We recently wrote about the things you can see and do in Norfolk, Virginia before leaving on a cruise. However, it may not be clear why you’d ever be in Norfolk, Virginia to take a cruise in the first place, especially considering that Carnival, the only cruise line to operate out of the Port of Norfolk in recent years, hasn’t been sailing from there recently. As it turns out, Carnival will in fact be operating out of Norfolk again soon, starting in May 2015, although the cruise line will only sail a single ship, the Carnival Splendor, from the port a handful of times per year. Nevertheless, this is big news in the cruise industry world, so below we’ve compiled all the relevant details about Carnival’s return to Norfolk, Virginia, including when and to where the Carnival Splendor will sail starting in 2015.
Although Carnival has previously offered cruises from Norfolk, they used a different cruise ship, the Carnival Glory, a vessel built in 2003 that holds 2,974 passengers. The Carnival Splendor holds virtually the same amount of people (3,006 passengers), but was built a few years later, in 2008. If you are into spas, the Carnival Splendor is your ship, as it has the largest spa on the 24 ships in the Carnival fleet.
As mentioned above, Carnival will be operating out of Norfolk in a fairly limited capacity. It will only be in the port in May and October, as the Splendor will also be sailing out of New York and Miami in 2015, which are obviously much larger cruise ports. (Miami is the busiest cruise port in the world, as a matter of fact.) Below is a breakdown of all the cruises out of Norfolk.
Carnival Cruises from Norfolk, Virginia in May 2015:
May 11: Five-day cruise to the Bahamas
May 16: Two-day cruise to nowhere
May 18: Five-day cruise to the Bahamas
Carnival Cruises from Norfolk, Virginia in October 2015:
October 12: Five-day cruise to the Bahamas
October 17: Six-day cruise to the Bahamas
October 23: Seven-day cruise to Bermuda
If you are interested booking one of these cruises, you can visit Carnival’s official Norfolk page to search through the cruise line’s offerings. You might also book through a third-party deal site, but it’s often worth checking out the official site first to get a basic idea of what the prices will be. And if you do sail out of Norfolk, be sure to follow our guide covering the things to see and do in Norfolk, Virginia before leaving on a cruise.