The Carnival Magic began sailing from Norfolk to the Bahamas on Sunday.
The Half Moone Cruise Center in Norfolk, Virginia, welcomed the Carnival Magic to its port on Sunday. Its arrival marked the return of cruise operations at the port after being shut down for two-plus years.
Nauticus executive director Stephen E. Kirklan said, “We are especially excited to welcome Carnival Magic to Norfolk. This is the largest cruise ship to embark passengers in our history and marks the return of our long-time partners at Carnival.”
Carnival President Christine Duffy said, “Norfolk is a key seasonal homeport for us, and we are excited to have Carnival Magic based in Norfolk for our guests to enjoy and to support the local economy. I want to thank the City of Norfolk for its ongoing commitment to Carnival and the enhancements it made to the beautiful Half Moone Cruise Center so that we could bring the larger Carnival Magic here for our restart.”
This first cruise of the season departing from Norfolk today, a six-day sailing to The Bahamas, with stops in Nassau, Half Moon Cay, and Freeport. In total, 11 voyages with various itineraries will depart from Norfolk this summer and fall, visiting destinations in Bermuda, The Bahamas, Puerto Rico, Turks and Caicos, and the U.S. Virgin Islands.