- Associated Press - Friday, May 8, 2015

NORFOLK, Va. (AP) - A Royal Caribbean cruise has docked in Norfolk for the first time.

Multiple news outlets report Royal Caribbean’s Brilliance of the Seas came into port at Nauticus, a maritime-themed science center and museum on the Norfolk waterfront, around 11:30 a.m. Thursday for a short stop. Nearly 3,000 passengers came ashore, some spending the day touring the city and others visiting nearby Colonial Williamsburg, Jamestown and Yorktown.

While tourists enjoyed the sights, 15 truckloads of food, beverage and hotel items were loaded onto the vessel before it left the Half Moone Cruise and Celebration Terminal at 6:30 p.m.

The ship will continue on a trans-Atlantic crossing to Ireland and England. City officials say this is the first time Norfolk has been utilized as a departure point for such an itinerary.

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