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Wilmington - USA, N Carolina

Wilmington is the major port of North Carolina on the Cape Fear River near its mouth on the Atlantic Ocean. Places of interest include a film studio, the Burgwin-Wright House, which served (1781) during the American War of Independence as the headquarters of the British general Charles Cornwallis, and the USS North Carolina, a World War II battleship. You may also visit Old Wilmington, a restored historic district of Victorian and antebellum vintage, now listed on the National Registry of Historic Places. Wilmington was established circa 1732 and named after the British official Spencer Compton, Earl of Wilmington. It was always a major port and has been the site of many battles and sieges, including the first armed resistance to the Stamp Act of 1765 and the Battle of Moore's Creek Bridge in February 1776. During the Civil War, Wilmington was a vital Confederate seaport for blockade-running ships, and was the last Confederate port to close with the fall of nearby Fort Fisher in April 1865. Visit Fort Fisher, where you may see the ruins of vessels that dot the shoals along the mouth of the Cape Fear River, and Bellamy Mansion, the 22 room landmark built in 1859 and commandeered by Federal troops in 1865 The following 10 cruises call at Wilmington. Discover more by clicking the cruise name or ship or click the Enquire button if you want to check availability and pricing.