Cruise ship making calls in Charleston

CHARLESTON, SC (AP) - An early sign of the future for Charleston will be presented when the cruise ship Celebrity Mercury makes a port call.

Celebrity Mercury stops on Monday at the state's passenger terminal in Charleston. The ship with 1,852 passengers spends the day in the city port before sailing for Key West on Monday afternoon.

The South Carolina State Ports Authority is working with Charleston in developing plans to build a new passenger cruise terminal to handle a growing cruise business in the state. Beginning this spring, Carnival Cruise Lines permanently bases its 2,056-passenger cruise liner Carnival Fantasy in the city.

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