Wine Spritzers, a G&T and a beer – not all at once I will add.
You can also pick up some nibbles. If you’re quick there are a selection of sandwiches. As well as crisps, cookies, muffins and other light snacks.
We took our loot up on to the top deck and sat out in the evening sun and watched the skyline of Liverpool drift behind us. The views are amazing from on the water.
Time to be a Dancing Queen
No matter where you sit on board you can hear the music. Whether it be from the live band or the interim CD music.
The band play in the inside area on the top deck, between the 2 outside seating areas. There is plenty of dance space and seating inside. This was essential as the dance floor was never empty thanks to the ABBA Queens.
You can even take in the music and scenery at once. The sound system is great outside and you can hear it all just as well as inside.
We did a mix of both, in and out. If we were in we were dancing. If we were out, we were spotting the sights of Liverpool and the Wirral.
Along the Wirral coast we sang Money Money Money whilst pointing out Fort Perch Rock in New Brighton. And who knew Voulez Vous was the perfect song to sail past Antony Gormley’s “Another Place” on Crosby Beach.
Thank you for the Music (and evening)
My Mum couldn’t get over how far out you sail to, and how much of the coastline you get to see. Between looking at the sights and dancing to the music your 2 hours on board the Mersey Ferry goes so quickly.
I must say that after having experienced the relaxing cruise of last year, to this years theme night, I do LOVE the atmosphere on the theme night.
There’s a great mix of people on board, lots being from out of town. They get to see such a wonderful part of the city, which us locals should be really proud of.
The girls performing all ABBA’s big hitters were fantastic. None stop energy, and even sang longer than expected – right up until people started to get off back in Liverpool. We didn’t want the party to end.
The theme nights run each Summer, and this will certainly be a regular thing for me to book on to.
If you’re planning a Hen Party, special celebration or Big Birthday, keep the Mersey Ferries link in your favourites and watch out for dates listed. It’s a unique and fun experience all in one, and a night to remember.
Is this something you’d love to do? Have you ever been on one before?
*The tickets to this event were gifted by Mersey Ferries. All views and photographs are my own, and honest.