Norwegian Cruise Line has no plans to launch ex-Liverpool itineraries any time soon despite the council’s decision to build a bigger cruise terminal in the city.

The Liverpool cruise terminal’s current limit for turnarounds is 1,200 passengers but if design plans are confirmed the port could handle vessels as large as P&O Cruises’ 3,600-passenger ships.

The new facility could open as early as 2020 if more detailed plans are approved later this year.

Despite the council’s decision, Nick Wilkinson said the city’s port authority and NCL had not discussed bringing its ships to Liverpool.

He said: “We are not in discussions with them because it is too early at this stage.

“One of things the team is doing is looking at how they can constantly refresh the itineraries. What does the customer want? So we are constantly looking at opportunities.”