Photos Aerial View of Norfolk,
With a population of 1.5 Million people the city of
Norfolk, is still able to provide the feel of a small town. Home to the
largest Naval base in the world, Norfolk has over 400 years of history
being a major seaport.
Sitting at the convergence of several rivers and the
Chesapeake Bay, the water plays a significant role in the city’s
attractions and nightlife. During the winter visitor’s attention turns
toward the museums, the arts and holiday events. During the summer the
attention is focused on the water, harbor and the newly revitalized Town
For those planning a pre or post cruise stay, there
are over 1200 hotel rooms available within distance from the Half Moone
Cruise Terminal – The major cruise terminal in Norfolk. There are
fantastic things to do on shore including visiting the MacArthur Center –
an outlet mall – with over 120 stores within walking distance from the
cruise terminal; nightlife; restaurants; entertainment and more. There
are “Park and Cruise” discounts available as well as several pre and post
Local attractions include the Nauticus, a maritime
and science museum, which appeals to ocean explorers as well as
seafarers with exhibits about life under the sea and ships that skim the
Berthed adjacent to the museum is the USS Wisconsin.
The USS Wisconsin is the largest battleship built by the US Navy. Another
interesting fast about the ship is it was also the last batteleship built
by the navy.
The Freemansion District is the historic section of
Norfolk and feature cobblestone streets, the Hunterhouse Victorian Museum
and a large number of art museums featuring the works of many local
Explore the Cannonball Trail and experience firsthand
the historic churches, buildings and homes, theatres and memorials.
The Victory Rover offers 2 Hour narrated naval base
cruises daily from Nauticus, home of the Battleship Wisconsin. Our
professional captains provide a fascinating and entertaining commentary as
we cruise the smooth waters of the Elizabeth River and Hampton Roads
Harbor. Thrill to the sight of Aircraft Carriers, Nuclear Submarines,
Guided Missile Cruisers, and all of the other ships that form the World's
most powerful Armada. On board, guests will enjoy plenty of comfortable
seating, clean restrooms, air-conditioned enclosed deck, open air upper
deck, snack bar and souvenir shop.
You can also take the paddlewheel Elizabeth River
Ferry which connect Norfolk to Portsmouth. Across the river you can tour
the historic center of Portsmouth.
Back to Norfolk, one can dine in any of the may
eateries around Granby Street. After dinner you can take in a show at the
Chrysler Hall, Harrison Opera House or the wells theatre.
The Chrysler Museum of Art has been acknowledged by
the New York Times as one of the best ways to spend a day – and features
European and American artwork, paintings and sculptures.
The Ghent neighborhood is a mix of shops, restaurants
and residences, provides many specialty shops including those specializing
in holiday related gifts. Some shops also feature antiques and
collectibles from around the world.
There are two hour customized Segway Tours Available
as well as bikes available to rent if you would like to explore on your
Cruises from Norfolk sail to many destinations
including Bermuda, Bahamas and Florida.
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Information on Norfolk and what there is to do.