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Port of Charleston, Charleston

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The Port of Charleston is a seaport located in South Carolina in the Southeastern United States. The port's facilities span three municipalities — Charleston, North Charleston, and Mount Pleasant — with five public terminals owned and operated by the South Carolina Ports Authority. These facilities handle containers; motor vehicles; and other rolling stock, non-containerized goods and project cargo, as well as Charleston's cruise ship operation. Additional facilities in the port are privately owned and operated, handling bulk commodities like petroleum, coal and steel.
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Where to stay in Charleston

Charleston is serviced by dozens of local hotels and practically every major U.S. chain. Expect to pay top dollar for a room on the downtown peninsula, particularly if you wish to stay in one of the historic hotels. The upside of taking a room there is the proximity of all major attractions--you won't need a car to explore and enjoy your visit. Less expensive options are available in North Charleston, West Ashley, and Mount Pleasant, where you'll find all kinds of inns for the budget-conscious traveler.
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  • Hi there, I went and loved on a cruise from the Port of Charleston! It was so much fun, everything ran pretty smoothly! We enjoyed everyone who worked at the dock and the Carnival workers as well! The...  more »
  • We arrived at the port as part of a bus tour. We did not have a problem entering the terminal. We entered the terminal and we progressed through the process with no problems. The problem came with lea...  more »
  • Port of Charleston was smooth. Seen other negative reviews, but we found as long as u have ur ID & All ur documents printed, including boarding passes & luggage tags, you'll b fine. Followed the maze ...  more »
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  • An okay port experience, prior to a Carnival Cruise. Parking was convenient and safe. Staff are well trained to guide large numbers of patrons through the port and process of checking bags, etc.
  • Great views, easy to get on and off of the ship. I would have liked advanced notice that the parking garage was so close to the terminal though. It is easily within walking distance as long as you don't have a lot of luggage. I wasn't a fan of waiting for the bus, boarding with 80 other people and their stuff, and then driving three minuets to the terminal.
  • Very beautiful port took a cruise out of here to the Bahamas. It was very organized and easy to navigate.
  • Went here to go on a cruise. The staff was helpful, efficient, and friendly.
  • First visiting here for a cruise. A little confusing navigating. A long wait to enter with car, but considering how many people were trying I really shouldn't complain. Better than driving to Florida.