- Explore The Bay Student Tour
- Bands and Battleships Performance Student Tour
- Holidays in Virginia: From the Capitol to the Coast
- Discover the Finest Things in Life with Art
- Haunts in the City
- The Big Ticket Day
Explore the Bay Student Tour
Great fun is always in season on the historic Norfolk Virginia waterfront. Norfolk offers students an endless array of opportunities to explore, perform and learn! With a multitude of festivals, internationally acclaimed museums, performing arts, attractions and one-of-a-kind dining, no other Mid-Atlantic destination offers students more!
P.M Visit Nauticus and the Battleship Wisconsin. Nauticus, is an interactive science and technology center where students can explore and learn about the power of the sea. While there, students can learn about what is feels like to be in the shoes of a United States Navy Sailor aboard the Battleship Wisconsin, one of the last and largest battleships built by the U.S. Navy. Then they will walk through the Hampton Roads Naval Museumand experience 200 years of naval history in Hampton Roads.
Sail across the Elizabeth River on the American Rover Sailing Cruise. This majestic, three-masted tall ship, modeled after the cargo schooners that once sailed the Chesapeake Bay. The cruise leaves from the downtown Norfolk pier for a narrated two-hour harbor cruise. On board, students can lend a hand with the sails, take a turn at the helm or just sit back, relax and enjoy the experience. Educational classes and party DJ cruises are available for students cruises.
A.M. Take a guided bus tour of the world’s largest naval installation, Naval Station Norfolk. A knowledgeable, active duty Navy Sailor will give a narrated tour of the Naval Base highlighting the U.S. Naval Fleet, Admirals Row, and how the base is a working city.
A.M. Head over to the Virginia Zoo and discover the wildlife! The most exiting expansion in the Zoo’s history, the African habitat Okavango Delta, consists of 10 acres of unobstructed animal viewing. Spot lions, tigers and many more animals onboard a train that runs throughout the Zoo with stops along the way. The Virginia Zoo’s education department is also available to provide student education classes and other wild experiences.
Lunch Have a brown bag lunch at Lafayette Park located next to the Virginia Zoo.
P.M. Add a little history into the program with The MacArthur Memorial. Discover the compelling story of General Douglas MacArthur, a five star General of the Army and the millions of Americans who served our nation through five wars. The Memorial is a museum and research center dedicated to preserving and presenting the story of the life of General Douglas MacArthur. The Memorial also pays tribute to the millions of men and women who served with General MacArthur in World War I, World War II, and the Korean War. The MacArthur Memorial consists of a museum, archives and research center, education center, theatre, welcome center and gift shop.
Dinner Board the Spirit of Norfolk where students can enjoy a nautical setting with dancing and live entertainment all while enjoying the panoramic skyline of Norfolk.
Evening Stop for ice cream with a famous waffle cone from Doumar’s. Doumar’s is where Abe Doumar invented the ice cream cone by taking a waffle and rolling it into a cone, to which he added ice cream. Doumar’s still bakes cones on the original cone machines. Students will delight learning the history of how the cone was invented while watching the Doumar family make fresh made ice cream cones from the original machine with advanced notice.
A.M. Students can discover one of the largest collections of azaleas, camellias, roses and rhododendrons on the East Coast at Norfolk Botanical Garden. Experience 155 glorious acres by guided tours on foot, tram or boat. Students can get their hands dirty (or keep them clean) with interactive educational programs presented by the garden.
Bands and Battleships Performance Student Tour
Norfolk offers students an endless array of opportunities to explore, perform and learn! With a multitude of festivals, internationally acclaimed museums, performing arts, attractions and one-of-a-kind dining, no other Mid-Atlantic destination offers students more!
P.M. Sail across the Elizabeth River on the American Rover Sailing Cruise, a passenger operator topsail schooner! This majestic, three-masted tall ship, modeled after the cargo schooners that once sailed the Chesapeake Bay, leaves from the downtown Norfolk pier for a narrated two-hour harbor cruise. Educational classes and DJ cruises with entertainment available for student cruises.
Evening Stroll the cobblestone streets of the historic Freemason District and Downtown Norfolk for an hour and a half tour to learn about Sea Legends & Tales. Students will be greeted by a costumed guide and lead through the cobblestone streets to hear legends of the sea!
