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Norfolk Dinner Cruise - Fridays - January to April & October to November

Norfolk Dinner Cruises

Norfolk Dinner Cruises

Enjoy a sumptuous buffet, dance under the stars, take in live entertainment and non-stop action on our celebrated 3-hour dinner/dance cruise along the magnificent Norfolk waterfront. These rates are for Fridays.

Feel right at home as you cruise in climate-controlled comfort. You'll dine on a wonderful buffet as you gaze at an endless stream of city sights. Listen to talented entertainers dazzle you with song. Then dance away your cares as our DJ spins an upbeat medley of hits. Unlike a restaurant or banquet hall, the Spirit brings the Norfolk skyline to you in all its ever-changing glory.

Entertainment:

Day or night, the cruise ship is alive with entertainment. Enjoy a "Solid Gold" musical revue featuring the region's most talented up-and-coming performers. Then get in the good vibrations as the DJ picks up the beat for non-stop dancing. While you relax and have fun, every window displays an endless stream of city sights. There's even a live narration during our lunch cruises. Whether you want to dance in the moonlight or gaze in wonder at the city's historic waterfront - including a close-up look at the mighty ships of the Navy's Atlantic Fleet - you'll find a different experience every minute.

Sightseeing on the Dinner Cruise:

Your cruise departs from The Waterside in Downtown Norfolk. Your excursion covers the Elizabeth River waterfront with spectacular views of the city's downtown and the mighty ships of the Navy's Atlantic Fleet. No trip to Norfolk is complete without a view from the deck of our festive ship. And while you?re enjoying all the highlights, you can dine, dance and have a great time, too.

1. Waterside
A festival marketplace featuring unique shops, live entertainment, indoor restaurants and outdoors cafes.

2. Nauticus
The National Maritime Center lets visitors esperience maritime wonders with hands-on exhibits, movies, ship simulations and more.

3. Portsmouth Naval Hospital
America's oldest naval hospital; Robert E. Lee was briefly held prisioner under its porch after the Civil War.

4. Old Fort Norfolk
Built under orders of George Washington in 1794, the fort was used during the war of 1812 to help defend the city against the British; it is now home of the Army Corp of Engineers.

5. Norfolk Southern Coal Terminal
Home of the world's largest Coal Pier, this terminal can load up to 8,000 tons of coal per hour.

6. Portsmouth Marine Terminal
Cargo Company that features giant Passaco cranes and over 100 acres of berthing facilities.

7. Norfolk Naval Base
Established in 1917, it is the world's largest naval base and home port for the Atlantic Fleet with over 125 ships including aircraft carriers and nuclear submarines.

Food Service

The only thing more irresistible than the view is our menu, which offers you a satisfying array of choices and flavors. Whether helping yourself to our lunchtime or dinner buffets, our attentive servers cater to your every request so you can relax and enjoy the entertainment and sights.

Our host will invite you to a buffet of popular favorites featuring several entrees, vegetables, salads and accompaniments. You'll finish off with your choice of dessert. Cocktail service is available throughout the cruise at your table or from one of our bars. Beverage cost and beverage service gratuity are NOT included in the price of the cruise.

Dinner Cruise Menu
(subject to change)

SALAD
~Gardener Salad - California Baby Lettuce, Feta Cheese, Olives, Grape Tomatoes and Shredded Carrots topped with a Champagne Vinaigrette and served Family Style

CARVING STATION
~Roasted Rosemary Beef - Slow Roasted Beef hand carved to order and served with a rich Demi-Glace and Chilled Horseradish Cream
~Hand-Carved Cob Smoked Ham - Lean Ham slow-cured over roasted corn cobs for a distinctively rich, smoky flavor, enhanced with Caramelized Apples and a tangy Honey-Mustard Sauce

ENTREES
~Captain?s Stuffed Chicken - Boneless Breast of Chicken stuffed with Dutch Pennsylvania Breading served with a exquisite morel sauce
~Stuffed Sole - Fillet of Sole stuffed with Crabmeat in a White Wine Infusion
~Three Cheese Primo Pasta - Rotini Pasta drenched in a delicate Boursin Cheese Sauce and blended with Parmesan and Monterey Jack, then covered with Japanese Breadcrumbs and baked to a creamy, crunchy perfection
~Traditional Jambalaya with New Orleans Style Rice - Sautéed Shrimp, Smoked Andouille Sausage, Chicken and Mussels, blended in a rich Creole Rice Pilaf

COMPLEMENTS
~Garlic Mashed Potatoes
~Fresh Local Harvest Seasonal Vegetables

DESSERTS
Sweet Dessert Trio:
~Moist Lemon Mousse Shortbread
~Oreo Dream Bar
~Brulée Raspberry Cheesecake
all served with a variety of Sauces and Whipped Cream

Rates do not apply for specialty cruises such as Valentines Weekends or July 4th.

