We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
Improve this listing
Map
Satellite
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Your filters are still active.
There are no pins in your viewport. Try moving the map or changing your filters.
Sponsored by:
Get directions
Address: 333 Waterside Dr, Waterside Festival Marketplace, Norfolk, VA 23510
Phone Number: +1 866-304-2469
Website
Description: Splash aboard Spirit of Norfolk for the perfect mix of dining...
Splash aboard Spirit of Norfolk for the perfect mix of dining, entertainment and views. Cruising throughout the year from the Waterside in Downtown Norfolk, Spirit offers lunch, dinner, moonlight and holiday cruises like Mother's Day, plus many themed cruises.
read more

TripAdvisor Reviewer Highlights

Read all 149 reviews
Visitor rating
  • 79
    Excellent
  • 34
    Very good
  • 13
    Average
  • 10
    Poor
  • 13
    Terrible
Birthday Celebration

The Spirit of Norfolk was fun for the first time trying it out. But I expected a little more for the money. The food was not that good and not a good selection but just the fact... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed June 2, 2015
Joyce R
,
Greenville
Add Photo Write a Review

149 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Your overall rating of this attraction
Roll over, then click to rate
  Click to rate
Date | Rating
  • English first
  • Any
English first
Richmond, Virginia
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2015 NEW

Excellent experience! We decided to hang out on the deck for the whole cruise. Our server brought everything up for us, and served us from the deck. We had an amazing sunset cruise, and the service was amazing! They were there when you needed someone, but not hovering. It was the perfect mix! Parking is hard to find, so come... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes
2 reviews
1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2015

We've been on the Spirit of Norfolk about six times now and never had issue before tonight. I wish we hadn't spent our anniversary on this boat. Some tables were catered to and others were ignored including ours and a neighboring table with young children. When we were told by one waiter to go to the buffet only to then... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
Virginia Beach, Virginia
2 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2015

If you have the opportunity to take a cruise on this little dinghy, DON'T!!! I cruised on the Spirit of Norfolk several years ago for an afternoon company Christmas party. I don't remember the experience being either bad or good. My experience today was horrible. Their customer service is poor & while they claim to care about their guests they... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Level Contributor
324 reviews
261 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 134 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2015

My wife and I took the lunch and dinner cruises both when we lived in Hampton Roads. Beautiful ship, a very good meal, fabulous scenery, and great entertainment on board during the cruise. Recommended for anyone that wants to do a tour of the Norfolk riverfront.

Was this review helpful? Yes
EntertainmentCruises, Manager at Spirit of Norfolk, responded to this review

Andy - We're happy to hear that you had a great time with us for your dinner cruise!!! We appreciate the review and we hope to see you again! More 

Tannersville, VA
Level Contributor
71 reviews
26 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 6, 2015

The food on the cruise was very good. People were having lots of fun on the dance floor. It was very relaxing riding on the top deck.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Norfolk, Virginia
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2015

I enjoyed my cruise that I took June 3. From the time I got on to the time I left. Was greeted by smiling faces and was guided to my seat right by the window. From the time we set down Kelsey P. introduced herself and just made sure I was going to have fun. She always came around to... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes
Virginia Beach, Virginia
Level Contributor
11 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2015

Living in this area for the past 30 years, I knew that the Spirit of Norfolk had a bad reputation, but my husband booked it as a surprise (he hasn't lived here as long and didnt know). The food was terrible, I mean I was almost impressed that the food could be that bad, only average item on the whole... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes
EntertainmentCruises, Manager at Spirit of Norfolk, responded to this review

Hi - We're so glad you enjoyed the DJ & your server, Sharnice, however we're sorry the food was disappointing. We'd really like an opportunity to talk specifics with you about your cruise so we can improve. If you have a moment, please feel free to send us your contact information or reach out to Brad at BParsons@entertainmentcruises.com Thank you. More 

Greenville
Level Contributor
10 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2015

The Spirit of Norfolk was fun for the first time trying it out. But I expected a little more for the money. The food was not that good and not a good selection but just the fact of being on the water was nice. The ship was nice but too cold.

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
Raleigh, North Carolina, United States
Level Contributor
12 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2015

This was my 2nd time on the Spirit of Norfolk. On the first time, a few years ago, me and my spouse went and we had such an awesome time as the cruise was filled with the Red Hat Society Ladies Group and they lit up the event. This time I brought a group of our church family in honor... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes
Frisco
Level Contributor
76 reviews
23 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015

Well, first off, being right downtown, it was the hardest place to get to, being mobility impaired. Local police officers were the rudest ive encoubtered when trying to get access to a handicap spot. Forced our group to park in a garage 2 blocks away and walk, walk, walk. Ofc. Buckner, VAPD, you need more sensitivity training. Once on board,... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes 2
EntertainmentCruises, Manager at Spirit of Norfolk, responded to this review

Hi - We're sorry to hear the your experience wasn't very good. We only have one handicap accessible deck due to how the ship was built and unfortunately installing elevators/ramps is very expensive. However, we completely understand your frustration. We'd really love an opportunity to talk with you about some of the other parts of the experience you didn't enjoy... More 

Travelers who viewed Spirit of Norfolk also viewed

 

Been to Spirit of Norfolk? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Additional Information about Spirit of Norfolk

Address: Address: 333 Waterside Dr, Waterside Festival Marketplace, Norfolk, VA 23510
Phone Number: +1 866-304-2469
Location: United States  >  Virginia (VA)  >  Norfolk

Owners: What's your side of the story?

Register now for free — and start getting automatic notification of new reviews, responding to traveler feedback, adding new photos to your listing and much more.

Manage your listing

Questions & Answers

Here's what previous visitors have asked, with answers from representatives of Spirit of Norfolk and other visitors
2 questions
Ask a question
Verona, Virginia
1 month ago

See all questions (2)

Questions? Get answers from Spirit of Norfolk staff and past visitors.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Will you pick up and drop off at my hotel?
  • I have a family of 7. Can your tour accommodate all of us together?
  • How should I dress for this tour?