Port Aberdeen (Scotland) to surpass this year's record-breaking cruise season in 2024

   October 23, 2023 ,   Cruise Industry

The Port of Aberdeen (Scotland) is celebrating the conclusion of a highly successful cruise season and is already on track to surpass these achievements in 2024.

Between May and October this year, Aberdeen Port welcomed a total of 43 cruise calls, attracting numerous guests from the UK and Europe to the region. This season was executed without any Health, Safety, and Environment (HSE) incidents and resulted in increased revenue for the port. As of now, 55 cruise calls are scheduled for 2024, with the possibility of further additions. Bookings are also being accepted as far ahead as 2026.

CFC Renaissance ship made two calls to South Harbour in 2023, and it holds the distinction of being the Port's longest vessel so far (LOA length 220 m/722 ft). Additionally, the German liners AIDAsol and AIDAdiva, each exceeding 250 m in LOA, are among the larger vessels to dock in Aberdeen South Harbour in 2024, bringing in thousands more tourists and crew to the city.

Local businesses in the city and the surrounding region have greatly benefited from the upsurge in cruise tourism this year, with each cruise call in Scotland resulting in an average passenger expenditure of GBP134.

The 'Welcome to Aberdeenshire' volunteering program by VisitAberdeenshire has played a crucial role in delivering a unique experience to cruise guests upon their arrival in the city. These volunteers play a significant role in educating and assisting guests in exploring the attractions and offerings of Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire.