All-suite cruise shop docks makes port visit to Norfolk

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NORFOLK, Va. – The luxury liner Seven Seas Mariner made a 15 hour port visit to Norfolk Friday morning.

The ship docked at Half Moone Cruise and Celebration Center at Nauticus for a port call visit at 8 a.m. The Seven Seas Mariner is the first all-suite, all-balcony cruise ship in the world.

There are 640 passengers and 445 crewmembers on the vessel, which is scheduled to depart at 11 p.m.

The vessel is arriving from Hamilton, Bermuda.

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.”

Nauticus will welcome nearly 50,000 cruise passengers and more than 13,000 crew members in 2016.

“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.”

The next cruise ship, the MS Regatta, will make a port call on Tuesday, April 19.