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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.

From Washington, D.C.: Mount Vernon Sightseeing River Cruise

3. From Washington, D.C.: Mount Vernon Sightseeing River Cruise

Experience a great American adventure on this boat trip to the home of George Washington, the first president of the United States. Enjoy a round-trip cruise from Washington, D.C. to Mount Vernon, including entrance to the estate of George and Martha Washington. Start your tour with a fully narrated cruise down the Potomac River to Mount Vernon. Tour the gardens and grounds of this national historical landmark and learn the history of one of the country's most important leaders. Spend 3 full hours at the estate viewing the gardens, strolling the many trails, visiting the farm, and stopping by the many restaurants and shops, on a tour that allows you to travel back in history to the time of colonial America.

National Harbor: Potomac River Self-Drive Guided Boat Tour

4. National Harbor: Potomac River Self-Drive Guided Boat Tour

Admire Maryland and Virginia’s historic sites from a unique perspective on a two-person catamaran boat, also known as a Craigcat, journeying down the Potomac River. You will be guided down the Potomac River by a guide in their own boat and will guide you by radio. Your journey will see you navigating down the river at speeds of up to 25-miles per hour. Meet at the boat pier at National Harbor, be fitted with a life jacket, and complete a 20-minute training session to receive your 10-day boat license waiver before taking the journey down the river. Travel down the Potomac River and stop at different points-of-interest including, National Harbor, Jones Point Lighthouse, Mount Vernon, Fort Washington, and Little Hunting Creek. The Potomac River is home to a mixture of wildlife, so along the way, you might see Bald Eagles, Osprey, and different types of fish.

Old Town Alexandria: DC Monument River Cruise to Georgetown

5. Old Town Alexandria: DC Monument River Cruise to Georgetown

Avoid the traffic and see Washington, D.C., from the Potomac River. Once you arrive at the Old Town Alexandria Waterfront, simply hop on to the boat, sit back, and relax on this 45-minute cruise to Georgetown, one of the district's most historic and fashionable neighborhoods. Make the most of your day and choose either a one-way cruise and return to Old Town Alexandria on your own, or choose a convenient round-trip cruise with 2 hours to explore Georgetown. In either case, you will be able to visit Georgetown's historic streets and alleyways, quaint cafes, and high-end boutiques, making the most of your trip to Washington, D.C.

Georgetown: DC Monuments River Cruise to Old Town Alexandria

6. Georgetown: DC Monuments River Cruise to Old Town Alexandria

Avoid the traffic and see Washington, D.C., from the Potomac River. Once you arrive at the Georgetown Waterfront, simply hop on to the boat, sit back, and relax on this 45-minute ride as you witness the district's historic landmarks and monuments. Before you know it, you'll arrive in Old Town Alexandria, a historic town full of quaint cafes, restaurants, and shops. As you relax on your cruise, listen to an informative narrated story about Washington, D.C.'s history and many iconic sights, all the while cruising past top attractions including the Lincoln Memorial, Jefferson Memorial, Washington Monument, and many more. Marvel at the architectural details of the various landmarks on an afternoon cruise, or see them lit up at night. Make the most of your day: either choose a one-way water taxi cruise and return to Georgetown on your own, or choose a convenient round-trip water taxi cruise while still having time to explore Old Town Alexandria. In either case, you will be able to visit Old Town's historic streets and alleyways, quaint cafes, and high-end boutiques, making the most of your trip to Washington, D.C.

Old Town Alexandria: Mount Vernon Sightseeing River Cruise

7. Old Town Alexandria: Mount Vernon Sightseeing River Cruise

Experience a great American adventure on this boat trip to the home of George Washington, the first president of the United States. Enjoy a round-trip cruise from Alexandria to Mount Vernon, including entrance to the Mount Vernon estate. Start your tour with a fully narrated cruise down the Potomac River to Mount Vernon (1.5 hours one way). Tour the gardens and grounds of this national historic landmark and learn the history of one of the country's most important leaders. Spend approximately 3 hours at the estate viewing the gardens, strolling the many trails, visiting the farm, and stopping by the many restaurants and shops, on a tour that allows you to travel back in history to the time of colonial America.

Norfolk: Elizabeth River Sunday Buffet Brunch Cruise

8. 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

Richmond: Downtown & Capitol Square Tour & Scavenger Hunt

9. Richmond: Downtown & Capitol Square Tour & Scavenger Hunt

Follow the clues on a self-guided walking tour of Richmond. Combine a scavenger hunt app and local trivia through the Downtown and Capitol Square neighborhoods. Play a cat-and-mouse game of question-and-answer and learn the stories of local landmarks and secret spots. Start the game near Capitol Square to receive the first question or task. Head towards the site where the answer awaits. Look around and find the solution nearby. When you’ve answered correctly or finished the challenge, receive the next clue.  Continue to work through the game until everything is completed or until you decide to stop. If you end up stuck on a question, the game provides clues to help. 

Richmond: Phantoms of Franklin Walking Ghost Tour

10. Richmond: Phantoms of Franklin Walking Ghost Tour

Hear haunting tales of generations past on a walking ghost tour of Richmond's Franklin Street and its surrounding areas. Marvel at the turn-of-the-century architecture of the gilded age that is still reflected in many of the buildings throughout the neighborhood. Start your tour with a stop outside the Jefferson Hotel. Richmond's landmark, the luxury hotel has played host to celebration and tragedy alike for over 125 years, and many who checked in here seem to have never quite checked out. Moving through the neighborhood, witness the landmarks and homes that set this neighborhood apart from so many others. See why so many spirits have decided to call this neighborhood home after their time on earth has come to a close, including famous authors and entrepreneurs from past generations. As the tour draws to a close, ask your guide any questions you may have and venture onward into the neighborhood to take advantage of the many bars and restaurants that call the city home today.

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Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 35 reviews

The cruise was very nice. It was my first time on the Spirit of Norfolk. The staff was very friendly which you was enter the ship. Once on board, they show my party of seven to our table. Then peg host Showann came to our table and took very good care of everyone. The food and drinks was amazing. All of the staff on the ship made sure you was comfortable. This music was nice and the atmosphere was great. I will be returning soon.

The boat ride on the Potomac River was very scenic. I get motion sick, so I sat on the top outdoor deck. The speakers were not working, so I heard none of the narration. One suggestion would be the time of the mansion tour should be on the email.

This was a great family day trip. The boat ride was relaxing and there was a drink/snack/bar menu available to purchase for snacks/light fare. The grounds at Mount Vernon are well kept-beautiful views and staff are knowledgeable and informative.

Food was great, the atmosphere was exciting! Overall great experience, would recommend this excursion!

Great experience! We enjoyed the museum, house tour, and the beautiful grounds.