Norfolk is a waterfront city and the best way to see it is on one of the Norfolk day cruises. Choose from dinner cruises, sailing ships, a paddlewheel ferry or a Naval Base cruise.
The four Norfolk harbor cruises are: Spirit of Norfolk, American Rover, Victory Rover, and the Elizabeth River Ferry.
Spirit of Norfolk
The Spirit of Norfolk offers dinner cruises year round from downtown. Step aboard the Spirit of Norfolk and come alive for an afternoon or evening of all out fun on the Elizabeth River. You will dine, dance and enjoy entertainment performed by talented staff. All while being dazzled by the skyline of sights and views of the Navy's Atlantic Fleet.
Sail the smooth waters of the Hampton Roads harbor on a real tall-ship. The American Rover sets sail from the Waterside in downtown Norfolk. Lend a hand with the sails or just relax and enjoy the sights. The American Rover's design was inspired by 19th century schooners, but it has all the modern amenities. Three cruises per day, including a sunset cruise. April through October.
The Victory Rover makes 2-hour narrated cruises past Naval Station Norfolk. It departs from Nauticus on the downtown waterfront. Enjoy an entertaining commentary along the way. See aircraft carriers and all of the other ships that form the world's most powerful fleet. Air-conditioned enclosed deck, open-air upper deck, and snack bar. Reservations are available. Bring a camera and binoculars.
Elizabeth River Ferry
Don't have the time or money for a full-blown Norfolk harbor cruise? Hop on the Elizabeth River Ferry for a quick trip to Portsmouth! The paddlewheel ferry is fast, cheap and offers a panoramic harbor view. Fare is $1.75 one-way.
For more options, see cruises from Virginia Beach. They are day cruises out of the city right next to Norfolk.