CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - Charleston is one step closer to building a new passenger cruise ship terminal near the aquarium.
The city council unanimously approved the new plans at a meeting Tuesday night. The ports authority will foot the bill to move the terminal farther away from Market Street where it is currently located.
The move will reduce traffic problems and give passengers a more positive impression of the city, according to officials.
The new terminal would have plenty of space for parking and end the traffic snarls that sometimes occur when ships call. Mayor Joe Riley says a shuttle bus will take cruise passengers around town.
Authority chairman and CEO Jim Newsome says he hopes the new terminal can be open in two years or so.
Carnival Cruise Lines this spring will permanently base its 2,056-passenger Carnival Fantasy in Charleston. There will be 67 cruise calls in the city this year.