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  1. I agree with the "crazy money" because wherever I called to check on a room, once it was found out that we were sailing, the nightly rate shot way up. This room at the Holiday Inn Express is normally $156 per night but ended up costing us $229 per night because we wanted to leave our car and use the shuttle. We got spoiled sailing out of Port Everglades last October. We stayed in a Hampton Inn in Plantation, outside of Ft. Lauderdale, which was near shopping and restaurants and that hotel offered an included shuttle which picked us up at the airport and took us to the port. The rate there didn't jump up once they found out we were sailing. The advantage of the shuttle is that it's waiting for us at the port when we arrive and we won't have to wait in either hot sun or rain for whenever it can get there, or so I read somewhere, like having a taxi or Uber. We sailed on the Ecstasy out of Charleston back in 2011 and used a taxi service which was great going to the port but when we called him to pick us up after disembarking, it took him over 30 minutes to come get us and we had to wait out on a curb in the hot sun. However, I think your advice, and the others I'm getting about staying somewhere else, is most helpful and I'm now looking for somewhere else, like the Holiday Inn Express in Mt. Pleasant (where we have stayed several times), and will cancel the Ashley Phosphate reservation.
  2. Holiday Inn Express, 7670 Northwoods Blvd. North Charleston SC 1-843-553-1600 (front desk)
  3. Our daughter used to live in Mt. Pleasant so we are a little familiar with the area. I've spent tons of time online trying to find an affordable hotel with shuttle service but the few which offer shuttle service in Mt. Pleasant and Daniel Island, are too expensive for us. I found reviews from three people (TripAdvisor) who had stayed at a hotel just off Ashley Phosphate and these people gave this particular hotel great reviews along with the shuttle service so we chose it. It's very far out and not near anything worth seeing but the price, $229 per night, was the cheapest we could find with shuttle service to and from the port. Thank you all for your suggestions!
  4. Which hotels in Charleston, SC offer free parking and shuttles to the port? I have seen several which offer parking but there is a charge.
  5. Thank you so much for these two great suggestions! I never would have thought about the CCVB and I was not aware of Cruise Critics' East Coast Departures Board.
  6. Does anyone know of any hotels in the Charleston area which have shuttles to and from the port? My husband and I want to stay the night before the cruise and then the night after the cruise at a hotel but we prefer one with a shuttle service.
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