City leaders work to lure cruise ship business back to Norfolk

City leaders work to lure cruise ship business back to Norfolk

Credit: Karen Hopkins, 13News Now

The Carnival Glory docked at Half Moone Cruise and Celebration Center Friday morning.

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by Karen Hopkins, 13News Now

WVEC.com

Posted on October 18, 2013 at 12:17 PM

NORFOLK -- It's a site you won't see much longer - a cruise ship docked in Norfolk.

The Carnival Glory docked at Half Moone Cruise and Celebration Center Friday morning.

According to City spokeswoman Lori Crouch, the vessel is scheduled to be back on Oct. 20, 25 and 30.  In November, there are two large stopover ship calls.  

After that, not one ship will call Norfolk home, and city leaders must work to lure the cruise ship business back to town.

The city is currently searching for a new director of the Half Moone Cruise Terminal after the director resigned last month.

Taxpayers invested $37 million to build the cruise center.

Crouch says rentals at Half Moone are going well. 

"Keep in mind, Half Moone, Nauticus and Wisconsin make up The Maritime Campus.  One location to have a variety of experiences – all which enhance Norfolk’s waterfront," Crouch said. 

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