NORFOLK, Va. (WAVY) - Carnival Cruise lines ended its successful run in Norfolk Friday with a five-day voyage to the Bahamas
The Carnival Glory, which has been based in Norfolk for years, set sail from Norfolk’s Half Moone Cruise and Celebration Center for the last time. According to Carnival, fuel costs and new environmental rules are responsible for the cruise line ending its time in Norfolk.
Passengers at the center Friday expressed mixed feelings – excitement about their trip and sadness that they will no longer be able to take a cruise out of Norfolk.
“We think it’s terrible. It’s so convenient for us. We take the train, we park over near the train station and walk. It’s so good,” said passenger Paul Chertoff. “We took the last one and this one and a couple in May, perfect. So, we're disappointed.”
“I think that it’s a shame the city is losing this. We spent all this money on the terminal -- let’s get some cruise lines in here,” said passenger Susan Klein. “But I'm excited about leaving”.
Carolyn Fager just returned from a Bahamas cruise and had a similar view.
"We've gone on about four, and they're so nice out of here,” she said. “You don't have to fly out to Florida or drive or whatever. We're really sad about it.”
Passengers will now have to take the Carnival Glory out of its new home port in Miami, Fla.
WAVY.com wanted to talk to the Norfolk cruise director about the cruise line leaving Hampton Roads, but he was not available for an interview.
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