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World’s First All-Balcony, All-Suite Cruise Ship Ushers in Busy Season at Nauticus

Luxury Liner Seven Seas Mariner will make a 15-hour port visit to Norfolk

NORFOLK, Va. – Nauticus will welcome its first cruise ship of the 2016 season on Friday, April 15.  Regent Seven Seas Cruises’ Seven Seas Mariner will dock at the Half Moone Cruise and Celebration Center for a port call visit at 8 a.m.  The vessel is the first all-suite, all-balcony cruise ship in the world and boasts a staff to guest ratio of 1 to 1.6.  On Friday, 640 passengers and 445 crewmembers will have an extended port visit in Norfolk – the vessel is scheduled to depart at 11 p.m.  The Seven Seas Mariner is arriving from Hamilton, Bermuda. 

Eleven motor coaches and three walking tours are scheduled – guests will enjoy Colonial Williamsburg and Jamestown, along with a “Taste of Norfolk” excursion, a Norfolk Highlight tour, and a local tall ship sailing adventure. 

“We’re proud to offer a wide range of shore excursions from Norfolk,” said Anne Phillips, president of Phillips Destination Management Company.  “Cruise lines really appreciate the unique options we are able to offer for their passengers—from historic tours of the Williamsburg area, to arts and cultural experiences in Norfolk to active adventures in Virginia Beach.”  

In recent years, Nauticus has focused on growing this important port-of-call cruise ship activity.  “With port visits, passengers have an extended period of time to enjoy the area,” said Stephen E. Kirkland, Nauticus executive director.  “Norfolk is becoming really well known in the cruise industry as a walkable city with amazing regional history and culture.”

Nauticus will welcome nearly 50,000 cruise passengers and more than 13,000 crew members in 2016.  Norfolk’s next cruise vessel arrives next week – the MS Regatta will make a port call on Tuesday, April 19.

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NEWS RELEASE
Release date:  April 14, 2016
Contact: Beth Bilderback (757) 664-1017
Beth.Bilderback@norfolk.gov