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Spirit of Norfolk Buffet Dinner Cruise

1. Spirit of Norfolk Buffet Dinner Cruise

Let us show you how your evening will unfold: Welcome Aboard - You’re in for a special evening the moment you are escorted to your candlelit table. Order drinks, then feel free to explore the ship while our crew casts off for three fabulous hours on the Elizabeth River. Your waiter will invite you to the attended Grande Dinner Buffet. Everything is freshly prepared. Take as little or as much as you like. Savor your culinary selections over perfectly-paced dinner music and a never-ending view of Norfolk’s breathtaking skyline. See the cruises route and relax over coffee and dessert.   Listen to relaxing background music, providing the backdrop for your dinner experience. Stroll under the stars as you take your drinks topside and relax on the largest outdoor patio deck in the city.  Sample Dinner Menu: Salads Caesar Salad Romain Lettuce | Aged Reggiano Parmesan Cheese | Herb Croutons Bow Tie Pasta Salad Scallions | English Cucumbers | Roma Tomatoes | Dill & Mustard Vinaigrette Vegetables, Potatoes & Pasta Roasted Broccoli Florets Toasted Garlic | Chili Flakes Creamed Corn & Cheddar Cheese Casserole Green Chilies | Scallions | Fresh Cilantro Baked Ziti Pasta Aged Reggiano Parmesan Cheese | Mozzarella | Cheese Spinach Sauce Mashed Potatoes Idaho Potatoes | Roasted Garlic Entrées Oven Baked Flounder Filet Tomato, Shallot & Caper Sauce Honey & Sesame Chicken Scallions | Fresno Chilies Italian Beef Meatballs Creamy Mushroom Sauce | Italian Parsley Braised Beef Short Ribs Baby Carrots | Cabernet Sauvignon Sauce Spirit Seasonal Dessert Display *Menu subject to change. Please inform your server if anyone in your party has a food allergy.

Spirit of Norfolk Buffet Lunch Cruise

2. Spirit of Norfolk Buffet Lunch Cruise

You are in for a special day on a Spirit of Norfolk Lunch Cruise. Dine and delight in breathtaking views of the Norfolk skyline bathed in sunshine and the United States Navy’s Atlantic Fleet of Ships. Your 2-hour cruise begins as a Shipmate escorts you to your candlelit table. Order drinks, then feel free to explore the ship as the crew cast off on the Elizabeth River. The Shipmates invite you to an attended grand lunch buffet, freshly prepared on-board. Take as much or as little as you like and savor your selections as the sights of Norfolk glide by. After lunch, take your drinks topside and relax on the best outdoor patio deck in the city.  After you have relaxed over coffee and dessert, take a refreshing stroll around the ship's decks and listen to relaxing background music as you take in everything Norfolk has to offer.  Create unforgettable memories on a Spirit of Norfolk Lunch Cruise. SAMPLE MENU Salads Caesar Salad Romain Lettuce | Aged Reggiano Parmesan Cheese | Herb Croutons Bow Tie Pasta Salad Scallions | English Cucumbers | Roma Tomatoes | Dill & Mustard Vinaigrette Vegetables, Potatoes & Pasta Roasted Broccoli Florets Toasted Garlic | Chili Flakes Creamed Corn & Cheddar Cheese Casserole Green Chilies | Scallions | Fresh Cilantro Baked Ziti Pasta Aged Reggiano Parmesan Cheese | Mozzarella | Cheese Spinach Sauce Mashed Potatoes Idaho Potatoes | Roasted Garlic Entrées Oven Baked Flounder Filet Tomato, Shallot & Caper Sauce Honey & Sesame Chicken Scallions | Fresno Chilies Italian Beef Meatballs Creamy Mushroom Sauce | Italian Parsley Spirit Seasonal Dessert Display *Menu subject to change. Please inform your server if anyone in your party has a food allergy.

