Cunard cruise ship in Charleston; Queen Victoria had to nix 2007 port call

The 964-foot-long Queen Victoria is operated by Cunard Line.

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A cruise ship that had to scrap a Charleston port call from a 2007 voyage is visiting the city.

Cunard Line’s Queen Victoria is at Union Pier Terminal near the City Market.

It can carry about 2,000 passengers and 1,000 crew members.

The 964-foot-long vessel arrived from Port Canaveral, Fla. It’s scheduled to sail Thursday afternoon for New York City. From there, it will spend seven days at sea on its way to the cruise’s final destination in Southampton, U.K., on May 3.

The Queen Victoria was supposed to stop in Charleston in early December 2007 as part of a 16-day trans-Atlantic voyage. But it had cancel that part of the itinerary because U.S. Customs and Border Protection wasn’t able to provide to handle the necessary clearance procedures in a timely manner.

At issue was the large number of foreign nationals and crew who were on board the Queen Victoria, combined with the ship’s relatively brief seven-hour port call. Everyone would have had to clear customs, even if they didn’t leave the ship. That included being photographed and fingerprinted and having all passports checked.