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Charleston

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Overview

Founded in 1670, Charleston (also known as "Little London") is a truly magnificent city in the Southeast United States. Charleston is rich with history, romance, tradition and culture. In fact, Charleston is often considered one of the "must see" destinations in the United States.

Currently, only two of the world's major cruise lines offer cruises departing from Charleston (Carnival Cruise Lines and Norwegian Cruise Line).


Destinations
The following destinations can be visited on a cruise leaving from Charleston, South Carolina:
Bahamas
Bermuda
Caribbean (Western)
River Cruises


Cruise Lines Departing Here
American Cruise Lines
Carnival Cruise Lines
Norwegian Cruise Line



Currency
The official currency of the United States is the dollar.


Language
The official language is English.


Tourist Attractions
Charleston is often referred to as a "living museum," as it is hundreds of years old and its historical sites have been kept in amazing condition. In fact, Conde Nast has named Charleston as one of the top ten places to visit in the United States for many years in a row now.

The Downtown District of Charleston is historic, filled with many famous landmarks. For instance, there are 18th century homes and plantations, museums, churches and the city market.

The Battery, also called Battery Park, is one of the most beautiful locations in the US. This area is near the waterfront of the downtown Charleston area, and is bordered by the Ashley and Cooper Rivers. White
Point Gardens, a park, is located within The Battery. This area features many historic homes, statues and monuments. This area also offers great views of Fort Sumter, Castle Pickney and Sullivan's Island.

There are many "firsts" in Charleston. For example, Charleston is home to the America's first golf course, Harleston Green, and the first golf club, The South Carolina Golf Club. Drayton Hall, America's first plantation, is also located in the Charleston area.

North Charleston is the transportation and business center of South Carolina. In this area you will find the Charleston Convention Center Complex and the International Airport. North Charleston offers sporting events, concerts and Broadway plays.



Port Location & Parking Fees
The Port of Charleston is located about 13 miles from the Charleston International Airport. It's about a 20 minute drive, depending on traffic.

Shuttle service is available at the airport for about $35 per person for the first two passengers, and then $10 per person for each additional passenger (rates subject to change).
Another option is to purchase ground transfers through the cruise line.

Address:
Port of Charleston
Union Pier Passenger Terminal
196 Concord Street
Charleston, SC 29401

Parking Fees (subject to change):
$10 per day
 
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