Cruise Carnival won't sail from Norfolk in 2018 By Tom Stieghorst / February 14, 2017 Share 1 -- Norfolk once again will find itself without a cruise ship in 2018, as Carnival Cruise Line won't operate its seasonal sailings from the Virginia port. Carnival typically sends a ship to New York from Florida for the summer. During the repositioning, it does several spring and fall cruises from Norfolk.This year, the Carnival Sunshine will do five-day cruises to the Bahamas from Norfolk in June and October.Next year, however, Carnival will bring the new Carnival Horizon from Europe to sail for the summer from New York before repositioning to Miami in the fall.Because of the larger size of Carnival Horizon, "Norfolk would not work well," said Terry Thornton, senior vice president of itinerary planning at Carnival. Carnival will also forgo 2018 repositioning sailings from Charleston, S.C., although that market continues to be served year-round by the Carnival Ecstasy, Thornton said.Thornton said there were no issues with the amount of business being generated from Norfolk. "It performed very well," he said.In 2013, Carnival pulled out of Norfolk, with Carnival citing the expense of new environmental regulations on sulfur emissions as a factor. After new regulations were adopted, it returned in 2015.Norfolk gets occasional day calls from cruise ships, but no cruise line has used it as a turnaround port other than Carnival.