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Cruises from Charleston, SC

Charleston is a charming and historic city located in the southeast of the United States. Because of its many beautiful churches, Charleston is also known as “The Holy City.” Within this beautiful, artistic area are well-mannered locals that run a slew of hotels, beautiful Victorian homes, bed and breakfasts, great restaurants and quality stores. Cruises from Charleston are quite popular, especially among those that live in Charleston or in the surrounding areas of South Carolina. There are usually a small selection of cruises visiting Charleston (not starting in Charleston) each year as well. Taking a cruise from Charleston enables local residents to embark on a wonderful vacation without the inconveniences or costs of flying. Many who take cruises from Charleston but don’t live nearby can enjoy staying a couple of nights in this amazing city before or after their cruise. It is the perfect way to enjoy all that Charleston has to offer its guests!

Currently, the only cruise lines offering cruises from Charleston are Carnival Cruise Lines and American Cruise Lines. The Bahamas is the most often featured cruise destination when it comes to cruises from Charleston, but there are other cruise destinations available here and there each year.

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Destinations for Cruises from Charleston, SC

The following cruise destinations can be visited on a cruise from Charleston, SC. Select a destination to view the upcoming cruises that are available:

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Cruise Lines with Cruises from Charleston, SC

The following cruise lines feature cruises leaving from Charleston, SC. Select a cruise line to view upcoming cruises that they're offering from Charleston, SC:

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River Cruise Lines

Becoming more and more popular, a river cruise is an immerse and destination-focused vacation experience, on a small and luxurious vessel.

River cruises sail through the inland waterways of some of the world's most interesting vacation destinations (i.e. Europe, Asia, the Middle East, and North America), and provide their guests with a greater opportunity to spend time visiting more unique ports of call than a traditional cruise typically would.

Because the destination is the star of a river cruise, (typically guided) shore excursions are included at no additional charge by many River cruise lines. There are usually many interesting lectures given during the cruise, by experts on the history and culture of the region being visited.

Among the famous rivers that one may take a river cruise on are the Rhine, Mississippi, Seine, Danube, Mekong, Nile, Yangtze, Amazon and Douro.

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Specialty Cruise Lines

These cruise lines offer a truly unique vacation experience, with a wide range of possible amenities and itineraries. Some are expedition cruise lines, others have sailing yachts or are coastal ships.

On these types of cruise lines, there's usually a focus on a specific destination or theme. Itineraries are usually very destination intensive, aided by the fact that they're able to reach many ports of call that larger ships can't.

Expedition cruise lines are a great fit for adventure-seeking travelers, featuring exciting destinations like the Galapagos Islands, Antarctica, and the Norwegian coast. During the cruise, there will usually be plenty of interesting lectures given by experts on the destination being visited. Often, shore excursions are included in the cost of the cruise. In fact, some of these cruise lines have all-inclusive pricing. There's a definite focus on the ship's surrounding scenery, as well as opportunities to view wildlife in their natural habitat. Small, but comfortable, ships are commonplace here, with anywhere from basic to very luxurious public spaces, cuisine, and accommodations (depending on the cruise line and ship).

Sailing Yachts, sail-assisted motor ships, offer a really unique vacation experience. Accommodations and cuisine on these intimate vessels can be anywhere from good to fantastic, depending on the cruise line. Destinations offered by these cruise lines may include the Caribbean, Europe, Panama Canal, Tahiti, and Costa Rica.

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Mainstream Cruise Lines

Value is a key feature of these popular cruise lines, as they offer lots of activities, entertainment and dining options, along with a variety of stateroom types. Some of the cruise lines in this category have ships with unique innovations like water slides, rock-climbing walls, ice-skating rinks, surfing simulators, bowling alleys, and boardwalks.

Their ships are usually anywhere from mid-sized to very large "mega" ships, accommodating thousands of guests. These ships give the feel of being in a large resort.

Mainstream cruise lines are a great option for just about everyone (including multi-generation families, and first-time cruisers), and typically have great youth programs.

During the cruise, entertainment may include Broadway productions, Vegas-style shows, comedians, and music. Some of these lines have select formal nights during the cruise. Specialty restaurants are becoming more and more common (some which have a cover charge for this type enhanced dining experience). Buffets are usually available throughout the day, besides room service, and the main dining room(s).

American Cruise Lines
  • River / Specialty Cruise Line
  • Ships: 17 (100 - 200 Guests)
  • Destination Immersion®
  • Gratuities Included
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Carnival Cruise Line
  • Mainstream Cruise Line
  • Ships: 30 (2,052 - 5,374 Guests)
  • Budget Friendly
  • Great Youth Program
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Things to do near Charleston, SC

These are just a few of the more popular tourist attractions in Charleston, along with a brief description:

♦ Drayton Hall

The oldest preserved plantation house in America (built in 1738) is located in the historic Ashley River district of Charleston. Drayton Hall offers tours on its architecture, preservation, the American Revolution and African-American history. The amazing stories you'll hear at this historic landmark are definitely worth the visit, so consider stopping by before or after your cruise.

♦ White Point Gardens aka “The Battery”

This area of Charleston is a famous promenade that features beautiful antebellum homes and Civil War memorials. Within this area, you can discover Rainbow Row, which is a row of historic houses that are painted a wide range of pastel colors. A relaxing walk through this area is the perfect way to complement your vacation, before or after you embark.

♦ Charleston Waterfront Park

This area of Charleston is a great place for resting and relaxing. While there, you can enjoy a wonderful view of the coastline, take a walk, jog, enjoy their swings, or even have a picnic. It’s a great area for spending time with family. There are a couple of fountains where your kids can run around and get wet, so make sure to bring a bathing suit for them if that's in your plans.

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