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Putting the knowledge of this group to the test. I could google, and find out, im sure....but Id rather ask here.  Currently, to my knowledge, only Carnival sails in and out of Charleston, SC. I love the idea of having a port so close to home, and would LOVE for there to be a RC offering out of that port. How are the ports determined, and would it ever be a possibility for there to be an RC offering out of Charleston?  

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I have NO answer to this question but I am absolutely curious about the answer myself!  I know that they have Grandeur sailing out of Baltimore which is like a 3.5 hour drive for us depending on traffic on 95.  But it would also be nice to have the option to sail out of Charleston, I know that they used to but it sure would be nice if they would return! 

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On this one.... the ship that sails out of Charleston is one of Carnivals smaller ships.  There are plans in the next two years to expand the port area in this location but not sure what size ship would be able to come to this port.  BUT i am always asking this at sales meetings because I love a driveable port!  Allows you to cruise more often.

And Rock Hill..... My son lives there!  I am there a few times a year.  great place you are at !

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Grew up in Charleston and live a short drive away.  I would love for RC to home port there.

The current very old passenger terminal is too small for many of the newer ships.  Currently, Carnival Sunshine is based out of Charleston.  The Sunshine replaced the Ecstasy in the last year or so.

There are plans to build a new passenger terminal with parking.  These plans have been on hold for many years due to obstruction by folks opposed to expansion of the cruise industry in Charleston.

Plans to widen and deepen the channel have been approved this month.  This improvement manly benefits the container-ship port as the current depth and width of the channel is good for most cruise ships.

I believe that Charleston will not see any other ships homeported until a new terminal with parking is constructed.

The old mayor was in favor of a new terminal, but the current mayor is not.

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1 hour ago, AnnetteJackson said:

I love a driveable port!  Allows you to cruise more often.

I would think, from a sales stand point, this would be a HUGE benefit to RC.  It would open up cruising to more and more people. Not everyone can afford to pay cruise fare, AND purchase airline tickets. I would think they would want to spread out the options to make it more available to more people. 

 

1 hour ago, AnnetteJackson said:

And Rock Hill..... My son lives there!  I am there a few times a year.  great place you are at !

....and getting better, all the time. Its changed A LOT just in the last few years. You should check out Legal Remedy Brewery, for lunch or dinner, next time youre here. Its by far my favorite spot for beer (they serve a local hard cider, also) and food (pub nachos with pulled pork....amazing). 

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4 minutes ago, SteveinSC said:

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....and getting better, all the time. Its changed A LOT just in the last few years. You should check out Legal Remedy Brewery, for lunch or dinner, next time youre here. Its by far my favorite spot for beer (they serve a local hard cider, also) and food (pub nachos with pulled pork....amazing). 

You should stop by Dust off Brewing CO - look for the bald bar tender with a beard - that is my son.  Tell Jonathan that his mom and MATT sent you 🙂

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7 minutes ago, AnnetteJackson said:

You should stop by Dust off Brewing CO - look for the bald bar tender with a beard - that is my son.  Tell Jonathan that his mom and MATT sent you 🙂

Ive been to Dust Off several times!!!  Awesome place!!!  Ill definitely look for him next time im in there.  

Keep pushing at those sales meetings for them to use Chucktown!!!  Weve decided to stick with RC going forward, to build our Crown and Anchor status....but boy is it hard to pass up a Bahamas weekend cruise where I can be off the boat, and home by lunch at the end. 

 

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This is a pretty good article that, to me, sounds like local residents are concerned about the "What ifs" and things that will affect them, pertaining to the construction, added traffic, and potential nuisances of being so close to ships and the terminal. Not sure if anything has been determined, beyond this.     

https://www.postandcourier.com/news/how-the-sc-supreme-court-defines-affected-to-determine-charleston/article_5c24c93e-8bc9-11e9-9ba2-2329c72fa493.html

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I understand their concerns, but the plan calls for the new terminal to replace the existing cargo terminal.  Large cargo ships, trucks and trains are at the current terminal 24/7 along with large cargo cranes that cover the sky line. 

The issue went to the SC Supreme court this past summer.  I do not believe the court has issued a ruling on the current state permits. 

The Army Corps of Engineers permits are being challenged on the federal court side as well.

I believe it will happen, but may take several more years before ground is broke.

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1 minute ago, wstephensi said:

Large cargo ships, trucks and trains are at the current terminal 24/7 along with large cargo cranes that cover the sky line. 

 

I thought about that. Literally, every time ive been downtown, there are huge cargo ships there, and the cranes are loading and unloading.  I would think that the cruiseships arent much more, or less, a "nuisance" and the added revenue from added tourism would be welcomed.....buuuuuuuut....I dont have to live there, either. So...... 

