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  • Tara Woodbury

Catch a Cruise from Charleston, SC!

While some cruises departing from the Northeast make stopovers in Charleston on their way down to the Caribbean, you can start your vacation in Charleston instead! Carnival Cruise Lines, American Cruise Lines, and Silversea Cruises offer some of the best cruises you can take from South Carolina.

Whether you're looking for an action-packed vacation for the family or a romantic getaway for two, there's a cruise for your leaving from Charleston, South Carolina. Here's a look at the three cruise options setting sail year-round.

Carnival Cruise Lines

As one of the most famous cruise lines to cruise out of the Charleston Cruise Port, Carnival is the ideal option when you're looking for family fun, a romantic getaway, or a relaxing vacation. With an assortment of entertainment options and onboard activities, there is something for everyone to enjoy — including the kids! When cruising out of Charleston, you'll likely find yourself aboard the luxurious Carnival Ecstasy or Carnival Sunshine, and occasionally the Carnival Sunrise gets added into the mix.

Carnival Ecstacy

The Carnival Ecstacy is an excellent choice for those looking for a quieter vacation with fewer passengers on board, from ample nightlife options to comfortable lodging. Although the smaller of the two ships, it still boasts many of the same sought-after Carnival amenities like the spa, the Punchliner Comedy Club, Build-A-Bear At Sea, WaterWorks, Lip Sync Battle, and Serenity Adults Only Retreat. You can enjoy a romantic dinner for two with a VIP experience at The Chef's Table or enjoy a meal at Guy Fieri's "Guy's Burger Joint" chowing down with friends. Plus, you can also treat your taste buds at Bonsai Sushi Express, Seaday Brunch, Pizza Pirate, BlueIguana Cantina, or Swirl.

Carnival Sunshine

As the largest Carnival ship to sail out of the Charleston port, you can expect all the best amenities but in a bigger package. Whether you're looking for a romantic getaway or a family vacation, you can have it all on board the Carnival Sunshine. Along with many of the same amenities and dining options as the Ecstacy, you'll also enjoy delectable options like Cucina de Capitano, JiJi Asian Kitchen, RedFrog Pub, and more. And you won't want to miss the favorite activity of all — dive-in movies where you can settle in poolside to watch some of your favorites films under the stars.

American Cruise Lines

When you're looking to get away for a few days but hope for a more lowkey vacation, look no further than American Cruise Lines sailing out of the Charleston Cruise Port. Whether aboard the American Star or Independence, you'll enjoy the small-sized fleet that travels the United States' river systems — allowing you to take in nature and history!

Each of these ships travels American Cruise Lines' Historic South and Golden Isles cruise taking you through the Intracoastal waterways connecting many historical southern cities such as Charleston, Savannah, Beaufort, Hilton Head, Amelia Island, and Jacksonville.

Aboard the ships, you'll experience unmatched intimacy that a larger cruise line can't provide, such as a daily cocktail hour where you can mingle with all the other guests. Instead of parading through a buffet each night, you'll enjoy regional cuisine prepared by highly skilled chefs. When it's time to turn in for the night, you can get some shuteye in a spacious stateroom offering private balconies for you to take in the sights outside.

Silversea Cruises

Silversea Cruises offers a more intimate experience with just under 300 guests while sailing through the Caribbean. With their high guest-to-staff ratio, you can expect unparalleled service accompanied by their desirable all-inclusive packages for food, beverages, excursions, and more.

When sailing out of the Charleston Cruise Port, you'll be aboard the Silver Wind and find yourself soaking in the sights at beautiful ports in the Caribbean, including San Juan, St. Barts, Falmouth, Fort-de-France, St. Lucia, St. George, Port of Spain, and Barbados.

While onboard, you can enjoy culinary treats from The Restaurant, La Terrazza, The Grill, and La Dame by Relais & Châteaux. Meanwhile, you'll never run out of activities to fill your days with the Zagara Spa, Dolce Vita bar, library, casino, fitness center, and pool.

If you're planning a cruise out of the Charleston area, each of these cruise lines offers a variety of highly-rated amenities and dining options for you and your family to enjoy. Whether you're looking for luxury, comfort, or fun, you'll be able to find that aboard Carnival, American Cruise Lines, or Silversea Cruises. When you're ready to book your cruise vacation simply email me or click on "Schedule a Consultation" above to get started!

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