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A History of Hospitality

Thomas Jefferson arrived in Norfolk on November 23, 1789, after a two-month passage across the Atlantic. Before returning to his home in Charlottesville, Jefferson stayed in Norfolk visiting friends and enjoying the city’s hospitality. More than two hundred years later, cruisers are rediscovering this historic seaport. Whether you opt for a pre/post package through your travel agent or just want to come a few days early, Norfolk will roll out the red carpet.

Within walking distance of your cruise ship, you can explore Nauticus and discover the Battleship Wisconsin. Spend a night or two in one of our area hotels and the following day in neighboring Colonial Williamsburg.

Bringing the kids along? How about a trip to nearby Virginia Beach or a day at Busch Gardens? Visit the Chrysler Museum of Art and see why the New York Times calls Norfolk a “cultural center of note”. The list goes on and on…

For more information on pre/post packages or for help planning your trip to Norfolk, please call Visit Norfolk at 1-757-664-6620.

Walk-able Attractions

Norfolk has so many attractions just steps away from the Decker Half Moone Center! Here are just a few fun things that you can do within walking distance of your ship.

Drive-able Attractions

Grab a bike at one of Norfolk’s many Pace locations or catch a ride to any of these great day-trip attractions.

The Decker Half Moone Center
welcomes back Carnival Cruises in 2022!

Questions or comments? Email us at Timothy.Fjestad@norfolk.gov.

Due to inclement weather, Nauticus and the Battleship Wisconsin will be closed Friday, January 21, Saturday, January 22 and Sunday, January 23, 2022.

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We apologize for any inconvenience.