Where do I park?
The Waterside Garage is the most convenient parking. It is connected to the Waterside Marketplace via a pedestrian bridge. The entrance to the garage is on Atlantic Street. For more parking info go to www.norfolk.gov/parking
Is there food available on board?
We have a ship store and full bar on board offering snacks and beverages for sale. Individuals may bring food and drink on board – Alcohol and coolers may not be brought on board. Picking up something at Waterside or bringing a picnic basket is fine. Groups cannot bring their own catering on board.
Do you really sail?
We are a true sailing ship and try to sail as much as possible. If the wind is not favorable we do have auxiliary power so that we can still take you on a tour.
Are reservations required?
Reservations are not required but are strongly encouraged. Our public cruise schedule is open 30 days in advance. Private events over ride public cruises so it is possible a cruise would not be available if you just show up.
What time should we arrive?
We recommend arriving 30 minutes before cruise time.
What types of payment do you accept?
We accept Cash, Visa, MasterCard and Travelers Checks.
Is the ship wheelchair accessible?
Our top deck is accessible for non-electric wheelchairs.
Is there an enclosed area on board?
The below deck area is enclosed and climate controlled. Most of the top deck is shaded?
Are their restrooms on board?
We have two nice heads below deck.
Is there anywhere to sit?
We have ample comfortable seating on board.
Where do you go?
We depart from Waterside and head north on the Elizabeth River out into Hampton Roads Harbor. Some of the highlights of the cruise include Old Fort Norfolk, Norfolk Southern Coal Piers, Portsmouth Marine Terminal, BAE and Metro Shipyards, Portsmouth Naval Hospital, Downtown Norfolk and Portsmouth, NOAA Headquarters, and the Battleship Wisconsin. We usually see tugboats, yachts, navy ships and giant cargo ships. The captain does a tour as we sail out.
Will I get seasick?
The waters we sail on are very smooth, even on windy days. Unless you are extremely susceptible to motion sickness you should not have any problems.
Are there life jackets on board?
Yes. We possess all the required safety equipment and are inspected annually for safety by the Coast Guard.
Can I take pictures?
Yes – you are welcome to.
What should I wear?
Anything you like – keep in mind it can get a little cooler out on the water – especially at night.