Aberdeen is a port city in Scotland, located on North Sea and between the rivers Dee and Don. The city has population around 230,000, ranking it the UK's 37th most populous.
- City's nicknames include "Grey City", "Granite City", "Silver City with the Golden Sands". During the mid-18th-mid-20th centuries, city buildings incorporated locally quarried grey granite, that can sparkle like silver due to its high mica content. Other nicknames have been "the Energy Capital of the World" and "the Oil Capital of the World", since the discovery of North Sea oil during the 1970s.
- Aberdeen is both the capital of Scottish oil boom and an university center. In addition, it is one of the largest seaside resorts in Scotland. Its main tourist attractions include 15th-century St Machar's Cathedral, Mercat Cross of 1686, 14th-century Brig o' Balgownie (Scotland's oldest bridge) and the Winter Garden (Europe's largest indoor garden).
- Old Aberdeen is the city's students quarter, home to campuses of two 15th century universities - King's College (est 1495) and Marischal College (est 1500), now combined in the University of Aberdeen.
- The city is perfect as base for touring the nearby castles Crathes, Dunnotar, Slains, as well as the whiskey distilleries Glenlivet, Glenfiddich, Speyside Cooperage. Other popular sites include the Royal Family's summer residence Balmoral Castle, and the Braemar Castle, which hosts Highland's largest games every September.
Aberdeen Harbour (on Dee River's estuary) has continually been improved. It started out as a fishing port and is currently a major departure port for goods shipped from UK to Scandinavia (Baltic Sea in general). Major exports include granite, chemicals and fertiliser.
The port is usually visited on Around Britain cruise itineraries, as well as on some Scandinavian (Baltic Sea) cruise itineraries.
- The port's cruising season is early May through early September.
- In 2017, the cruise port handled a total of 25 ship calls.
- In 2018 were continued the works on the harbour's north breakwater as part of the GBP 350 million port expansion project at Nigg Bay (scheduled for completion in 2020).
Highlights: Cathedral, University, Balmoral & Royal Deeside, Castles
Aberdeen cruise terminal
In 2017, Port Aberdeen started building a new deepwater harbour to attract larger-sized cruise liners (with max capacity 5000 passengers and crew). The new facility is scheduled for completion in 2020.
Currently, Aberdeen is a tender cruise port and handles annually around 30 smaller-sized vessels. After the vessel anchors, its passengers are transported ashore via the ship's tender boats. The new / deeper harbor will allow direct (quayside) disembarkation.
Port Aberdeen cruise ship schedule shows timetable calendars of all arrival and departure dates by month. The port's schedule lists all ships (in links) with cruises going to or leaving from Aberdeen, Scotland. To see the full itineraries (ports of call dates and arrival / departure times) and their lowest rates – just follow the corresponding ship-link.
|Day||Ship||Arrival||Departure||Next Port of Call|
|29 May, 2018|
|Silver Cloud||06:00||21:00||At Sea|
|31 May, 2018|
|MS Serenissima||Kirkwall, Orkney Island, Scotland|
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