San Diego recently opened its brand new cruise ship terminal, with the Holland America Rotterdam pulling in after a 30-day voyage as the port's first vessel, according to The Associated Press.
While the watercraft originally departed from an older terminal next door to cruise the French Polynesian and Hawaiian islands, the 1,400-passenger Rotterdam rolled in and hushed critics who thought the new port to be inadequate for such a large ship.
The brand new San Diego terminal cost $28 million and boasts 52,000 square-feet, and although it was opposed by locals and environmentalists, things are going well.
"This feels so much cleaner and newer," 78-year-old Apple Valley resident John Hanson told the news source. "Everything worked like it's supposed to. It flowed very smoothly."
Carolyn Spencer Brown of CruiseCritic told the news provider that the older terminal was a "crumbling, cement wreck."
"Frankly, it was just sort of depressing," she said.
The new San Diego terminal was in order because the former port was unable to accommodate larger ships with more than 3,000 passengers, according to the news source.
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