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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  • August 10, 2017
    Have used this port a couple of times when going on a quick cruise. The terminal and parking process is a bit strange as that when you are shuttled or Uber to the port they make you get out of the car...  more »
  • August 6, 2017
    We departed on a Carnival Ecstasy cruise last Monday from Charleston. The port was easy to find and the staff did an excellent job of getting us parked and on board our ship in such an efficient manne...  more »
  • July 16, 2017
    It's the heat of the historic south, absolutely beautiful but quite pricey. I really like Charleston, it's beautiful.  more »
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  • April 22, 2017
    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.
  • January 13, 2017
    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.
  • March 29, 2017
    Very beautiful port took a cruise out of here to the Bahamas. It was very organized and easy to navigate.
  • May 30, 2017
    Went here to go on a cruise. The staff was helpful, efficient, and friendly.
  • January 14, 2017
    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.

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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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