24th September 2019

Record number of passengers in 2019 cruise season

More than 3,700 cruise passengers came through Aberdeen Harbour during this year’s cruise season.

A total of 28 cruise ships arrived in Aberdeen between May and September, including the MV Hondius on its maiden voyage.

The expedition vessel is the world’s first registered Polar Class 6 cruise vessel and has been designed to meet the conditions in the polar regions with ease.  The 107-meter-long vessel can accommodate up to 174 passengers and 72 crew.

The final cruise ship of the season was the Star Breeze which carried 220 cyclists on a cycling tour of Scotland.

John McGuigan, Operations Manager of Aberdeen Harbour Board and Vice-Chair of Cruise Scotland, said: “We are always delighted to welcome our cruise passengers to Aberdeen and are thrilled to see even more enjoying the tourist sites on offer around the North East of Scotland.

“Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire’s cruise industry has come a long way since 2013, when a mere dozen vessel calls took place.  A considerable amount of work has been done over the years to make the city and shire an attractive choice for cruise passengers, and I would like to thank all those involved in this year’s cruise operations for their hard work.”