A.M. Take a guided bus tour of the world’s largest naval installation, Naval Station Norfolk. A knowledgeable, active duty Navy sailor will board your motor coach at the Tour Office and give a narrated tour of the base.
A.M. Time to Perform! Choral, band and instrumental groups are all welcome to perform aboard the Battleship Wisconsin, one of the last and largest battleships built by the U.S. Navy. Stand beneath her 16-inch guns and feel the excitement of being aboard a historic warship. The perfect setting in Downtown Norfolk with a public audience.
A.M. After the performance, time to play at Nauticus with one of many educational programs. Nauticus offers many educational programs including real scientist demonstrations for student groups. The museum also features more than 150 exhibits including computer and video interactive films on a giant screen, exotic aquaria, touch pools, shark petting, and national-caliber traveling exhibits. Then stroll through 200 years of naval history at the Hampton Roads Naval Museum. (Student educated programs are available online). Students can enjoy lunch in the Nauticus cafe.
P.M. Depart for the Virginia Air and Space Center. Trace the history of flight from its inception and learn about the future of our nation’s space programs through interactive hands-on exhibits. Student programs are available. Aero Zone is a hands-on laboratory experience where students prepare for a cross-country flight that will take them on a tour of various NASA research centers or students can research weather conditions using the Center's weather station, gather information for visits along the way, and work with a global positioning system and amateur radio sty.
Dinner Board the Spirit of Norfolk for a student buffet, which can hold up to 400 students. Students can enjoy a nautical setting with dancing and live entertainment all while enjoying the panoramic Norfolk skyline.
A.M. Depart for home, but before you leave make a stop at the Virginia Mariners Museum. Discover one of the largest international maritime history museums filled with prized artifacts that celebrate the spirit of seafaring adventure. Explore over 60,000 square feet of gallery space with rare figureheads, handcrafted ship models, Civil War ironclad USS Monitor artifacts, paintings, small craft from around the world, and much more.
Holidays in Virginia: From the Capitol to the Coast
Come share the glow of the season and experience millions of lights and holiday events from Virginia's capital city to Coastal Virginia. Drive-through or walk-through light shows that will dazzle and shine with more than two million lights in Richmond, Norfolk, and Virginia Beach, Virginia. Lighted boat parades, city illuminations, festivals, parades, living history re-enactments, caroling, dining events, and music are among the many activities occurring throughout the region from Thanksgiving to New Year's Day.
DAY ONE - Richmond, VA
A.M. - Visit Agecroft Hall, which was built in England in the 15th century, was transported here in 1925 and is set amid gardens along the river. The country manor house is lovingly decorated for the season and contains an extensive assortment of Tudor and early Stuart art and furniture.
The Virginia House, a 12th century priory reconstructed as an English manor house is sure to please your group. Tour the home and enjoy making a gingerbread house. Then have cider and cookies while the staff talks about holiday traditions in this grand old manor that was once home to an ambassador to Spain.
Enjoy lunch in CaryTown complete with shopping for that eclectic gift you’ve been waiting for. A mile of boutique stores and restaurants line this famous area of Richmond. Did you know the first strip mall was located here?
Visit the Virginia State Capitol. Thomas Jefferson designed this neo-classical marvel featuring a hidden dome, pre-historic fossils in the floor marble and the world-famous Houdon statue of George Washington. See how the Commonwealth shows off its Capitol during the holidays. If you are here Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday, you can add a visit to the Executive Mansion and see how the Governor of Virginia’s house decorates for the holidays.
Stop at the themed 5-star Jefferson Hotel for afternoon tea. This historic hotel has catered to no less than 11 presidents, British royalty and countless celebrities. It’s sure to raise a wow at its beautiful decorations during the holidays. Have a group photo with the magnificent Christmas tree or on the famous staircase that inspired the one used in the movie Gone With The Wind.
P.M. - End the night at the Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens just in time to delight in the GardenFest of Lightsfeaturing more than 500,000 holiday lights arranged in botanical themes. See Virginia’s only classical, domed conservatory, all dressed up for the holidays. Enjoy holiday shopping at the gift shop and dinner in the Robbins Room.
DAY TWO - Richmond, VA
A.M. - Begin the day at Maymont, a spectacular 100 acre Victorian estate in the midst of Richmond. This gilded Age mansion’s Victorian Christmas décor is a special treat that offers a fashion show of days gone by.
