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Nauticus Cruise Season Accelerates With Back-To-Back Ship Calls

Inaugural call of the Norwegian Gem set for Sunday; Norwegian Getaway returns on Monday

Norfolk, Va. (April 8, 2022) — More than 5,000 cruise ship passengers are planning their Norfolk arrival over the coming days as Nauticus welcomes its first back-to-back cruise calls since the COVID-19 pandemic began. On Sunday, the 2,400-passenger Norwegian Gem makes its maiden call to Norfolk. The vessel is scheduled to arrive at 10 a.m. and depart at 7 p.m. On Monday, the Norwegian Getaway returns with its longest port visit so far, arriving at 11:30 a.m. and departing at 6 p.m.

“It’s a very active few days for us and our season is only beginning,” said Nauticus executive director, Stephen E. Kirkland. “This spring is our busiest ever, with weekly ship traffic and Carnival’s return in May.”

The Norwegian Gem and the Norwegian Getaway are both part of Norwegian Cruise Line’s fleet. Norwegian Cruise Line is the world’s third-largest cruise company and will call on Norfolk 25 times throughout 2022, marking the largest port-of-call commitment ever for Norfolk.

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Located on the Nauticus campus, the Peter G. Decker, Jr. Half Moone Center is Virginia’s only cruise terminal. Nauticus Foundation is the nonprofit, 501©3 that supports the mission and activities of Nauticus. Nauticus’ mission is to benefit the community through education, impactful experiences, and sharing access to maritime resources. For more information, visit