Want to get a lay of the land from the water? Then you’ll want to set sail aboard Norfolk’s own Tall Sailing Ship, The American Rover. This three-masted topsail schooner with its familiar red “tan bark” sails has been a signature site along the Elizabeth River and Hampton Roads Harbor since 1986, offering 1 ½ and 2 hour narrated Harbor or Sunset Cruises, from April through October.
Guests embark from Waterside Marina on the Downtown Norfolk Harbor and once on board, can choose to hoist a sail with the crew, take a turn at the helm or just sit back and enjoy the scenic view.
If you’re looking for a unique venue to host a private party or special event, The American Rover will be glad to welcome your guests aboard. The ship offers a complete line of catering, bar service and entertainment. With ample room topside and two smartly appointed climate-controlled lounges below decks, the American Rover assures plenty of space for your guests to move around and mingle. What’s more, the ship’s experienced staff that will see to their every need.
Whether you’re in Norfolk for business or pleasure, be sure to make the American Rover part of your adventure!
The Spirit of Norfolk
See incredible views of the Norfolk harbor and the Navy’s Atlantic Fleet aboard the Spirit of Norfolk. Enjoy delicious new menus and specialty drinks. Then, dance to DJ entertainment or relax on the new rooftop lounge. It all adds up to the perfect Norfolk experience. Cruising year-round from downtown Norfolk, Spirit offers lunch, brunch, dinner, cocktail, moonlit cruises and more. With complimentary event planning services and plenty of customizable options, Spirit is the perfect venue for your next group event or celebration.
From the moment you are welcomed aboard, the captain and crew of the Spirit of Norfolk will make your experience one of a kind.
The Victory Rover is your front row seat to the U.S. Navy’s Norfolk-based fleet. Departing from a berth just a short walk along the Downtown Norfolk Harbor from Nauticus, the Victory Rover offers a 2-hour narrated naval base tour, an enjoyable option to the bus tours offered on base. From a vantage point aboard ship, passengers will witness the majesty of the Navy’s aircraft carriers, nuclear submarines, guided missile cruisers, and other vessels that make up the world’s most powerful sea-going armada.
On board, the Victory Rover offers its guests comfortable seating with the option of an open-air upper deck or an enclosed, air-conditioned lower deck. Clean rest-rooms, a snack bar and souvenir shop will assure that all of your needs are met.
Tickets can be purchased at the ship’s ticket window inside Nauticus. While a regular cruising schedule is kept, advance reservations are strongly recommended, as the Victory Rover is one of the Norfolk’s most popular cruises.