Charleston (South Carolina)

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Charleston cruise port

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Charleston Cruise Ship Passenger Terminal, Union Pier Terminal, 196 Concord Street, Charleston, SC 29401

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Charleston cruise port is located on the Atlantic coast of the United States. It is the central coast of South Carolina, on the estuaries where the Cooper River meets Ashley River. Port of Savannah, Georgia, is 138 km in northeast direction, Port of Wilmington, North Carolina is 245 km in southwest direction from Charleston cruise port. The city of Charleston is home to 112,000 people (as of 2008).

Carnival Fantasy cruises all year round from Charleston cruise port with detonations Eastern Caribbean, Bahamas and Bermuda.

Highlights: Colonial houses & gardens, Historic district, Plantation Houses

Charleston cruise terminal

Charleston cruise port map (printable)

Charleston cruise port terminal is located in the historic district of Charleston, the city downtown. It is easily accessible via Highway 17-North, Highway 17-South and Interstate 26. The airport is 20 minutes from the terminal.

Charleston cruise port terminal is at Union Pier. Charleston is a popular destination for the tourist for more than a hundred years. The first cruise ship visit the pier in 1913. The port is homeport for Carnival Fantasy from May 2010.

The current building dates from 1973. South Carolina Ports Authority operates Charleston cruise port terminal.

The plan for development of Charleston cruise port terminal includes the opening of new building. It will be at the Union pier terminal northern end. The old southern end part of the building will be redeveloped. The 12 hectare space will be with no maritime use. It will serve the residents of Charleston in order to increase the access to the oceanfront.

The Concept plan also includes relocating of any cargo operation from Union Pier. It will serve only as Charleston cruise port pier.

Parking: available long–term for vehicles of passengers. Reservations are not required. Rate: $17.00 per day

Charleston tours, shore excursions, hotels

City Tours and Shore Excursions

  • Fort Sumter: located in the Sullivan’s Island neighborhood. The place where on 12 April 1861 Confederate troops began the Civil War in America.
  • Old Exchange and Provost Dungeon: located in the Historic District neighborhood. It is on the waterfront at East Bay Street. The white building houses the museum of the Colonial-era history in Charleston.
  • Historic Churches: in the Historic District neighborhood you can visit the Circular Congregational, the French Huguenot Church and the Kahal Kadosh Beth Elohim (the second oldest synagogue in America). Charleston is nicknamed as the “City of Churches.”
  • City Market: it is in the Historic District. Fun place to visit but try not to be tempted by all the goods there.
  • Gibbes Museum of Art: located in the Historic District. You can enjoy some of the finest art collections in the South.
  • South Carolina Aquarium: located in the French Quarter Neighborhood. Discover the amazing ocean life. Meet black tip shark, sandbar sharks, scalpel-tailed surgeonfish, loggerhead turtles and jellyfish.

The Charleston cruise port map is interactive. It shows the port's exact location, along with the real-time cruise ship traffic (if any) in its vicinity - today, and right now. By zooming-out you can see other cruise ship ports located near Charleston, South Carolina.

If you lose the Charleston location on the map, simply reload the page (also with F5 button). This feature is integrated with the CruiseMapper's cruise ship tracker tracking the vessels' current positions at sea and in ports.

Port Charleston cruise ship schedule shows timetable calendars of all arrival and departure dates by month. The port's schedule lists all ships (in links) with cruises going to or leaving from Charleston, South Carolina. To see the full itineraries (ports of call dates and arrival / departure times) and their lowest rates – just follow the corresponding ship-link.

  1. October, 2016
Day Ships in port
2 October, 2016
Carnival Ecstasy(arriving at 08:00)
8 October, 2016
Carnival Ecstasy(arriving at 08:00)
15 October, 2016
Carnival Ecstasy(arriving at 08:00)
20 October, 2016
Carnival Ecstasy(arriving at 08:00)
25 October, 2016
Carnival Ecstasy(arriving at 08:00)
30 October, 2016
Carnival Ecstasy(arriving at 08:00)
5 October, 2016
ms Europa 2(arriving at 08:00 - departing at 18:00)
19 October, 2016
ms Veendam(arriving at 08:00 - departing at 18:00)
24 October, 2016
Pearl Mist(arriving at 24 Oct - departing at 24 Oct)
Grandeur Of The Seas(arriving at 07:00 - departing at 16:00)
27 October, 2016
AIDAluna(arriving at 10:00 - departing at 23:00)
29 October, 2016
Crystal Serenity(arriving at 08:00 - departing at 23:00)
31 October, 2016
MS Victory I(arriving at 31 Oct - departing at 31 Oct)