Visit the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts that is noted for their excellent art and collections. Make sure you see the largest collection of Fabrege’ eggs outside of Russia. Explore the rooms of gold, silver and period furniture. And the holidays…are special at the museum.
Enjoy an Iron Chef Challenge cooking class with lunch at Mise En Place in the heart of downtown Richmond. You've seen it on tv, now experience the creative thrill with your challenge partners. If cooking isn't your style, lunch on your own in Richmond's cobblestone Shockoe Slip and later indulge in a chocolate making workshop!
Last stop in Richmond is the St. John’s Church, where on March 23, 1775, in the presence of George Washington, Thomas Jefferson and the other members of the Second Virginia Convention, the torch of liberty was kindled by the inspired words of Patrick Henry, “give me liberty or give me death.” St. John’s is the oldest church in Richmond and has held services for more than 200 years. Re-enactments of the Second Virginia Convention may be arranged for groups.
P.M. - Experience dinner at the famous restaurant The Tobacco Company. Located in the heart of Historic Shockoe Slip among the cobblestones in Richmond’s oldest part of the city, this former tobacco warehouse exudes ambience and beauty unlike any other dining establishment in Richmond.
It’s off for “Tacky Lights Tour”. The region is nationally known for its Tacky Light Tours throughout many neighborhoods with each house decorated with a minimum of 10,000 lights. Have your cameras ready to do some serious light photos.
DAY THREE - Norfolk, VA
A.M. Now is the time to celebrate the holidays in Coastal Virginia.
A.M.Norfolk’s historic houses are decorated for the holidays. The Hunter House Victorian Museum, rich in architectural detail, displays the Hunter family's collection of furnishings and decorative pieces done up for a Victorian Christmas. The Moses Myers House, an elegant federal period home dating back to 1792, was built by one of Norfolk's first Jewish residents and is decorated for Hanukkah.
Dinner - Savor dinner at the historic Omar’s Carriage House, whose original patrons were horses! Converted to a restaurant in the 1940s by Virginia Bruce Roper, Omar’s is sure to please. Be sure to try the fresh jumbo lump crab cakes and potato crisp flounder while you’re there.
P.M. - Experience Norfolk’s “Garden of Lights” through the magic of the gardens, 2.5 mile twinkling light display from the comfort of your tram at the Norfolk Botanical Garden. Norfolk’s spectacular “Garden of Lights” display features a whimsical flower theme with wisteria arbor arches, animated humming birds, a windmill, scarecrow, leaping frogs, butterflies, mushrooms and a waterfall.
A.M.Stroll through 5,000 years of art history at the Chrysler Museum of Art, home to Walter Chrysler Jr.'s world-class collection of more than 30,000 pieces of art theme. Experience the art of glass with a glass blowing demonstration in their new studio! Maybe you will have a chance to make your own ornament.
Enter into a magical world at Nauticus with Dickens' Christmas Towne. Stroll through Victorian Streets with Christmas characters, carolers, sweet treats, train displays, activities and crafts. Be sure to enjoy a photo with Father Christmas himself!
Holiday shopping and lunch is a must at MacArthur Center with more than 140 new-to-the-market retailers. Enjoy lunch at MacArthur’s 600-seat food court or at one of its numerous sit-down restaurants. And celebrate the holidays by participating in MacArthur Center’s outdoor winter carnival complete with an ice skating rink.
P.M. - Discover over 20 local artists and their studios with a guided tour of d'ART Center in Norfolk's NEON arts district. The d'ART Center is an environment where working artists are a part of an interactive arts community that engages the public through the experience of art and the creative process
Enjoy a tour holiday meal aboard the Spirit of Norfolk Dinner Cruise. Celebrate the holiday festivities with great food, great view from the water and great entertainment.
DAY FIVE - Virginia Beach, VA
A.M. - Attend a live taping of the 700 Club at the Christian Broadcasting Network. After the show, enjoy a tour of the “state-of–the-art studio facility, followed by Lunch at the Swan Terrace, which is located inside the beautifully decorated Founders Inn.
After lunch, enjoy a riding tour of Virginia Beach for an overview of area history including the Cape Henry Lighthouses. Then, visit our historic homes- Lynnhaven, Adam Thoroughgood and Francis Land- all decked out for the Holidays. The last stop will be Forbes Taffy for a lesson in holiday taffy making. Dine at Rockafellers, a Virginia Beach favorite.
