Photographer's Note

My previous posting of cruise ship Queen Mary 2 could in principle be taken anywhere so I decided to post one now with the name of the port of call prominently displayed ;-). The QM2 is connected to the Cruise Terminal. Café Rotterdam, its name prominently displayed is integrated in this terminal. Amongst other things this Café serves a mean espresso ;-)
It’s 06:00 the ship has just arrived, and preparations are being made for the start of the logistical operations. It will leave again at 17.00. An espresso visit of 11 hours during which most of the 2600 passengers will visit the city or take an excursion. A motorcade of 35 busses is waiting to take them aboard to go to Delft, Kinderdijk, Amsterdam and other run of the mill tourist sites. ;-)

The Cruise Termal is the former terminal of the HAL (Holland Amerika Line) which until the end of the seventies operated a scheduled passenger service between Rotterdam and New York . The HAL mainly operates cruise ships now and was recently taken over by Carnival Cruises.
The creation of the cruise terminal was an integral of the Kop van Zuid redevelopment scheme. And is in operation for 5 years now.

A little further down the pier is hotel New York – this was the former head office of the HAL.
On the left of this pic is a part of the World Port Center, designed by sir Norman Foster. Shrouded in fog between the QM2 and the terminal is an apartment building , located at the ‘Katendrechte Hoofd'

The Kop van Zuid is a massive urban restructuring project in progress which is well underway modernizing the old harbour area on the South bank of the Maas.

Pic stats: Focal length 90 mm, F 3.2, shutter 1/450, 100 ASA.
PS-E2 tech: skewed, cropped, cloned out some undesirable element, levels & contrast adjusted, saturation (master, yellows, reds, blues) boosted, USM-ed, frame added and saved for the web

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Additional Photos by Bert Hoetmer (bertolucci) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1928 W: 122 N: 4345] (14052)
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