Carnival Cruise Lines, which launches its Charleston home port voyages next week, plans six sailings from the Holy City to Bermuda next year.

The six-day cruises start at $399 on board the Fantasy and mark the only local service to the island, about 650 miles east of Cape Hatteras, N.C.

Charleston is getting six of Carnival's 16 departures to Bermuda, more than the other home ports of Baltimore, New York and Norfolk, Va.

The locally based voyages will call at King's Wharf, and the first embarks April 23, 2011. The others sail on May 19, June 16, Aug. 25, Sept. 15 and Oct. 6, according to Carnival.

Passengers who leave from Charleston will have two days to explore Bermuda.

Carnival said the six sailings will mark its first ever between Charleston and the British overseas territory.

The Miami-based line announced last year that, for the first time in Charleston port history, a ship would sail weekly from the State Ports Authority's Union Pier terminal -- and sometimes more often than that.

The 2,056-passenger Fantasy launches the first of its five-, six- and seven-day voyages to the Bahamas and Key West, Fla., on May 18.

Carnival will bring as many as 70 calls per year to the downtown cruise terminal, which will effectively double the current number of annual cruises.

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