Sail­ing From Home

The Washington Post Sunday - - Travel -

Wash­ing­ton area trav­el­ers who want to take a cruise but skip the flights now have a third port op­tion within a drive of less than 200 miles: Nor­folk’s new, $36 mil­lion Half Moone Cruise and Cel­e­bra­tion Cen­ter, about 195 miles from the Dis­trict. The first pas­sen­gers are slated to wave bon voy­age on Satur­day. Royal Caribbean and Car­ni­val cruise lines are of­fer­ing 13 sail­ings to Ber­muda, three to the Ba­hamas and two “Cruises to Nowhere” in the port’s first sea­son, which runs through Oct. 28. De­tails: www.cruisenor­folk. org.

This area’s clos­est cruise ter­mi­nal — the Port of Bal­ti­more — lists 29 sail­ings on Royal Caribbean be­tween May 13 and Nov. 25. Des­ti­na­tions in­clude the Caribbean, Ber­muda and Canada. De­tails: www.mary­land­ports. com.

Philadel­phia’s port, about 135 miles from Wash­ing­ton, will host 19 sail­ings to Ber­muda and one to the Caribbean be­tween May 6 and Oct. 27 on Nor­we­gian and Royal Caribbean. De­tails:

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