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I'd love an RCI cruise from Charleston! Even a smaller ship would be fine with me. In fact, we prefer smaller to mid-sized vessles. We are in NC so that's an easy drive to port for us. I miss RCI going out of Newport, VA. The rest of the ports are quite far from NC. Baltimore being the closest drive. 

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There are some other options.  A new cruise terminal could be built up the river in North Charleston.  It would remove many of the concerns of the SNOB's (Slightly North Of Broad Street), but would require buses and/or ferries to move passengers to downtown.  As it is now you get off the ship just a block (blocks in Charleston are very small)from The Market and can walk about anywhere you want downtown.

No work has been done on that solution to the best of my knowledge and would have to start from scratch.

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We visited Charleston earlier this year on Grandeur, loved it!  We'd go back for a land vacation, definitely.  The port area was pretty small, with not a lot of parking for a large ship.  It may be a good choice for one of Royal's smaller ships, like Majesty or Empress in the future.  I'm not sure though that there is enough parking for two ships to be sailing out at the same time.  But there may be more that I just didn't see.  Wasn't exactly looking for that at the time.  LOL 

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21 minutes ago, KathyC said:

We visited Charleston earlier this year on Grandeur, loved it!  We'd go back for a land vacation, definitely.  The port area was pretty small, with not a lot of parking for a large ship.  It may be a good choice for one of Royal's smaller ships, like Majesty or Empress in the future.  I'm not sure though that there is enough parking for two ships to be sailing out at the same time.  But there may be more that I just didn't see.  Wasn't exactly looking for that at the time.  LOL 

Yeah, there are currently two more sailings on Grandeur with stops in Charleston.....but I cant locate anymore. Charleston is my favorite city, and my wife and I got married there. Its a FANTASTIC place, full of culture, scenery, and FOOD. What it DOES lack, as you noted, is parking. They would have to build a pretty sizable parking structure, which im not sure a large parking structure is even possible in downtown due to zoning, and desires of property owners.  Charleston is a small, big town. There are a lot of obstacles in place, regarding expanding and growing the cruise terminal. It may just have to remain a dream.....

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1 hour ago, SteveinSC said:

Yeah, there are currently two more sailings on Grandeur with stops in Charleston.....but I cant locate anymore. Charleston is my favorite city, and my wife and I got married there. Its a FANTASTIC place, full of culture, scenery, and FOOD. What it DOES lack, as you noted, is parking. They would have to build a pretty sizable parking structure, which im not sure a large parking structure is even possible in downtown due to zoning, and desires of property owners.  Charleston is a small, big town. There are a lot of obstacles in place, regarding expanding and growing the cruise terminal. It may just have to remain a dream.....

Grandeur is being replaced with Enchantment, so maybe she will be coming instead.

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4 minutes ago, KathyC said:

Grandeur is being replaced with Enchantment, so maybe she will be coming instead.

I suspect it will. I was mistaken about the number....not 2, currently at 18 scheduled. This is the itinerary that the stop is on, so I cant imagine they will change it just because of the ship changing.  

https://www.royalcaribbean.com/cruises/itinerary/8-night-southeast-coast-perfect-day-from-baltimore-on-grandeur/GR08BWI-3213887477?sail-date=2021-04-15&currency=USD

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We did the 7 night Bermuda & Charleston.  So much fun, but didn't like the Sat-Sun overnight in Bermuda. We had 25 hours, but in the Dockyard.  All aboard was 1pm Sunday, which didn't give a lot of time off ship that day.  Ferries and buses start running late on Sundays. 😞 

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3 hours ago, KathyC said:

We visited Charleston earlier this year on Grandeur, loved it!  We'd go back for a land vacation, definitely.  The port area was pretty small, with not a lot of parking for a large ship.  It may be a good choice for one of Royal's smaller ships, like Majesty or Empress in the future.  I'm not sure though that there is enough parking for two ships to be sailing out at the same time.  But there may be more that I just didn't see.  Wasn't exactly looking for that at the time.  LOL 

You are correct.  There is barely enough for one ship.  Much of it in a gravel lot.  The plan for a new terminal would include a parking garage currently where the cargo terminal warehouses are.  With the advent of containerized shipping those warehouses are under used.

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Charleston is a great city for a port call.  I've voiced much of my knowledge on a new port terminal.  Would anyone like to know something about Charleston?  

I grew up there, attended The Citadel and MUSC, was a city tour guide and horse cop.  I've flopped, boarded and stayed in many place down town.

Questions?

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