Charleston

South Carolina

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Cruises to Charleston

Founded in 1670, Charleston is as historic as it is picturesque. Boutique shops, cafes and art galleries line cobblestone streets while a scenic waterfront offers the ideal setting for a leisure stroll. Visitors can journey back in time while touring well-preserved 17th - 19th century homes or one of the captivating museums. Beyond the exquisitely maintained downtown, beaches, marshes and waterways beckon to outdoor enthusiasts with a wide range of activities, from surfing and kayaking to sailing and more. Whether you’re a history buff, foodie or outdoor adventurer, Charleston offers something for everyone.

What you NEED TO KNOW

  • Port Name & Location
    Port of Charleston, South Carolina. Ship will DOCK at this port.
  • Time Zone
    EST (Eastern Standard Time )
    UTC/GMT -5 hours
  • Language
    The local language is English.
  • Currency & Shopping
    U.S. Dollar (USD)
    Charleston offers an abundance of shopping opportunities, from high-end fashion to unique, locally-owned stores. King Street, one of the city’s most popular shopping districts, is lined with galleries, bookstores, clothing boutiques and more.
    • Famous For
      Charleston is known for its numerous historic buildings, museums, picturesque downtown center and beaches.
    • Important
      Charleston is a walker’s paradise, so slip on a comfortable pair of shoes and bring plenty of sunscreen and water because summers are hot and humid.
    • Fun Fact #1
      Located on a small island in the Charleston Harbor, Fort. Sumter was the site of the first shots fired during the Civil War.
    • Fun Fact #2
      Situated at the mouth of Charleston Harbor, Sullivan’s Island Beach is known for its expansive sands, sandbars and gentle waves and is considered the ideal place for families to soak in a relaxing beach day.
      • Fun Fact: Foodies
        Stop by one of the city’s numerous delicious restaurants and cafes and savor the best of Southern cooking, from boiled peanuts and shrimp and grits to fried chicken, deviled crabs and much more — all served up with a giant glass of sweet tea.
      • Fun Fact: Landmarks
        Having been founded in 1773, the Charleston Museum boasts the distinction of being America’s first museum and offers exhibits detailing regional cultures and history.
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