Aberdeen welcomed more than 2,200 cruise passengers during 2017, and more are expected to arrive this year.
The Granite City was visited by 25 vessels over the course of last year with bookings for the harbour now already standing at 26 for 2018.
Aberdeen Harbour Board chief executive Colin Parker said there was a positive outlook for the sector.
According to Mr Parker, work has been progressing well on the north breakwater, which forms part of the £350 million expansion at Nigg Bay.
He said: “The cruise industry has also been playing a greater role, not only at Aberdeen’s harbour, but in the wider economy.
“In 2017, 25 vessels carried 2,250 cruise passengers to the North-east of Scotland through the port, with our first vessel arriving on May 2 and the last on September 4.”
He added: “Vessels that visited included the luxury sailing ship Sea Cloud II, Corinthian, Hebridean Sky, Variety Voyager, Serenissima and the Ortelius.”
“We have already received 26 bookings for cruise ships, and, as the Harbour Expansion Project continues, the future for a growing cruise industry in the North-east looks positive.”
The expansion at Nigg Bay is set to be opened in 2020 with the aim of attracting more cruises into the area.
VisitAberdeenshire has been arranging workshops to help identify opportunities so that the region can be ready when the extended harbour opens.
Mr Parker added that his organisation was looking forward to continuing the positive developments next year.
He said: “2017 proved to be an incredibly important year for Aberdeen Harbour Board. After seven years of planning and public engagement, we switched our focus from feasibility study to preparation for construction.
“Work commenced in April, and since then our main contractor, Dragados UK, has built approximately 200m of north breakwater.”