NORFOLK, Va. (WAVY) — Cruise ship Norwegian Getaway arrived at Nauticus in Norfolk Monday.

The Norwegian Getaway, along with the Norwegian Gem, is part of the Norwegian Cruise Lines fleet, the world’s third-largest cruise company. The cruise line is set to call on Norfolk 25 times throughout this year.

On Sunday, the 2,400-passenger Norwegian Gem made its maiden call to Norfolk. The Norwegian Getaway docked on Monday.

“It’s a very active few days for us and our season is only beginning,” said Nauticus Executive Director Stephen E. Kirkland.

Kirkland says they anticipate cruise lines to bring 180,000 visitors to the region this year alone — that’s triple pre-pandemic numbers.

The big numbers are in large part thanks to the $2.6 million investment in the new gangway. Without the new gangway, bringing ships the size of the Gem and the Getaway wouldn’t be possible. In May, Carnival Cruise Line’s 6,000-passenger ship the Magic will depart from Norfolk.

“These passengers will spend about $125 while they’re in port and that equates to about $22 million this year alone,” explained Kirkland. “It’s a huge economic impact for this region and our tourism.”

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