Take a shiny journey into nautical, holiday, and adventure lands – all along the beautiful Virginia Beach boardwalk from the comfort of your Motorcoach. Festive fish, jumping dolphins, frolicking porpoises – all in bright, colored lights against the clear night-time sky, are the stars of McDonald’s Holiday Lights at the Beach.
DAY SIX - Virginia Beach, VA
Next stop is Sound of Freedom at Naval Air Station Oceana. Be sure to thank the brave men and women who help protect this great country. Enjoy a boxed lunch and experience Swingtime in the Skies at the Military Aviation Museum, housing one of the largest collections of flying WWI and WWII military aircraft in the world.
Before you head home, pick up a few last holiday gifts at Lynnhaven Mall, the largest Mall in Coastal Virginia for an afternoon dessert reception and those important last minute gifts.
Tonight enjoy dinner at one of the many restaurants in Town Center, and then catch a holiday show at The Sandler Center for the Performing Arts. Save room for dessert at The Royal Chocolate.
DAY SEVEN - Virginia Beach, VA
On your way home, don’t forget to visit Christmas Town at Busch Gardens.
Discover the Finest Things in Life with Art
Walk through beautiful gardens, historical landmarks and homes in Norfolk, Virginia. With internationally-acclaimed museums, performing arts, upscale shopping, an extensive restaurant assortment, and other great attractions, no other Mid-Atlantic destination offers visitors more. Enjoy small-town charm in this 400-year-old seaport city!
Noon - The Chrysler Museum of Art Glass Studio brings you face to face with some of the greatest glass artists as they create handcrafted pieces from start to finish. Watch artists from around the world and learn from their expert techniques and demonstrations. Become a glass artist as well and take a no-experience-necessary class to get the taste of the magic of glass, which include blown/sculpted glass eggs, flameworked jewelry/ wine glass charms, and fused-glass coasters.
P.M. - Stroll through 5,000 years of art history at the Chrysler Museum of Art, home to Walter Chrysler Jr.'s world-class collection of more than 30,000 pieces of art. The museum features a world-renowned Tiffany-glass collection, Art Nouveau furniture, and works of art from African, Egyptian, Pre-Columbian, Islamic and Asian cultures. The museum also offers an extensive European and American collection of paintings, sculpture and decorative arts.
Dinner – Sip over 50 wines from around the world at Press 626 Cafe and Wine Bar. The menu will please all taste buds using only ingredients from local farms for the freshest tastes!
A.M. - Relax along a tree-lined riverbank at the Hermitage Foundation Museum. This early 20th century historic home appears frozen in time, offering visitors an extraordinary trip through antiquity. The museum and gardens consist of a world-wide art collection and contemporary exhibition galleries, all surrounded by twelve acres of formal gardens and natural woodlands.
Afternoon - Spend the afternoon antique shopping in the Historic Ghent section of Norfolk. From Country-French to 18th and 19th century pieces, Ghent is filled with antique shops that offer something for everyone. Stop along the way for lunch on your own in one of the many locally owned restaurants. Or paint your own masterpiece! You might see your own work of art hanging in the halls of the Chrysler Museum on day after after and few sips and brush strokes at Pinot Palette. All you need to do is bring your friends and get ready to be inspired by our local artists who will guide you step-by-step through a featured painting. At the end of the night you get to leave with your own masterpiece!
P.M. – Experience Virginia’s first urban winery at the Mermaid Winery. The winery focuses on producing many small well-balanced wines using Virginia grapes. The winemaking process can be viewed from the tasting bar where you can enjoy their creations.
At the tasting bar, you can choose from several wine flights that include other wines from boutique wineries. There are also food pairings that range from classical charcuterie and artisanal cheese platters to sandwiches.
Dinner - Journey through Norfolk by experiencing a Town and Country Wine Tour. The Tour provides behind-the-scene info (and access when available) on top regional wineries and wine bars. You will learn about the heritage, styles of wine production, and highlight local lore and history.
