2013 Charleston SC Cruise Ports
Some of the Charleston South Carolina cruises that may come and go from the Port of
Charleston include these sample voyages below.
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Consistently ranked as one of the top 10 tourism destinations in the
world by Conde Nast magazine, Charleston has what your cruise passengers
Preserved for 300 years, Charleston is a living museum. Here a ship's
passengers can step back in time to the eighteenth century, before the
Revolution, when Charleston was the seat of British rule and the
cultural capital of the New World.
There's so much to see and do in the Charleston area -- history,
architecture, arts, tours, dining, entertainment, plantations,
attractions, and the nation's finest Visitor Center are just a small
sampling of what's available. Charleston is truly a feast for the
The aspect of a Charleston port-call that passengers truly love is that
everything is within easy walking distance. The Passenger Terminal is
literally in the city's Historic District. Upon disembarking, passengers
are only two blocks from Charleston's famous public market.
Major Cruise lines offering Charleston South Carolina Cruises include:
Holland America Cruises
Cunard Cruise Line
Charleston has a lot to offer the cruise passenger. Whether the
cruise line is using the Port of Charleston as an origination point or a
port-of-call, passengers enjoy a number of outstanding extras:
The Port of Charleston offers cruise operators outstanding cruise
facilities located in the heart of one of the world’s premier tourist
destinations. We are capable of hosting any size cruise ship, and can
cater our operations to fit the needs or desires of any cruise ship
operations team. In fact, the QE2, the QM2, the Norway, the Majesty of
the Seas, and the Meridian, have all enjoyed our Charleston hospitality.
The Port of Charleston is well-situated to operate as an embark/debark
point for cruises in the South Atlantic including Bermuda, the Bahamas,
and the Eastern and Western Caribbean. The port city is also a fantastic
option for a port-of-call.
There are 33 major metropolitan areas within 5 1/2 hours and 350 driving
miles of Charleston. Click here for more information.
The terminal is within two miles of both Interstate 26 and U.S. Highway
17 and is easy to locate once in the city.
The Charleston region is home to world-class golf courses which have
hosted many national and international events, including the Ryder Cup.
The Passenger Terminal is located in the Historic District, offering
safe and easy touring near the ship.
The market area and its dozens of shops and restaurants are located only
one block away, and provide early arrivals an excellent way to pass the
A well-appointed Visitor Center is available nearby, as well as many
local tour services that will appeal to every interest.
Airline service and connections are competitive and the airport is only
20 minutes from the terminal.
For more information on Charleston's cruise business, call (843)
The Port of Charleston’s Cruise Passenger Terminal is located in
downtown Charleston in the heart of the historic district. It is easily
reached via several major routes into the city including Interstate 26,
Highway 17-South and Highway 17-North.
Long-term vehicle storage is available on Port property for cruise
passengers’ vehicles. Reservations are not required.
Vehicle storage is in controlled-access areas available only to cruise
passengers – not the general public. The sites are secured and patrolled
by Port Police during the cruise.
The vehicle storage fee chart for standard size vehicles up to 20 feet
4-day cruise = $60.00
5-day cruise = $75.00
6-day cruise = $90.00
7-day cruise = $105.00
8-day cruise = $120.00
9-day cruise = $135.00
10-day cruise = $150.00
11-day cruise = $165.00
12-day cruise = $180.00
The vehicle storage fee for oversized vehicles over 20 feet length
(campers, RV’s, buses) is $35.00 per day.
Complimentary storage is provided at no fee for vehicles displaying a
valid handicap placard or license plate with ID.
Cash, credit card, travelers’ check or personal check are the current
accepted forms of payment. The total storage fee is due when the vehicle
is left in storage.
Checks should be made payable to the S.C. State Ports Authority. Checks
written on non-U.S. banks and financial institutions are not accepted.
A color-coded claim ticket and permit is given to the driver when
payment is received. The larger permit should be displayed in the front
window of the vehicle.
The smaller claim ticket should be kept by the driver. It will help
identify the storage area on the return date.
A complimentary shuttle bus is provided between the vehicle storage
areas and the Passenger Terminal on both departure and return dates of
the cruise. The shuttles provide a comfortable way to arrive at the
check-in location and return to the vehicle storage areas at the end of
Shuttles accessible for special needs and wheelchair assistance are also