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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  • We cruised on the Ecstasy in august. The port was a maze trying to get through it. It zigzag and zagged. The crew members were very nice and helped. You park in a warehouse and then take a bus over to...  more »
  • The drive through is a crazy maze that zig zags around. No trouble parking...$20 per day, you park in a warehouse. You can either walk or take a bus to the boat. We took the bus only because we had ou...  more »
  • 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 »
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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.

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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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