New Cruise Terminal to be Built
Elissa Jarvis, Lead Reporter Monday, January 23, 2012
Want to take a cruise ship out of South Carolina for the Caribbean? A new passenger cruise terminal to be built in Charleston will do just that. Carnival Cruise lines already has one year-round cruise ship, Fantasy, docking in Charleston. The new terminal, which is estimated to cost $35 million, would allow more cruise ships to use Charleston as a docking station. The port of Charleston is mostly used for bulk cargo and containerized goods, but the new terminal would be primarily for passenger cruises. The new terminal would mean a larger influx of tourists coming in and out of Charleston on a weekly basis.
Not everyone, however, is for the proposed terminal. A lawsuit has been filed with the South Carolina Supreme court arguing that the cruise liners are a public nuisance, violate city ordinances and essentially are illegal hotel operations. The lawsuit also argues that the passenger cruises disrupt the quiet historic city life of Charleston.
So would you take a cruise out of Charleston?