Carnival Cruise Lines, which has a long relationship with Charleston's port, offers five-, six- and seven-night cruises to The Bahamas for most of the year. The 4-star Carnival Glory, a 110,000 gross ton vessel that carries 2,974 guests, will offer two five-night cruises to The Bahamas on May 24, 2010, and again on Nov. 1, 2010. The 3-star Carnival Fantasy offers six-night Key West/Bahamas cruises and seven-night Exotic Eastern Caribbean cruises throughout the year. These cruises are a good value and convenient to east coast residents who prefer to drive to Charleston.
3655 NW 87th St.
Miami, FL 33178
Upscale Celebrity Cruises will offer 10- and 11-night cruises from Charleston in spring 2010 and 2011. The 4.5-star Mercury, which carries 1,870 guests and features a golf simulator, jogging track and Aqua Spa, will offer 10-night Western Caribbean cruises departing Charleston on Feb. 26, March 19 and April 9. These cruises visit Costa Maya (Mexico), Costa Maya (Mexico), Cozumel (Mexico) and Nassau in The Bahamas. On alternate cruises, the Mercury, which has three outdoor pools and a large water slide, will sail 11-night Eastern Caribbean voyages with ports in San Juan, PR; St. Thomas, St. Maarten and Tortola.
1050 Caribbean Way
Miami, FL 33132
Other Lines Visiting Charleston
Over the course of the year, numerous cruise ships sail into Charleston, visit for the day, and proceed on their itineraries. These include vessels from ultra-luxury lines Regent Seven Seas and Silversea Cruises and popular premium lines Holland America and Royal Caribbean. For a complete list of cruise lines that visit Charleston, check out CLIA's (Cruise Lines International Association) website, http://www.cruising.org/.