On this special Interlude, you will be a special guest enjoying the fusion of dining, entertainment and amazing views of the historic ships of OpSail 2012 Virginia. OpSail 2012 Virginia and the US Navy will be celebrating the bicentennial of the War of 1812 and the Star-Spangled Banner as they journey up the east coast. An incredible display of Class A tall ships from over 25 countries, including the US Navy, visiting Foreign Navy, USCG, Army, Army Corps and more will be yours to enjoy and remember.
Following tradition, this impressive fleet includes tall ships, character vessels, sleek power cruisers, sailing craft, antique and classic wooden boats, military vessels, tugs and more – a boat lovers dream. As you tour Naval Station Norfolk which is near the site of the battle of the Monitor and Merrimac (CSS Virginia), and is the largest naval complex in the world you can’t help but be impressed. The complex is the combined home to the headquarters for Commander Naval Base Norfolk, as well as the Defense Department’s largest supply center, and Naval Air Station Norfolk. Virginia may very well be for lovers – boat lovers!!
What could be more impressive than the spectacle of all these ships and the men and women who serve on them – all decked out in their uniformed splendor? The ships are magnificent, the pageantry exquisite and add a beach, a dock party, shopping and great seafood and this sojourn is a real winner.
This venture has so many highlights it’s hard to focus on just one, but I am particularly intrigued by our dinner aboard the USS Wisconsin. Who knew these ships were SO BIG!! The ship is over 60 years old, first launched in 1943, and is one of the largest battleships ever built by the US Navy. A treasure trove for history buffs since docents are placed in various spots on board to answer any questions about the ship’s colorful past. The teak deck is a far cry from all the grey steel and non skid we see today. As a Navy brat myself, I find it spine tingling to think of all the men like my Dad being on board this type of vessel defending our wonderful country.
There are many exhibitions on-board and you can test your skills in many ways. Most interesting to me because of my Dad’s specialty in Aeronautics, is the aviation piece, since he was attached to Naval Air. Suspended in Nauticus’ third floor is an actual Pioneer Remotely Piloted Vehicle (RPV) that flew off the fantail of the Battleship Wisconsin during the Persian Gulf War. Real-time video transmitted from cameras aboard Pioneer once enabled Wisconsin sailors to collect vital intelligence and improve the long-range accuracy of the big guns. This exhibit allows visitors to move the camera in this RPV and see what is going on in Nauticus’ third floor … absolutely fascinating.
I grew up going to the Atlantic Ocean every summer. so I truly love the beach and all that it has to offer. On this escorted mini-vacation you’ll get to enjoy the spectacular Virginia Beach Boardwalk. A walk down the Virginia Beach Boardwalk is sure to put pep in your with its eclectic atmosphere that resembles a wonderful carnival. You can enjoy splendid beach views, plenty of dining and shopping options as well. Virginia Beach Boardwalk is an absolute must for all those who want to partake and completely enjoy the wonderful coastal ambiance of the city.
During your free time you might want to visit the Old Cape Henry Lighthouse. Designated as a National Historic Landmark, it is a stunning lighthouse that dates back to circa 1792. This archaic structure boasts of an amazing architecture that makes it a worthwhile tourist attraction and well worth your time.
Ok time to make the call, reserve your spot, and get ready to enjoy a wonderful, history and fun-filled time in beautiful Virginia. Check out the full itinerary and you might want to learn all the words to “Anchors Aweigh” – there just might be a test.
Op-Sail 2012 (click here for itinerary) (4 days, 3 nights)
1812 Bicentennial Event – June 7-10, 2012
- Escorted vacation (0% fuss, 100% vacation!)
- Tour for active adults (share a great experience!)
- Includes home pickup and return (for clients in Marion and adjacent counties)
Eadie – Interlude blog team
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