NORFOLK, Va. — The inaugural Spirit of Mt. Vernon sail will be held on Friday, August 12, replacing the Spirit of Norfolk following a fire in the early summer.
The Spirit of Mt. Vernon joins the Freedom Elite to officially welcome the Norfolk community back on the water. This will be the Spirit of Mt.Vernon’s first sailing in the Norfolk area since operations were halted last June following the Spirit of Norfolk fire.
âOver the past two months we have heard countless personal stories of experiences aboard the Spirit of Norfolk from locals and tourists alike, all reiterating that she was not just a local landmark, but a beloved destination,” said Jolene Price-Thompson, general manager of City Cruises Norfolk. âAfter overwhelming support from loyal customers, local businesses, industry partners and the community at large, we are thrilled to be back on the water with The Spirit of Mount Vernon and The Freedom Elite as we let’s continue to create amazing experiences.
The Spirit of Mt. Vernon is part of a fleet of City Cruises Washington DC ships and the Freedom Elite hails from Norfolk. According to a spokesperson, guests can cruise the Elizabeth River and see sights like the world’s largest naval base, while enjoying food and drink.
On June 7, 2022, the Spirit of Norfolk was involved in a maritime incident when a fire broke out on the vessel. There were 89 schoolchildren on board. The 108 passengers and crew were evacuated from the ship on another tourist boat, the Victory Rover, and no one was injured.
âWe extend our heartfelt thanks to our crew, Naval Station Norfolk, Coast Guard, local fire departments and the Victory Rover, all for working so quickly together to ensure that all of our guests and our crew arrived ashore safely during the incident. aboard the Spirit of Norfolk,â said Christine Metivier and Dan Russell, Co-Chief Operating Officers, City Cruises US. “The spirit of Norfolk will always hold a personal connection in the hearts of the Norfolk community as its legacy lives on.”
Over the past ten years, the Spirit of Norfolk has hosted nearly 4 million total guests, held over 3,000 meetings, toasted over 2,500 weddings, celebrated over 1,500 balls and served over 400,000 students. .