28th July 2016

Sea Cloud II Birthday Celebrations

Aberdeen helps celebrate birthday of luxury cruise yacht.

Aberdeen’s burgeoning cruise industry had an extra reason to celebrate today recently with the arrival of the Sea Cloud II which celebrated its 15th birthday whilst berthed in the granite city.

Much to the delight of the 62 crew and 96 passengers, Aberdeen Harbour Board staff met the vessel with a traditional Scots piper and a specially designed birthday cake when it docked at around 9am.

Aberdeen Harbour chief executive, Colin Parker said: “Sea Cloud II is a magnificent ship and we are extremely happy to be able to help Captain Christian Pfenninger, his crew and his passengers, celebrate this milestone, as well as welcome them to Aberdeen.

“She is one of 25 cruise ship calls to visit Aberdeen Harbour this year – marking an almost 100% increase on 2015.  This demonstrates just how the cruise industry has become increasingly important to Aberdeen City, Shire and Harbour in recent years, a trend we hope to see continue into the future.”

Having left Travemunde in Germany earlier in the week, the vessel then visited Copenhagen, Christiansund, Stavanger, Bergen, Shetland and Orkney, before arriving in Aberdeen, and the vessel was to head to Edinburgh to end its current trip.

A luxury wind-jammer cruise vessel, the ship has several decks; a sun deck; a lido deck (which includes bar, lounge, owner suites and library); a promenade deck (with reception area, restaurant, boutique, and the junior suites); and a cabin deck which also houses a fitness room and sauna.

While in the area, passengers visited local attractions including Crathes Castle and Glen Garioch Distillery as well as enjoying a tour of the City itself.

Last year 13 cruise ships visited Aberdeen Harbour, an increase from just eight in 2014