NORFOLK, Va. (WAVY) — One of the biggest ships on the seven seas docked in Norfolk for a short time and fueled big business across Hampton Roads.
Royal Caribbean’s Brilliance of the Seas came into port at Nauticus around 11:30 a.m. Thursday. Nearly 3,000 people on-board flooded on the streets of Norfolk. More than 500 tourists took advantage of shore excursions and day trips to Colonial Williamsburg and Jamestown.
“In terms of a walk-able downtown, in terms of a world-class art museum and a World War II battleship, and proximity to Colonial Williamsburg and Jamestown, you can’t beat Norfolk with a stick,” said Stephen Kirkland, executive director at Nauticus.
Kirkland said the estimated impact of having the ship waterside for seven hours was $500,000.
“It’s a big shot in the arm,” said Dave Scherer, a Navy veteran. “It’s an adrenaline boost for this city.”
Scherer showed up early to watch the vessel come down the Elizabeth River.
“I’m seeing the biggest thing I’ve seen on the water,” Scherer said while looking through his binoculars.”It’s terrific. There’s hundreds and hundreds of people lining the rail there.”
The ship started its venture in Tampa and is headed to Ireland and England.