A.M. - Grab a cup of coffee and a bowl at Zeke's Beans & Bowls in Norfolk's new arts district, the NEON District. Stop by one of the many pop-up galleries opening up daily by the area's creative community and be inspired by its artistic energy and ever-growing collection of public art. Be on the lookout for colorful murals, sculptures, mixed media installations, projections and much more. Discover over 20 local artists and their studios with a guided tour of d'ART Center in Norfolk's NEON arts district. The d'ART Center is an environment where working artists are a part of an interactive arts community that engages the public through the experience of art and the creative process
Lunch - Shop till you drop at MacArthur Center with over 70 retailers anchored by Nordstrom and Dillard’s. While there, take part in one of MacArthur Center's special packages include a cooking class at Williams-Sonoma or a self-guided Chocolate Tour.
P.M. End your afternoon with a visit to the Moses Myers House and the Norfolk History Museum. Both of these homes are only two blocks apart. The Moses Myers House in downtown Norfolk is the oldest Jewish home in America, constructed between 1795-1797, and offers an exceptionally accurate portrayal of life in the 18th Century. The Norfolk History Museum at the Willoughby-Baylor House was built in 1794 and currently features permanent and changing exhibit galleries that highlight vignettes of the city, showcasing Norfolk’s evolving history not only as an international port and maritime center, but also as a focal point of commercial growth with impressive naval and military roots.
P.M. - Experience the elegance and romance of the Victorian Era inside the Hunter House Victorian Museum. Rich in architectural detail, the Hunter family's collection of Victorian furnishings and decorative pieces are displayed throughout the house.
Dinner - Located in downtown Norfolk, Omar’s Carriage House is sure to please! This historic site in Norfolk was built in the early 1840's, when the patrons then were horses. Savor fresh jumbo lump crab cakes and succulent potato crisp flounder at Omar’s contemporary bistro.
Haunts in the City
The City of Norfolk, Virginia traces its tales back to the early 17th century, soon after the first English settlers arrived in the new world. Since then, the city has seen its fair share of history: battles, fires, hurricanes, and strife. It continues to strive for that balance between Southern charm and metropolitan pace but no matter the direction it evolves into, Norfolk cannot forget the haunting tales that do not allow the past to be forgotten.
Start your haunted trip with a walking or tram tour at the Norfolk Botanical Garden. Find things that bump in the night like owls, bats and vultures along the trail. As darkness falls the Garden’s nocturnal inhabitants awaken, so search for owls on an Owl Prowl guided tour in the Enchanted Forest. Or if you are brave enough go on a exploration to find bats, Virginia is home to 17 species of bats, learn about these mysterious night fliers with the help of a bat-detector.
Are you brave enough to walk through a graveyard at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church and visit the past? Built in 1739, the church is the only colonial-era building in Norfolk to survive the many wars the city has seen. It still carries a centuries-old cannon ball imbedded in its bricks, a memento from Lord Dunmore. And there are said to be more spiritual reminders of the past within and around its walls. The most prevalent sighting is a figure that appears in the graveyard, thought to be the ghost of Dr. Nicholas Albertson Okeson who tragically died of Malaria in 1882. He was a humble servant for 26 years and was buried at St. Paul’s. Perhaps he still feels there is work to be done.
Then head off for dinner at Freemason Abbey Restaurant and Tavern, which has been converted into a restaurant. But in 1873 the Abby was built in the city’s Freemason section. There have been numerous paranormal accounts particularly in the kitchen and bar area where things are being moved around, cupboards opening on their own, and items falling off shelves and doors that will either not stay closed or won’t stay open. There are also those who claim to have seen a dark wandering figure and the sound of a woman weeping. And to this day, employees still end the evenings by saying “Goodnight Mr. B,” a nod to a former owner of the restaurant who apparently still takes smoke breaks in the dry goods store room long after he has passed.
After breakfast start your day walking on the decks of the largest and last battleship, Battleship Wisconsin. The famous battleship, largest ever operated by the U.S. Navy, is now a museum in downtown Norfolk, a symbol of the city’s proud naval history. But one crew member has apparently stayed behind when all others left. The poor soul was working on the air conditioning system during an overhaul during the Korean War when someone turned on the unit, ending his life. Among the reports of his presence on the ship is testimony from a quartermaster 2nd class serving on board during Operation Desert Storm. Then explore Nauticus, a fun and exciting interactive science and technology center and explore the power of the sea. Discover the Hampton Roads Naval Museum where you will be introduced to over 200 years of naval activity in Hampton Roads.
