Aberdeen is preparing to be positioned as world-class cruise ship travel destination. The city’s brand new deepwater harbour is expected to attract luxury ships with up to 5,000 guests and crew onboard.
Talks are currently underway to insure the port city is ready to receive the predicted influx of visitors with work ongoing to create high quality attractions for a discerning and moneyed group of travelers.
Heritage, beautiful natural environment, golf and whisky are due to draw guests into the city and surrounding area. However, the ability to transport such volume of tourists away from new South Harbour, due to open 2020, is considered to be among the “biggest logistical challenges” to the city of Aberdeen increasing its share in the fast growing cruise sector of Scotland which is already worth an estimated GBP 76 million per year.
Aberdeen already boasts a small cruise sector and was due to receive 27 small cruise vessels during 2017. Some exclusive voyages around Scotland and Britain call at the city, which is also on some popular Scandinavian cruise routes. The new Aberdeen harbour will allow passengers to disembark directly at the quayside rather than being ferried to land.