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South Carolina Holidays

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Swoon Scarlett O’Hara style at the stunning waterfront mansions along the historic Battery.

Find out about the lives of plantation slaves at the Aiken-Rhett House, Boone Hall Plantation and Old Slave Mart Museum.

Visit the ‘basket ladies’ of Charleston City Market, who weave baskets out of local sweetgrass.

Soak up the Southern charm in Charleston, South Carolina, where the cobblestone streets, carriage rides and grand plantation houses will take you on a trip back in time. Shiver at stories of ghosts, pirates and Civil War skirmishes on a walking tour of the city, or take a boat ride past lovely beaches and islands, spotting dolphins offshore.

Ogle the ornate treasures of historic homes on your Charleston holiday, such as Nathaniel Russell House, Middleton Place and Drayton Hall, or look out for alligators and otters in beautiful Magnolia Plantation and Gardens.

Cycle across Ravenel Bridge, snap the giant pineapple fountain in Waterfront Park and discover Civil War relics at White Point Garden, The Battery and Fort Sumter. Mouth-watering food is everywhere here, so try buttermilk fried chicken and she-crab soup for a true taste of the South.

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When can we take you to South Carolina?

Our ships travel around the world so there are times when they won’t be present in this country. The calendar shows you when one or more ships are departing on a cruise itinerary to South Carolina. New itineraries will be added, so it’s worth checking back.

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Charleston (South Carolina), U.S.
Charleston (South Carolina), U.S.

Have a ball in historic Charleston, where Civil War heritage, grand plantation houses, beaches, fun festivals and mouth-watering food will have you charmed. It’s famous for its friendly vibe too.

What ships can I choose for my South Carolina cruise?

    Our ships travel around the world so there are times when they won’t be present in this location. so it’s worth checking back.

    Make the most of your holiday to South Carolina with our amazing shore excursions

    With expert local guides, easy 24-hour cancellations, plus guaranteed first off ship and return-to-ship if your tour is delayed, our tailor-made shore excursions allow you to experience each incredible destination in a whole new way.

    On cruises to South Carolina you can delve into dramatic Civil War history, tour a fascinating plantation house or enjoy a kayaking adventure on Charleston’s lovely Shem Creek, looking out for amazing wildlife along the way. To book the best of holidays to South Carolina, see our most popular excursions below.

    Fort Sumter and The Civil War in Charleston

    Delve into Charleston’s captivating Civil War heritage on a guided tour of Fort Sumter, where the war’s first shots rang in 1861. Rangers from the National Park Service will tell you about the fort’s construction and what life was like for Confederate soldiers.

    Boone Hall Plantation

    Explore Charleston’s history on a guided tour of Boone Hall Plantation. Tour the Colonial Revival plantation house, see the old slave quarters, watch the flower ladies making sweetgrass baskets, view antique furnishings and visit the butterfly pavilion.

    Kayaking on Shem Creek

    Delight in a dynamic day on the water with a kayak adventure around Charleston’s Shem Creek, alongside a trained naturalist. Pass by Mount Pleasant’s shrimp boats and beautiful marshland, see nesting birds and look out for dolphins, manatees and sea turtles.

    Why book a shore excursion with us?

    Guaranteed first off ship

    Book a tour and you’ll enjoy priority departure in port.

    Guaranteed Return To ship

    If our tours are delayed, the ship will wait for you!

    Safety First

    All our shore excursions are planned by insured partners, who adhere to the highest safety standards in the industry.

    Official blog - spotlight on your South Carolina cruise

    Stay up-to-date with the latest posts from the Official Royal Caribbean Blog dedicated to bringing you travel tips, news and information on over 260 destinations.

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