Norfolk: Elizabeth River Sunday Buffet Brunch Cruise

3. Norfolk: Elizabeth River Sunday Buffet Brunch Cruise

Sit back and relax on a buffet brunch cruise along the Elizabeth River as you dine and delight in views of the Norfolk skyline and the surrounding area. It's a great way to spend a Sunday and gain a new perspective of the city. Make your pick from the brunch buffet with freshly prepared breakfast, lunch, dessert dishes, and unlimited mimosas. Take as much or as little as you like and savor your selections as the sights of Norfolk glide by. After brunch, relax on one of the best outdoor patio decks in the city. Take a refreshing stroll around the ship's decks and listen to onboard entertainment with a live DJ. Sample menu Breakfast pastriesScrambled eggsBreakfast meatsBreakfast potatoes Field green saladKale quinoa saladGreen goddess pasta saladHoney sesame chickenOven-roasted flounderRoot vegetable fricasseeRoasted broccoli Signature dessert station

Norfolk: Combo Attraction Pass & Discount Card

4. Norfolk: Combo Attraction Pass & Discount Card

Experience the best of Norfolk, Virginia with the Passport to Fun. With these specially-issued passes, you can explore Norfolk's Battleship Wisconsin, known as the world’s largest and last battleship. Marvel at maritime science and history at the Nauticus Museum, uncovering the power of the sea. Step inside the Hampton Roads Naval Museum and discover the history of the United States Navy in Coastal Virginia.  Go wild at the Virginia Zoo and see tigers, lions, and bears. Explore and learn about different habitats and the way that animals live in the wild. Then end your adventure outdoors experiencing 150 acres with over 20 themed gardens at Norfolk Botanical Garden. Don’t miss out on great discounts for harbor cruises, food tours, shopping, attractions and much more such as discounts.

Norfolk: Best of Norfolk Guided E-Bike Tour

5. Norfolk: Best of Norfolk Guided E-Bike Tour

Experience the ultimate tour of Norfolk, Virginia on an electric bike. Your friendly guide will lead you downtown along the Elizabeth River Trail, effortlessly winding through Norfolk’s waterfront bike paths and parks. With minimal effort, this tour enables you to hit all the “must see” sights of Norfolk. This electric bike tour takes 2.5 hours and is the perfect way to get up close with Norfolk’s fascinating history. You'll see the city’s best architectural gems and take in the scenery from carefully-chosen viewpoints. You’ll also hear the stories behind Norfolk’s most charming historic sites.  The electric bikes help you safely navigate Norfolk’s riverside terrain, city streets, and picturesque neighborhoods. At the end, your expert local guide will share insider recommendations to help you make the most of your time in Norfolk.

Norfolk: Electric Bike Rental

6. Norfolk: Electric Bike Rental

Explore downtown Norfolk with this conveniently-located electric bike rental. Get directions to go on a self-guided tour of the downtown area and uncover the city's history and culture at your own pace.  Have the option to choose between a full-day e-bike rental option or a 3-hour e-bike rental option. Pickup your well-maintained and high-quality bike and get fitted with a helmet. After getting recommendations from the staff, start on your cycling adventure.  See more in less time on a bike. Travel along the Elizabeth River Trail or take in the city’s best architectural gems. Make your way to picturesque neighborhoods and viewpoints. Ride through the NEON Arts District. 

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What people are saying about Norfolk

Overall rating

4.4 / 5

based on 92 reviews

It was so fun getting to explore downtown Norfolk on an E-Bike. I recommend mapping your ride out beforehand even if you're staying on the Elizabeth trail. It's not always clear how to stay on it so it can be tricky. We loved the whole experience from beginning to end. The E-Bike made it easier to enjoy being out in the sun without exerting a lot of effort and working up a sweat so it was perfect.

The food was delicious and stayed out until about 30 minutes before the trip was over. However, people were able to request desserts that hadn’t been put away yet! The staff was amazing! Our server found us up on the observation deck just to bring my husband another drink!

Enjoyed from the beginning to the ending The wait time for drinks was too long;; with large parties they should put a water pitcher on the table, that way customers can pour their own

I had a wonderful time, it was a good experience, food, drinks, and music was excellent!!!

I enjoyed walking through the ship It was a nice experience