Nauticus installs new gangway in preparation for ‘busiest cruising season’


*Note: The video above was released in October 2021.

NORFOLK, Va. (WAVY) – Preparations are currently underway for what local authorities say will be one of the busiest cruise seasons, including in Norfolk.

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A key part of that preparation was the installation of a new gangway to accommodate larger, more modern cruise ships, including the Carnival Magic, which was due to sail from Norfolk in 2022.

The gangway was designed by a Swedish company, Seawing PBB. The new boarding system arrived in October disassembled on board the ship M/V Sluisgracht and reassembled in Nauticus.

“Next year will be a game-changer for our cruise ship program,” said Nauticus Executive Director,
Stephen E. Kirkland when the catwalk arrived. “Not only will we begin our five-year partnership with Carnival, but we will also welcome 25 Norwegian Cruise Line ships, representing Norfolk’s largest port-of-call commitment ever.”

The season begins on February 20 as we welcome all 4,000 passengers Norwegian getaway.

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