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Things To Do In Norfolk


Norfolk Cruise Passenger Visitor Information

  Photos Aerial View of Norfolk, Copyright

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 Point Park.

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 cruise discounts.

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 ocean’s surface.

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 artists.

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 own.

Cruises from Norfolk sail to many destinations including Bermuda, Bahamas and Florida.


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