"I can confirm that Carnival Cruise Lines is returning to Norfolk in 2015 to operate a series of cruises in the spring and fall," Carnival spokesman Vance Gulliksen said in a statement. "Specific ship, date and itinerary information is still being finalized and more specific details are expected to be announced this spring. We would like to thank the port, and local and state leadership, for their continued partnership and we greatly look forward to returning to Norfolk next year."
Norfolk officials say the line will run between 12 and 15 cruises from Half Moone Cruise and Celebration Center, according to The Virginian-Pilot.
The announcement comes some six months after Carnival said it would move Carnival Glory from its seasonal Norfolk homeport to Miami. It made the move in November, citing an expected increase in fuel costs associated with new environmental rules that will go into effect in January 2015. Around the same time, it said it would not position a ship in Boston, also because of the emission regulations. Carnival said Monday night it still doesn't have any cruises scheduled from Boston.
"More specific details on the ship, number of cruises, etc. should be available in the spring," Gulliksen said of the Norfolk announcement, adding Carnival periodically makes adjustments to itineraries.
--By Colleen McDaniel, Managing Editor