Silversea Luxury Cruises To Charleston, South Carolina

Charleston, South Carolina

Wandering through the city's famous Historic District, you would swear it is a movie set. Dozens of church steeples punctuate the low skyline, and horse-drawn carriages pass centuries-old mansions and town houses, their stately salons offering a crystal-laden and parquet-floored version of Southern comfort. Outside, magnolia-filled gardens overflow with carefully tended heirloom plants. At first glance, the city may resemble a 19th-century etching come to life—but look closer and you'll see that block after block of old structures have been restored. View more

Happily, after three centuries of wars, epidemics, fires, and hurricanes, Charleston has prevailed and is now one of the South's best-preserved cities.Although it’s home to Fort Sumter, where the bloodiest war in the nation's history began, Charleston is also famed for its elegant houses. These handsome mansions are showcases for the "Charleston style," a distinctive look that is reminiscent of the West Indies, and for good reason. Before coming to the Carolinas in the late 17th century, many early British colonists first settled on Barbados and other Caribbean islands. In that warm and humid climate they built homes with high ceilings and rooms opening onto broad "piazzas" (porches) at each level to catch sea breezes. As a result, to quote the words of the Duc de La Rochefoucauld, who visited in 1796, "One does not boast in Charleston of having the most beautiful house, but the coolest."Preserved through the hard times that followed the Civil War and an array of natural disasters, many of Charleston's earliest public and private buildings still stand. Thanks to a rigorous preservation movement and strict architectural guidelines, the city's new structures blend in with the old. In many cases, recycling is the name of the game—antique handmade bricks literally lay the foundation for new homes. But although locals do dwell—on certain literal levels—in the past, the city is very much a town of today.Take, for instance, the internationally heralded Spoleto Festival USA. For 17 days every spring, arts patrons from around the world come to enjoy international concerts, dance performances, operas, and plays at various venues citywide. Day in and day out, diners can feast at upscale restaurants, shoppers can look for museum-quality paintings and antiques, and lovers of the outdoors can explore Charleston's outlying beaches, parks, and waterways. But as cosmopolitan as the city has become, it's still the South, and just beyond the city limits are farm stands cooking up boiled peanuts, the state's official snack.

An Introduction to Silversea Cruises

The romance of the seas, small ship sizes and intimate atmosphere, Silversea has long been a leader in the ultra-luxury market. Travelling to both iconic and secluded ports, Silversea’s award-winning itineraries inspire wanderlust and exploration. With over 900 destinations, longer port stays and more late-night departures than ever before, even the savviest traveler will find something new. A butler for every suite, a complimentary in-suite bar stocked with your preferences, all-inclusive exquisite dining, award-winning onboard entertainment and an unparalleled space to guest ratio all contribute to the Silversea experience. Not forgetting our famed Italian hospitality, where new faces become old friends. Bienvenuti a bordo.

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Montreal To Fort Lauderdale, Florida
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    Oct 30, 2018
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Quebec City To Fort Lauderdale, Florida
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  • Silversea Expeditions
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    Sep 25, 2019
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    Silver Cloud Expedition

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Montreal To Charleston, South Carolina
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    Oct 29, 2019
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Excursions in Charleston, South Carolina

Middleton Place Behind the Ropes

This tour takes you to Middleton Place, a Registered National Historic Landmark and the plantation home of the Middleton family since 1741. Stroll with your expert guide through the magnificent Formal Gardens (the oldest in America) laid out by Henry Middleton in 1741. Explore the stable yards; a living outdoor museum where the behind-the scenes story of life on an 18th century plantation is told with animals, artifacts, and craft exhibits. Take a special "Behind the Ropes Tour" of the remaining flanker of the Middleton House furnished with heirlooms from the Middleton family. On this in depth tour, conducted by a senior staff member, you will explore the Middleton family history through the important house museum collections. This collection holds view seldom seen objects such as the 18th century clothing, additional photographs and collections not on view to the general public in the Middleton Archives and Collections storage room.



Please note: This tour involves a moderate amount of activity and is not suitable for those with limited mobility or those who utilise a wheelchair. This tour involves walking and guests are advised to wear comfortable walking shoes (no high heels).

A Taste of the Lowcountry Culinary Walking Tour with Tasting

This tour gives you insight into some of the best loved aspects of Southern Life. The stately and genteel surroundings and homes of this area, combined with the delicious flavours that are distinctive to the Lowcountry.


Begin with stroll with your guide down lovely streets and lanes and view the marvelous architecture of homes built more than a century ago. Peek into the lush gardens of this quaint old city and breathe the aroma of tea olive and magnolia.


After your walking tour, proceed to Charleston Cooks. This fun and informative demonstration class gives you a wonderful glimpse into the flavours and heritage of Lowcountry cuisine. After your knowledgeable chef demonstrates a couple of delicious regional recipes, you will be able to have a generous tasting of these Lowcourntry dishes as you sip a glass of wine.


Please note: This tour involves a moderate amount of walking and may not be suitable for guests with limited mobiliy or those who utilise a wheelchair. Minimum age is 8 years; minors must be accompanied by their parent. Guests under 21 years of age will not be offered alcohol of any kind. This tour involves walk and guests are advised to wear weather appropriate clothing and suitable walking shoes.

Fort Sumter & the Civil War in Charleston

Step back in time to the 1860's, to the height of the American Civil War. You will travel by boat to Fort Sumter where the Civil War began. As you cruise through Charleston's beautiful harbour, view the elegant homes along the Battery and watch the sea gulls and dolphins play in the harbour. Upon arrival at Fort Sumter your guide, well versed in Civil War History, will take you on an informative tour of this famous bastion and its marvelous museum. After a leisurely boat ride back to the mainland, explore the Old city. As you travel through the streets of Charleston, pass beautiful old homes, magnificent churches and grand public buildings. Your guide will bring your surroundings to life with stories about its role in the War Between the States. Visit Battery which was fortified during the War, the site of the building where the Ordinance of Secession was signed, the Confederate Museum which houses artifacts from the war and the Old Citadel.


Please note: This tour involves and extensive amount of walking. This tour is not suitable for guests who have limited mobility and those who utilise a wheelchair.