Living or vacationing in Wilmington, NC you get used to seeing filming locations pop up frequently. 2020 was no exception with the filming of a new Hallmark holiday movie USS Christmas. The holiday/romance story tells the story of a Norfolk, VA reporter who embarks on a Tiger Cruise during Christmastime where she meets a handsome naval officer and stumbles upon a mystery in the ship’s archive room. The festive film starring Hallmark regulars Trevor Donovan and Jen Lilley was filmed throughout the coastal Carolinas, primarily in Wilmington, North Carolina
The movie shot scenes on the downtown Battleship North Carolina, with additional shots along the Riverwalk and in various local neighborhoods.
Tiger cruises are a real thing, they are named after the public relations program started to increase community awareness of the Navy and the jobs that are performed. The program is called Operation Tiger Cruise Tiger cruises allow friends and family of deployed sailors and Marines to spend time aboard a sea-going vessel to experience the ship’s day-to-day operations.
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