According to recent figures, Scottish ports are on course to welcome a million cruise passengers annually years ahead of original expectations. 2018 has been a record season with 825 cruise ships bringing 794,577 passengers to destinations around the country.
Cruise Scotland Chair, Rob Mason, said: “It’s been another remarkable cruise season, with the trend in growth continuing – vessel arrivals were up 8.4% and passengers by 16.75% compared with 2017. Everyone involved in the success – directly through the ports and in the wide-reaching service sector – deserves a big vote of thanks for their support. We are committed to building on the achievements of the past decade by attracting more cruise ships and increasing the contributions to the Scottish economy.”
Based on current bookings, 912 vessels are heading for Scottish ports next year, an increase of 10.5% on 2018, with passenger numbers expected to be up 15.8% at more than 920,000.