Cruises Departing From Charleston, SC

Cruises Departing From Charleston, SC
Charleston is the departure port for three cruise ships, two going to the Bahamas and one ship going to the western and eastern Caribbean. Charleston is known as "The Holy City" because there are so many churches within the city's low-rise cityscape. Stroll or take a guided carriage tour through Charleston's historic district downtown and view the antebellum architecture and pristine private gardens reminiscent of 18th- and 19nth-century homes and buildings.

Celebrity Mercury

Celebrity Mercury departs Charleston on 10-night and 11-night cruises to the western Caribbean (Key West, Costa Maya, Belize City, Cozumel and Nassau) and eastern Caribbean (San Juan and Tortola). Celebrity Mercury's capacity is 1,886 passengers and length is 866 feet. Mercury was inaugurated November 1997. Accommodation choices include suites, deluxe ocean view with panoramic window, ocean view and inside stateroom. Each choice includes television, bathrobes and mini-refrigerator.

The Celebrity has four restaurants, three bars, and one nightclub, along with 24-hour room service. For cigar aficionados, Michael's Club cigar bar offers hand-rolled cigars and a well-stocked humidor. AquaSpa is the onboard full-service spa with adjoining fitness center. The Century has a golf simulator and two swimming pools. Mercury Theater is the ship's venue for first-class nightly entertainment

Celebrity Cruises
1050 Caribbean Way
Miami, FL 33132
(800) 647-2251
celebritycruises.com

Carnival Fantasy

Carnival Fantasy departs Charleston for five-day cruises to the Bahamas, seven-day cruises to Nassau, Half Moon Cay and Grand Turk and six-day cruises to Nassau, Freeport and Key West. Fantasy's capacity is 2,056 and length is 855 feet, with a major renovation in 2008. Accommodation choices include suites with private balcony and ocean-view rooms with a sitting area with sofa.

The Fantasy has three restaurants and four lounges/bars. Main dining is in either the Celebration or the Jubilee, both on the Atlantic deck. A 12,000-square-foot fitness and spa facility has recently been renovated, with a jogging track and volleyball court. Kids have "Carnival Waterworks," their own swimming pool with a four-story, 300-foot long water slide. "Serenity" is the adult-only swimming pool with two hot tubs. The two-level Universe Lounge is the main theater for shows.

Carnival Cruise Lines
3655 N.W. 87th Ave.
Miami, FL 33178
(305) 599-2600
carnival.com

Carnival Glory

Carnival Glory departs Charleston for five-day cruises to the Bahamas. Carnival Glory, at 952 feet long and accommodating 2,974 passengers, was inaugurated in 2003. Accommodation choices include suites with private balcony and ocean-view rooms with a sitting area with sofa.

The Glory has six restaurants and 22 lounges/bars. Most notable of the restaurants are the Platinum and Golden main dining rooms. A 13,300-square-foot fitness and spa facility has a Polynesian theme with landscaping, waterfall and a heated seaweed dry float. There are three large whirlpools, four swimming pools (one with a 214-foot water slide), jogging track, half-court for basketball and volleyball. The multi-level Amber Palace is the main, 1,400-seat theater for shows

Carnival Cruise Lines
3655 N.W. 87th Ave.
Miami, FL 33178
(305) 599-2600
carnival.com

Article Written By Michael McCann

Michael McCann has been a professional writer and videographer for 14 years covering business and travel topics. Prior to writing, Mr. McCann founded and sold two successful companies. Michael holds a Bachelor's degree in Marketing from Baylor University and Master's degree in Accounting from Texas A&M-Corpus Christi.

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