Charleston, SC - CHARLESTON, SC (AP) - South Carolina is ushering in a new era of tourism with the first cruise liner to be permanently based in the state.
The Carnival Cruise Lines Carnival Fantasy arrived in port Tuesday morning as a sail boat fired a gun in salute and a tug boat escorting the ship sent arcs of water spraying into the air.
The Fantasy carries 2,056-passengers. She will sail from Charleston year-round and the first cruise leaves later Tuesday.
This year, there will be 67 cruise calls in Charleston.
The State Ports Authority is making plans to open a new cruise terminal in a renovated building on the waterfront.
A study for the authority in February found the cruise industry will mean $37 million for the state economy this year.