Introducing New Hygiene and Service Protocols to Ensure the Wellbeing of Everyone

Norfolk, June 11, 2020 – Spirit of Norfolk by Hornblower Cruises and Events will be back cruising the Elizabeth River from Friday, June 19, offering a choice of public and group dining cruises in accordance with Governor Northam’s phased reopening plan. With guest spaces spread over several levels, local landmark Spirit of Norfolk features expansive decks inside and out, providing plentiful space and fresh air. Combined with reduced capacity, there is more than enough room on board for everyone to stay safely apart.

To provide reassurance in the current pandemic environment, Hornblower has expanded its industry defining SafeCruise by Hornblower program, building on already stringent sanitation processes, to incorporate further health-driven measures to guard against the spread of COVID-19 and other viruses.

Explaining the company’s preparations for welcoming guests back on board, Hornblower General Manager for Norfolk Jolene Price-Thompson said: “We are proud of our excellent safety and sanitation track record and always operate and maintain a rigorous process around cleanliness and hygiene. So, while our guests can still expect the same high standards and welcoming service, we are adapting our amazing experiences to reflect the need for social distance, alongside elevated health and hygiene practices.”

Hornblower has reviewed every aspect of the guest experience journey and is taking all steps necessary to ensure the wellbeing of everyone on board. These include, but are not limited to:

  • Mandatory daily crew member health screening, and wearing of appropriate PPE
  • Revising boarding and ticketing procedures to allow for social distancing and touchless entry
  • Requiring guests to wear face masks while cruising, except while eating and drinking
  • Reducing the number of guests on board, and adapting table spacing to allow for a minimum 6-foot distance between guests while they dine
  • Buffet stations will feature a protective shield, while an attendant will assist and serve each guest. Single-use menus will be provided on every cruise and discarded (recycled) afterwards.
  • Implementing enhanced sanitation and disinfection procedures, with hand sanitizing stations available throughout
Norfolk Cruise Experiences Resuming on June 19
Boasting the city’s largest outdoor roof deck, cruises aboard Spirit of Norfolk take a leisurely route along Norfolk’s historic waterways past the mighty ships and submarines of the US Navy’s Atlantic Fleet. A choice of Lunch, Brunch and Dinner experiences are offered featuring delicious cuisine alongside a sophisticated selection of award-winning wines, craft beers and specialty cocktails. Cruise prices start from *$46.90 for lunch *$59.90 for brunch or *$63.90 for dinner, including a buffet-style menu of freshly prepared entrees, salads and desserts (prices per person, excl. fees & taxes). More cruises will be added, subject to demand.
For those looking to set sail this Father’s Day and treat Dad to a delicious dining cruise, Spirit of Norfolk will be operating brunch with free-flowing mimosas and “manmosas”, as well as a scenic dinner cruise taking in the sparkling lights of the city, complete with stunning river views. Brunch from: *$64.90 or Dinner from: *$63.90.
Norfolk will be the company’s sixth port to reopen, joining Baltimore, Chicago, Marina del Rey, Newport Beach and San Diego which recently resumed operations. For the time being, Hornblower will be offering a choice of dining cruises only and plans to resume its full range of experiences such as cocktail cruises and special events when current restrictions are lifted.
For more information or to book a cruise experience, visit or call 866-304-2469.

About SafeCruise by Hornblower

Established over 25 years ago, SafeCruise by Hornblower delivers industry-defining standards for health, safety and security across the Hornblower Group of companies. Continuously improving, the program follows the most up to date government and industry guidelines and applies decades-long operational expertise to ensure a safe environment for guests and crew members, while maintaining Hornblower’s excellent record of safety.


About Hornblower Cruises and Events

Hornblower Cruises and Events is North America’s largest and leading provider of water-based dining, sightseeing, private charter and transportation experiences. 22 coveted destinations are offered in the US, Canada and the UK, where the company employs over 4,300 shipmates who operate a fleet of 157 vessels serving upwards of 9.8 million guests each year. Hornblower Cruises and Events is a division of Hornblower Group which operates the official ferry boat service to Alcatraz Island, the Statue of Liberty National Monument and Ellis Island Memorial Museum on behalf of the National Park Service as well as the New York NYC Ferry, American Queen Steamboat Company, Hornblower Niagara Cruises, Victory Cruises Lines and HMS Global Maritime. The expansive portfolio reflects almost a century of sector expertise and innovation – from pioneering the earliest river sightseeing tours and dining cruises to developing the revolutionary Hornblower Hybrid, a vessel powered by wind, solar and battery electricity. For more information visit

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