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    Kissimmee FL, U.S.
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    Investing, former scuba, cruising
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    Oceania, Azamara, HAL & possibly Viking Ocean

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  1. Hiya Cyber Kat, Boy that’s some post. But here goes. My best cruise ever was on Azamara but ours was three days in St. Petersburg Russia. Their Azamazing evening is just that. You’ll have a great time aboard the Yorktown. However if you can squeeze it in, I’d take the Fort Sumter tour out of Patriots Point so you can also tour the Carrier Yorktown, Destroyer Laffey, the diesel cold war sub Clamagore and the authentic almost 3 acre Vietnam naval base with brown water navy boat. That’s all included in the price of admission along with their 28 historic aircraft from several wars. Check into the Water Taxi which will take you to Patriots point from downtown. It’s $12 all day http://www.charlestonwatertaxi.com/ They go out of the Maritime Center or Waterfront park within walking distance from the port. Restaurant wise, I’d go with Fleet Landing over Charleston Crab House. Carriage tour, I’ve always preferred Palmetto Carriage over Old South. I liked the owners of one because of their tourism philosophy and their involvement in the tourism community. Regarding a house tour, I recommend the Edmondston-Alston museum house on 21 East Battery overlooking the harbor and Ft. Sumter. They’re owned by Middleton Foundation which also owns Middleton Place Plantation. About 80% of the furnishings are original to the families who have owned the house. Whatever you choose to do, I hope you’ll have a most enjoyable Charleston Visit.
  2. Cruise parking is free with valid handicap tags or hangers. The person who it's issued to must be in the vehicle. They also work in all city parking garages and parking meters for free.
  3. I hope you have a great Charleston Visit. I'd stay away from Meeting Street and King Street above Cannon Street at dusk. Huger street is probably fine in the daylight walking but definitely not in the evening. You may enjoy the bars/restaurants on NOMO. North Morrison Ave.
  4. Middleton is the oldest landscaped gardens in America. The current remaining house is part of the original mansion burned by union soldiers in February before the war ended in April 1865. It has many of the original pieces inside the house. The formal gardens and butterfly lake overlooking the Ashley River are beautiful. You can see more about Middleton at their web site by clicking Here Conversely, Magnolia Plantation's house was not original but was moved there.
  5. Hi BroadwayGirl, Have you considered Fleet Landing? They're pretty good and actually overlook the port and your ship. The address is 186 Concord Street at the foot of the City Market in Historic Downtown Charleston. http://fleetlanding.net/ Another option would be Charleston Crab House downtown. It's about three blocks from the port. It's next to where AW Shucks was. It also appears that John Keener who owns the Charleston Crab House (James Island & Downtown) now occupies the AW Shucks location with the seafood restaurant called Oyster House.
  6. Ft. Moultri is on Sullivan's island. You'll either have to Uber or taxi. No tours stop there. Depending upon time of day, other than afternoon rush hour, it should take about 20-25 minutes
  7. All of the van tours operate out of the shed at the Visitor Center on Meeting at John. You can buy tickets inside the Visitor Center, walk up to the van you like or possibly purchase advance tickets online. Trip Advisor was a good suggestion. There are no big buses allowed in the heart of the downtown area except for specific outlying routes like Lockwood, Meeting to the Visitor Center and near the port on Concord. I'd also visit www.charlestoncvb.com to search info on van tours. I believe you can still ride the downtown CARTA DASH trolleys for free but they're only transportation without any tour.
  8. Hiya Meg and the rest of y'all. I'm just now seeing this post. So sorry I couldn't respond to any inquiries. Well we finally pulled the plug after four decades in Charleston for me and five for my spousal unit. We retired to Central Fl a couple of months ago. So the last many months have kept me too busy to cruise or spend time on CC. Finally closed on the sale of the Charleston homestead last week. Now I'm only about 40 minutes to Disney/Universal and about three hours to Port Everglades. I hope I have shared some valuable info over the years but I'm sure I'm leaving Holy City cruisers in the very good hands of the remaining Charleston peeps. Happy Sails to you. Steve
  9. Since Celebrity we've cruised Azamara, Oceania and HAL. We like all three. Currently we have three booked in 2019. One HAL for a quick Jan getaway to the Caribbean and two Oceania European cruises. We were pleasantly surprised on our HAL the beginning of this year. It was a partial Panama Canal cruise with an aft cabin. The overall food, burgers and service were very good. The price was very affordable. That's why we booked them again. But our favorites since leaving Celebrity behind are Azamara & Oceania. They're a bit more expensive than Celebrity but I found them to be a good value based upon what we received. Celebrity taught me there's no such thing as loyalty from them so we go where the wind now blows.
  10. It fits in with their double/double program being corporate double speak. :rolleyes: If you read the original PR release about the double/double program to shareholders you'd see their real motivation cutting costs, doubling revenue & doubling profits etc. They've been very successful at it too. Have you noticed how they're using cheaper cuts of meat and covering them in heavy sauces? Sometimes putting out a dozen dutch ovens in the buffet with the overcooked mystery meat. I've moved on from Celebrity partly for those reasons even after finally achieving Elite status.
  11. Several years ago RCCL and celebrity instituted a program call Double/Double. That is where they double their revenue and profits. The bottom line is they no longer care about the customer as X once did when under the Greek ownership of Chandris. So understand if it doesn't add to their bottom line, they don't care about you. Simply stated, accept it or move on.
  12. Hi all, This is a continuation of the " I live in Charleston, SC" Thread that began in 2007. There is still some good info there so here's the link if you wish to do further investigation of all the things that Charleston, SC has to offer. http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=628998 Caution: You may not want to go back more than a year or so though since some of the information may be outdated...especially since hotels/restaurants change often.
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