Boarding time 30 minutes prior to departure.

Frequently Asked Questions

Where does the ship go?
The ship departs from the World Trade Center in the Seaport District. While sailing routes may vary, the Spirit of Boston cruises as far south as Castle Island/Fort Independence and as far north as the Mystic River along the Boston skyline.

Are there any age requirements?
Anyone may sail on our lunch and dinner cruises. There is no child discount on dinner cruises.

What type of entertainment is offered?
The emcee plays a variety of lively dance music from the '40s through today. In addition, our lunch and dinner cruises feature a professional cast of performers who provide lively entertainment throughout the trip. Our lunch cruise also includes a narration.

What is your smoking policy?
All interior areas of our ship are non-smoking areas. Passengers who enjoy smoking may do so on the outdoor observation decks.

Will my cell phone work on the cruise?
Yes, your cell phone will work on the cruise. For the comfort of other guests, we ask that cell phone conversations be held on the outside decks.

Do I need a reservation?
Yes.

What number should I call to make reservations?
Please call 800-208-4421 from 8:00 am to 8:00 pm every day of the year.

How far in advance should I make reservations?
If you're planning for a large group, call us as soon as possible. A few months will make it easier to accommodate all of your preferences. Individuals should try to book within 30 days of their planned cruise. Of course, reservations can be made right up to the day of the cruise, provided there is space available. We recommend calling as early as you can, especially for special event cruises such as July 4th weekend and New Year's Eve.

Which credit cards are accepted?
We accept VISA, MasterCard, American Express and Discover.

Can I make reservations by phone and pay at the ship?
No. For individual parties, payment is required in full at the time of the reservation.

What should I wear?
For evening cruises, appropriate attire is casual to dressy. Men traditionally wear slacks and sport coats, with or without ties. Women wear dresses or nice pants. We do not recommend T-shirts, jeans, shorts or sneakers in the evening. Afternoon cruises are generally more relaxed, and casual attire is fine.

Is parking available at the ship?
Yes.

Do you sail in inclement weather?
The ship is fully enclosed and climate-controlled for your comfort and cruises rain or shine. If for any reason the ship does not sail, the event will be held dockside.

How early should I arrive for my cruise?
You may pick up your tickets one hour before the cruise time. We generally board the vessel 30 to 60 minutes prior to the cruise.

Will I get seasick?
It's unlikely. The ship is one of the largest and most stable cruise ships on the waterfornt. On rare occasions when the water is very rough, our Captain will sail the vessel within the breakwater area.

What kind of food is served?
Our cruises feature all-you-can-eat buffets with delicious choices prepared on board by our executive chefs and their galley staffs. Selections include beef, poultry and seafood with fresh vegetables, salad, rolls with butter, and dessert. With advance notice, we can accommodate requests for kosher meals, and we can arrange special meals for guests with allergies. Other specialty menus are available for deck or full-ship charters.

What do drinks cost?
Mixed drinks start at $6.75 for standard brand liquors, $7.75 for premium drinks. All beer is sold by the bottle, with domestic beers for $5.50 and imported for $5.75. Wine begins at $8.00 per glass. Soft drinks are $3.00 each and juice is available for $3.00 each. These prices do not include tax and gratuity.

How is seating arranged on board?
Our ships feature cabaret-style seating. The majority of our tables accommodate four to eight people and guests are sometimes seated with other parties. Please speak to a sales representative about details and pricing. Please understand that we cannot guarantee specific seating on the deck.

This tour does not include a hotel pick-up. Prices include tax and gratuity on food service. Bar service (beverages, tax and gratuity) not included. There is no child discount for this cruise, but children 2 and under are free. Reserve online, or call us toll-free at 800-208-4421.

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