16-21, 2019


Cruising 101

Here’s what you need to know…


Five night cruise from Charleston, South Carolina to the Caribbean
November 16-21, 2019

Friday Night Kick-Off Party
November 15, 2019


Day 1: We depart from the ports of Charleston, SC and start our epic voyage to the Caribbean aboard the beautiful Carnival Sunshine
Day 2: We spend a full day at sea, partying it up the CCMF way; jam packed full of fun and amazing country entertainment!
Day 3: We arrive in beautiful Nassau, Bahamas for a day packed with options to suit whatever kind of activities you’re looking for.
Day 4: We move the party to another stunning island, Princess Cays, Bahamas, to enjoy the sun, sites, and CCMF style fun!
Day 5: We’re back on the seas, cruising our way back to the Carolinas. But don’t worry, we’re going to end this trip in style!
Day 6: When you wake up (assuming you go to bed), you’ll be back in Charleston, ready to plan for next year!


Carolina Country Music Fest takes to the high seas for the ultimate country music party aboard the Carnival Sunshine!


The industry’s biggest stars will be joining us! Stay tuned for more details coming soon!


After the initial $250 per person deposit there are 3 plans to choose from:

2 equal payments – January 15, 2019 and the final due May 15, 2019.

3 equal payments – December 15, 2018, March 15, 2019 and the final due May 15, 2019.

Equal monthly payments – the 15th of every month with the final payment due May 15, 2019.


Currently. when cruising you do not HAVE to have a passport but that may change. What you will need is your Birth Certificate with a raised seal (from the courthouse not the hospital, baby feet don’t fly) and a valid government issued photo I.D. or a valid passport with 3 months validity after travel.


Booking takes place for all past and current CCMF ticket holders on September 10, 2018. The general public sale is open to book on September 12, 2018 right here on


Just like any Carnival cruise ship, you can use your room key to pay for all your on board expenses.


Tons of fun, free entertainment. It’s going to be like a floating mini Nashville!


Port of Charleston
Union Pier Terminal, 32 Washington Street, Charleston, South Carolina 29401

The Cruise Ship Passenger Terminal is located in downtown Charleston in the heart of the historic district. It is easily reached via several major routes into the City. The major routes into Charleston are via Interstate 26, Highway 17-South, Highway 17-North and I-526.

Permanent highway signs are posted along the travel route to help direct passengers to Union Pier and the cruise ship facilities. Some signs are the standard green highway signs posted along major routes and exit ramps. Others are smaller sized brown and white signs with the international cruise ship symbol and arrows showing the direction to travel in the downtown area to the cruise terminal.

Gate #2 – Intersection of Concord and Laurens Streets -Charleston, South Carolina – is the general entry point for passengers in personal vehicles. This is the entry gate for individuals driving their own vehicles and planning to leave them parked at the Port or passengers being dropped off by family or friends.

Union Pier Main Gate – 32 Washington Street – is the designated entry point for for taxis, hotel limo/vans, airport services and charter bus groups.

Rates are subject to change and parking pricing is dictated via the port.

  • $20.00 USD per day – for standard vehicles up to 20 feet in length
  • $50.00 USD per day – for oversized vehicles over 20 feet in length (RV’s, Campers and busses)
    The Port of Charleston features both covered and non-covered parking in a safe and secure location. A complimentary shuttle bus is provided between the vehicle parking area and the cruise terminal on both departure and return dates of the cruise. Shuttles accessible for special needs and wheelchair assistance are also available. Please note, guests have the option to walk as well.
  • Vehicle parking is available on port property, in a controlled access area available to cruise passengers – not the general public
  • The site is secured and patrolled by the Port Police during the cruise
  • Pre-pay parking is a simple and convenient way to take care of your parking arrangements in advance. To pre-pay your parking now, simply visit
  • If you prefer to pay for your parking on the day of your cruise, full payment is due upon entering the parking area. The following forms of payment are accepted: Credit Card, Debit Card, Traveler’s Check, Personal Check or Money Order (made payable to S.C. State Ports Authority). Checks written on non-U.S banks and financial institutions are not accepted
  • A color-coded claim ticket and permit is given to the driver upon entering the parking area. The larger permit should be displayed in the front window of the vehicle. The smaller claim ticket should be kept by the driver. It will help identify the parking area on the return date
  • Advance reservations are not required
  • Parking for handicap accessible vehicles with valid permits, license plates and placards
    For more information, visit and click on ‘Cruises‘.

Arrival Tips

  • Uniformed Port Police Officers will be along the travel route to the vehicle parking areas and the Cruise Ship Terminal. They will direct you to the appropriate lane, based on the situation.
  • Keep your boarding pass, photo ID and proof of citizenship with you and easily accessible as it will be needed for entry to all support areas, shuttles buses and for check-in at the cruise terminal.
  • Vehicles and luggage will be accepted at the Union Pier Terminal starting at 11:30am. All passengers and luggage must go to the Union Pier luggage collection site before check-in.
  • Complimentary shuttle service is provided for all passengers between the port parking areas and the Cruise Ship Terminal.


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