NORFOLK, VA -- November 24, 2009 – As National Geographic’s Real Pirates exhibit swaggers into Norfolk’s maritime and science museum, NAUTICUS, on November 21, patrons will discover firsthand the exciting tale of history’s most notorious pirate ship. Norfolk is the only East Coast city to host National Geographic’s acclaimed traveling exhibit that tells the story of the Whydah – the first fully authenticated pirate ship that sank off the coast of Cape Cod nearly 300 years ago. Organized by National Geographic and Arts and Exhibitions International, the exhibit showcases treasure chests of jewelry, coins, and gold; weaponry; and a replica of the actual ship that visitors can board. Children ages 4-12 are admitted free to the exhibit with adult paid admission.
In honor of the swashbuckling exhibit, hotels in Norfolk are offering pirate-friendly discounts and promotions, now bookable via the Norfolk Convention & Visitors Bureau’s Web site, Hotel promotions and packages, include:

Norfolk Marriott Waterside Hotel
The Norfolk Marriott is located downtown and within walking distance of Norfolk’s most popular attractions, shopping and a slew of downtown restaurants.

  • Pirate Family Getaway: Starting at just $179, this swashbuckling treasure is a perfect fit for families, featuring two double beds, breakfast for four The Dining Room, four tickets to the Real Pirates exhibit and special treats just for the kids.
  • Pirate and the Matey Getaway: Meant just for two, this package offers to shipmates a deluxe king room, breakfast for two, two tickets to the Real Pirates exhibit and a pouch of chocolate pirates gold. Rates start at $159 per night.

Sheraton Norfolk Waterside
11/21/09 – 4/4/10, Fridays and Saturdays
Starting at $185, the Sheraton Norfolk Waterside offers a package that includes deluxe accommodations, breakfast for two, two tickets to the Real Pirates exhibit, a visit to the Sheraton treasure chest, gold coin countdown service, pirate S’mores and story time. The recently renovated property boasts 468 rooms, a waterside restaurant, a complimentary fitness center and an outdoor pool.

Hampton Inn
11/21/09 – 4/4/10
The Hampton Inn Hotel in Norfolk is offering a pirate’s package that includes breakfast, special chocolate coins, a unique pirate necklace and a pirate-themed in-room bath amenity. Included in the hotel stay are discount coupons to the Real Pirates exhibit. The hotel, located down the road from the largest naval base in the world, features 117 fully-equipped rooms with a complimentary beverage station and on-site valet.

La Quinta Inn & Suites
11/21/09 – 4/5/10
Starting at $69.99, the La Quinta Inn & Suites, located conveniently near the Norfolk International Airport, is offering a package that includes continental breakfast, wireless internet, free parking and discount admission coupons for the Real Pirates exhibit.

Holiday Inn Express & Suites
11/21/09 – 4/4/10
Starting at $99, the Holiday Inn is offering a special treat of pirate booty at check-in, breakfast and discount coupons for admission to Real Pirates exhibit. The hotel is conveniently located in the central area of Hampton Roads and features 5,000 square feet of flexible meeting space and banquet accommodations for up to 400 people.

In addition to great hotel discounts, the Spirit of Norfolk, the city’s very own ship, is also getting into the swing of things with a package that includes a lunch cruise ticket and admission to the Real Pirates exhibit. This is a great way for patrons to hit the high seas and then see how the real pirates got their sea legs. The package starts at $55.21 per person and is available to both groups and individuals.

Along with exciting exhibits and hotel discounts, the seaport city of Norfolk features a scenic waterfront, walkable downtown district, fine dining options, a burgeoning arts scene and seasonal activities galore. The city of Norfolk, easily accessible from most cities on the East Coast, also boasts the Virginia Zoo, Hampton Road Botanical Garden, Chrysler Museum of Art and much more, making it a perfect destination for a weekend getaway or family trip. For more information, or to book your next visit to Norfolk, please visit