South Carolina State Ports Authority officials have adjusted the planning schedule for the cruise terminal opening next year. In late October the South Carolina State Ports Authority held a forum to hear from the public on their concerns and input with the new Union Pier Cruise Terminal to be completed by May. The public suggested to develop a traffic management plan, to create a welcoming terminal for visitors, to consider view corridors, green space, and public use in and around terminal, and to coordinate this plan with other plans.
After this meeting, the port has adjusted its study and evaluation time to allow more room for planning. They have also created a team to analyze the best ways to accomplish the goals for the new terminal and how it will best serve the people. Next spring, Carnival Cruise Lines will homeport its 2,000-passenger Fantasy ship in Charleston.