No Ships Will Sail from Norfolk Cruise Port in 2018

February 14, 2017
Norfolk city skyline and Elizabeth River, Virginia, USA

(9:28 a.m. EST) -- The Half Moone Cruise & Celebration Center cruise terminal in Norfolk, Virginia, will not serve as a port of embarkation during the 2018 cruise season.

Carnival Sunshine, the only ship homeporting from Norfolk in 2016 and 2017, will redeploy to Charleston this fall and Port Canaveral in Orlando next year.

"We did not schedule any cruises out of Norfolk in 2018," Jennifer De La Cruz, vice president of corporate communications for Carnival Cruise Line, told Cruise Critic. "Typically whichever ship operates the NYC summer program will do a few cruises out of Norfolk on the way up to [New York] from Florida in the spring and then on the way back in the fall."

Carnival Horizon, which debuts in spring 2018, will cruise from New York next summer, an itinerary typically slated for Sunshine.

"That's not to say we won't sail from Norfolk in subsequent years," De La Cruz said. "We just weren't able to work it into the deployment for 2018."

According to the Cruise Norfolk website, the last Carnival Sunshine sailing from the port is a five-day Bahamas cruise scheduled to depart October 20, 2017.

--By Brittany Chrusciel, Associate Editor