Hear ghost legends and sea stories on an afternoon cruise aboard the Victory Rover Naval Base Cruise. Hear the tales of Blackbeard the Pirate, the Philadelphia Experience and Haunted Fort Norfolk along the waterfront of Norfolk and Portsmouth. Pass by the Naval Station Norfolk and hope the USS George Washington is in port. This Navy ship is said to have a few ghosts that haunt this vessel. One is of a little girl who strolls through the lower levels, perhaps the daughter of a sailor that never returned home. The other ghost is of a guard dog that disappears instantly. And there have also been accounts of a man who walks the halls along with the eerie feeling of always being watched.
Journey through Norfolk by experiencing a Historical Ghent Food Tour. Visit locally owned restaurants and sample house specialties while listening to the staff discuss the culinary creations and history of their restaurant and food. In between locations, gather an insight into the history of Norfolk by visiting landmarks. Transport your senses with the various spices and provisions offered by Norfolk’s “hidden-gems” and culinary visionaries.
The paranormal adventure continues with a walking tour of Norfolk past some of downtown’s most haunted places. The Norfolk Pagoda, the Blessing Gate arch is a landmark that promises good fortune to all who pass under it. However, when the downtown section was part of the bustling port, the arch’s concrete slab foundation held the weight of a 5,000 gallon molasses storage drum, a sticky grave for many industrial accident victims from many years ago. To this day, many visitors comment on the smell of molasses around the gate. Could it be a message from beyond?
The Wells Theatre, opened in 1913 as the crown jewel of the Wells Brothers' Beaux Arts theaters, the historic Wells has gone from stage to cinema to stage again, with some spooky members of the cast tagging along. The death of a small girl from a balcony fall during the theater’s movie days is still being relived. Employees say they hear her laughter from time to time. And the spirit of a sailor, a crew member who fell while working on the fly system and died tangled in the stage rigging. The ghost is said to roam backstage and is often blamed for missing props or doors being locked.
During rehearsals, crew and cast will often be heard shouting “Stop it, Ned!” Make sure you check the performance calendar for Wells Theatre to see if you can enjoy a afternoon or evening performance. Maybe you will see and hear the ghosts as well if you dare!
Stroll over to MacArthur Center, Norfolk’s downtown mall, for a little shopping and lunch.
Then is back to the ghost hunt with The Moses Myers House Prominent. Businessman Moses Myers built this house in the late 18th Century and until it was donated to the city in the 1930s, five generations inhabited the home. The man that is said to haunt the garden of the house is believed to be Thomas Bowden, someone who was quarreling with Moses Myers before he was shot on the property. It is said that the two were in the middle of a heated discussion before Bowden was shot by Moses Myers’ son, Samuel. The figure is described to be wearing a top hat and cloak, pacing back and forth through the garden relentlessly eager to give his last word.
Norfolk City Jail is said to be the most haunted place in the city. A prisoner many years ago hanged himself in his cell and since then, anyone who has been assigned to that particular 9’x9’ space has been terrifyingly provoked by the uneasy spirit of that man. One prisoner has reported never being able to see his own reflection in the mirror but rather a distorted figure of a man’s face. Night guards have reported seeing a silhouette, only to approach and find nothing.
After all that walking is time to sit back and relax and enjoy a great dinner at Omar’s Carriage House. This historic site in Norfolk was built in the early 1840's, when the patrons then were horses. Savor fresh jumbo lump crab cakes and succulent potato crisp flounder at Omar’s contemporary bistro.
On your way home stop in Newport News, Virginia travel to Endview Plantation, where you will see video and listen to actual electronic voice phenomenon (EVP) recordings from investigations conducted by RTL Paranormal, a local paranormal investigation group. The home was used briefly as a Confederate hospital in the spring of 1862 and was then occupied by Union forces until 1864.
The Big Ticket Day
(MARCH - DECEMBER)
A.M. Spend the morning at Nauticus, a fun and exciting interactive science and technology center and explore the power of the sea. Discover the
Then walk the teak decks of the Battleship
Lunch Enjoy a boxed lunch at Nauticus with views of the Elizabeth River.
P.M. Board the Victory Rover Naval Base Cruise and view the world’s largest naval base, Naval Station