Impact of 11 Diverted Baltimore Cruise Ships on Norfolk Terminal Renovations: A Closer Look

NORFOLK, Va. – The City of Norfolk stated that the cruise ships which had to divert to the city due to the Francis Scott Key bridge collapse provided valuable learning opportunities.

The cargo ship responsible for the Baltimore bridge collapse is expected to travel to Norfolk

Between March 26 and May 19, 11 cruise ships from Carnival and Royal Caribbean were redirected to Norfolk, resulting in over 45,000 passengers passing through the Half Moone Cruise Ship Terminal.

Carnival plans to temporarily relocate Baltimore operations to Norfolk

According to officials, almost 500 busses shuttled people to and from Baltimore and Norfolk during the diversion.

City officials said communications with different agencies involved made the process go smoothly.

“Thanks to every department in the city almost has come together to make this work, we had busses lined up down Boush Street, staged in the parking lot of the Opera Center, it’s been great,” Nauticus Executive Director Stephen Kirkland said. “It’s been a great learning experience for us.”

Norfolk is now pausing all cruises while the center works on a multi-million dollar upgrade, which is expected to be ready within a few months.

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