Norfolk cruise terminal begins work on $2.6M cruise ship gangway
Gangway will accommodate larger cruise ships
Nauticus began construction on its $2.6 million cruise ship gangway in Norfolk this week, it announced Wednesday.
The new boarding system will accommodate larger cruise ships, like the Carnival Magic, which is set to sail from Norfolk in 2022. Nauticus expects to have more than 180,000 cruise ship passengers in 2022.
Swedish company Seawing PBB AB designed the gangway, which arrived Oct. 6 aboard the Sluisgracht. Construction is set to be completed in mid-November.
“Next year will be a game changer for our cruise ship program,” Nauticus Executive Director Stephen E. Kirkland said in a statement. “Not only will we begin our five-year partnership with Carnival, we’ll also welcome 25 ships from Norwegian Cruise Line.”
The Peter G. Decker Jr. Half Moone Center on the Nauticus campus is Virginia’s only cruise terminal. Nauticus is a maritime discovery center located on the waterfront in downtown Norfolk.