Grand opening of the renovated Cruise Terminal Rotterdam
Submitted by Rotterdam on JULY 14, 2015
Cruise Terminal Rotterdam came into use back in 1997. It is located at the Wilhelmina quay. From here, ships used to set off for the United States of America in the 1950s and 60s. Now Cruise Terminal Rotterdam is about to relive its glory years. To maintain course, and respond to the prosperous growth of the cruise industry, this building with its characteristic arches has had a serious makeover during a cooperation project between the municipality of Rotterdam and Port of Rotterdam.
In addition to aesthetic improvements, the most significant changes involved the steel wall frames, roof insulation, expanded indoor luggage space, new passenger bridge, self-smoothing screeds and additional luggage space at the quay with a terrace on top.
One major focus area has been the modernisation of the monumental façade. Activities were never discontinued during renovation. On cruise days, however, performing work was impossible as long as the ship was visiting, because then the construction site would be ‘property’ of customs.
Cruise Port Rotterdam is delighted with these efforts; 15 years ago, Cruise Port Rotterdam took off without having any cruise ships in the city of Rotterdam,, today it is a well-attended terminal. Serious progress is being made and owing to the initiatives of both the municipality and Port of Rotterdam, it is perfectly ready for a promising future. The major makeover also has positive impact on the One Stop Office, the shipping companies and the passengers.
In May 2015, the job was completed on budget. At the moment the final touches are being put, making sure Cruise Terminal Rotterdam is as prepared as it can be for the future.
On 8 July 2015, the mayor of the city of Rotterdam mr. A. Aboutaleb, reopened the Cruise Terminal Rotterdam.