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Cruising from Charleston

For almost 300 years Charleston, queen of port cities, has been primarily known for its commercial activity, but it recently became a port of embarkation for cruises. It started with two cruise lines and two ports of call. On today's port of call calendar you will see such names as Norwegian, Seabourne, Aida, and Carnival. Charleston's most frequent visitor is the Carnival Fantasy, going out year-round on five-, six-, and seven-day cruises.

City officials have gone to great lengths to accommodate the needs of cruise-line passengers, opening a grand new cruise terminal in 2013. Prospective passengers are encouraged to start their planning by visiting for hotel discounts and special offers including dining, tours, and other attractions. Everyone should consider a pre- or post-cruise stay in Charleston, cited with several remarkable awards by cruisers, who have named the city one of the most romantic in the United States. Several hotels around the area offer free parking for the duration of their guests' cruise. For complete information on all ports of call, visit

Updated: 03-2013

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