Sailing From Home
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: www.cruisephilly.org.
Allthreeports’ Websitesdetail packagesthatincludesuchthingsas hotelsandrestaurants,eitherforthe nightbeforeorafteracruise,orlonger.