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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  • Have taken cruises out of different ports. Charleston was by far the worst. Drop off luggage, then have to come back later, and then a hour later you can come back and finally park. Paid $80.00 to par...  more »
  • Not much to see in terms of a tourist attraction. Parking is available and it’s Where the crises come in .  more »
  • Apart from finding the port parking (which was our mistake) - the port was great. Maze to get to the parking area (weird, but didn't mind) but then the people were efficient, got you in and to the shi...  more »
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  • First time 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Very beautiful port took a cruise out of here to the Bahamas. It was very organized and easy to navigate.
  • Came in on a Carnival ship. Very short walk to historic area of Charleston. Nice not to worry about additional transportation for good shopping and sights.

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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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