Wanna go somewhere warm? Carnival cruises returning to Norfolk in 2019

Half Moone Cruise and Celebration Center (WAVY/Walter Hildebrand)

NORFOLK, Va. (WAVY) — Carnival cruise lines says it will return to the Mermaid City in 2019.

After taking a break in 2018, cruises will leave from and return to the Half Moone Cruise and Celebration Center in downtown Norfolk. The Carnival Triumph, a ship that can carry 2,754 passengers, according to Carnival’s website, will make five and six day trips to Nassau and Freeport in the Bahamas in May and October of 2019.

“Carnival is a valued and highly respected partner,” said Norfolk Mayor, Kenneth Alexander, in a news release. “We’re thrilled to welcome the world’s largest cruise line and its many guests back to Norfolk.” Carnival Cruise Lines has sailed out of Norfolk fifteen of the past sixteen years.

Several other cruise lines will make day visits to Norfolk this year. You can find that schedule by clicking here.

Carnival says it also plans to add more cruises from Fort Lauderdale and New York City. The company says it also plans to refurbish the Triumph before it makes its return to Norfolk.