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“Comfortable, informative, worth the money!”

Victory Rover Naval Base Cruises
Ranked #1 of 11 Tours in Norfolk
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Owner description: NAVAL BASE CRUISES ABOARD THE VICTORY ROVER. Your front row seat to the Naval Fleet. 2 Hour Narrated Naval Base Cruises depart daily from Nauticus, home of the Battleship Wisconsin. The Captain provides a fascinating and entertaining commentary aboard this Coast Guard inspected vessel. Cruising the smooth waters of the Elizabeth River you will see the sights of one of the world’s busiest sea ports including the world’s largest naval base, home of the Atlantic Fleet: Destroyers, Guided Missile Cruisers, Submarines, Aircraft Carriers and more. Up to 150 guests enjoy plenty of comfortable seating, air conditioned enclosed deck, open air shaded upper deck, snack bar and souvenir shop. $20 Adults, $12 Children. Summer Schedule (June – August): 11 a.m., 2 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. daily. Spring (April-May) and Fall (September-October): 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. daily. 5:30 p.m. available on certain days. March, November and December: 2pm every day but Monday – 9:30am Inland Waterway Tours on Select Days
Rhinelander, Wisconsin
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10 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“Comfortable, informative, worth the money!”
Reviewed May 13, 2014

We bought the combination ticket. $30/adult for the Victory Rover boat tour and admission to the Nauticus Naval Museum and access to a self guided tour on the retired battleship, USS Wisconsin. This was a great value for us. We took the boat tour first which departed at 11am. Get there early or call ahead for a reservation. The boat has a snack bar, including beer & wine and there is a comfortable normal sized bathroom on board as well. The boat trip takes 2 hours. Then, between the museum and the battleship it took us another 2 1/2 hours to see everything. Very interesting, very impressive, especially when you realize the history of that ship. Highly recommend!!!!

Visited May 2014
2 Thank Sue F
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Grandville MI
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 63 helpful votes
“Fun time”
Reviewed March 24, 2014

Wonderful time spent on the water seeing the Norfolk Harbour as well as our Naval Fleet. My husband served in the Navy during the Vietnam Era so I'm sure seeing these big ships brought back lots of memories (good and bad). I was surprised how knowledgeable the Captain was on all the vessels in the Harbor.
The ship itself has two levels. We opted to sit on the top in an area not covered to enjoy the warm sunshine. They had a snack bar on the lower level.

Visited March 2014
1 Thank MarleneFry
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Roanoke, Virginia
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106 reviews
22 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
“Terrific day at sea!!!”
Reviewed December 22, 2013

We were told to get there at least 15 minutes before departure - just as we purchased our tickets (which we had a $4 per person coupon - fabulous) the ticket person said the ship was boarding now.

My husband has a hard time walking due to a brain injury at birth and we were scrambling to rush to the dock which was quite a ways from the ticket counter. The captain of the boat graciously came to where we were (halfway to the dock) and brought my husband a wheelchair to help him and offered to take him back when we returned. (THAT'S customer service) I was very grateful to the Captain since during our stay we had a few bad experiences.

The tour lasted about two hours and since it was beautiful and very warm (80 degrees) winter day, we opted to go up on top of the boat. The captain gave us a very detailed tour of the naval base along with information about other buildings we passed. It was not only entertaining but educational as well.

We thoroughly enjoyed it and highly recommend it if you're looking to do something a bit more leisurely.

Visited December 2013
2 Thank Seralynn
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Providence, Rhode Island
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150 reviews
18 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
“Good for adults, a little too detailed for children”
Reviewed November 4, 2013

For the quibbles, the tour is a worthwhile 2 hours to understand the commercial importance of the Hampton Roads harbor, the capabilities of the US Navy and some of the history of the area. Being on the water gives you a perspective that you cannot get from land.

Went on the cruise with my son's family, including 2 grandchildren - 7 and 10. The cruise was a little long for them and there was a lot of minutia about the ships that was more interesting to adults and boring for them.

For the adults the tour was really very good. Lots of interesting history about the harbor, going back to the War of 1812, as well as information about the freight handling - so it is more than just the Naval Base. A lot of information about the ships we saw, including the USS Cole. Sometimes the narration seemed a little rushed, trying to get ALL the facts out before we got to the next ship.

Visited November 2013
2 Thank Chuck B
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Gilbert Az
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50 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“Victory Rover Cruises”
Reviewed October 25, 2013

OMG! What a wonderful chance to see those enormous ships that protect us. We saw so many different ships, aircraft carriers you would be in awe! The newest aircraft carrier in port was the USS George H W Bush. What a wonderful piece of US history along with so many others. Thanks to the Captain and Crew for a wonderful interpretation of the land and sea.

Visited October 2013
1 Thank bernardje
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