Union Pier Cruise Terminal

What's New

April 11, 2012
News Story: Charleston’s Board of Architectural Review approves new cruise ship terminal

November 10,2011
News Story: Cruise-ship facility gets BAR nod

November 2, 2011
News Release: Cruises Boost Local Hotels

August 11,2011
News Story: Cruise ship terminal plan catches fair winds with initial Board of Architectural Review approval

August 4, 2011
News Story: Friends of cruises: Carnival, government leaders trade gestures of support
PDF: Charleston Cruise Passenger Survey Results

July 28, 2011
Commentary: Cruise critics steering away from the facts by John F. Hassell, III

July 20, 2011
Letter to the Editor: Anti-cruise ship forces overstate support by neighborhoods by Anne Rounds

July 18, 2011
News Release: Union Pier Passenger Terminal Design Shared With Community

July 17, 2011
Letter to the Editor: Cruise ships add excitement to city by Jane Thornhill

July 10, 2011
Commentary: Cruise Plan Will Benefit Charleston by Mayor Joe Riley

July 9, 2011
Commentary: Concerns about SPA’s cruise plan are misplaced by Mayor Joe Riley

July 7, 2011
Commentary: Lawsuit scuttles logic, fairness by Bill Finn

June 28, 2011
Brochure: Lawsuit Could Jeopardize Union Pier Concept Plan

June 1, 2011
News Release: Design Team Unveils Preliminary Concepts for New Cruise Terminal at Union Pier

May 8, 2011
Commentary: Don't scuttle grand Union Pier plan by Ron Brinson

May 10, 2011
News Release: Union Pier Design Process Kicks Off with Public Meeting

April 29, 2011
News Release: Union Pier Design Process Announced

April 29, 2011
Commentary: SPA's Union Pier plan is best for city by Theodore D. Stoney, Jr.

April 23, 2011
Commentary: The cruise ship industry is good for Charleston businesses by John Keener, Erin Mellen, John Hassell and David Dunlap

April 21, 2011
News Release: Port Affirms Union Pier Cruise Terminal Plan, Cruise Management Measures
Board Resolution, Letter to Mayor Riley & Addenda

March 31, 2011
News Release: Cruise Business Council Formed

March 15, 2011
News Release: Port Awards Cruise Terminal Design to CH2M Hill & Local Partners

February 22, 2011
Commentary: Cruise terminal will be boon to city by John Darby

January 27, 2011
News Release: Three Firms Submit Proposals for Charleston Cruise Terminal Design

January 22, 2011
Letter to the Editor: Cruise Insights
by Bryan Thompson

January 1, 2011
Commentary: Don't Derail Union Pier Plan
by William B. Hewitt

December 17, 2010
News Release: Port Issues RFP for New Cruise Terminal Design

November 17, 2010
News Story: State of the Port: Future is bright
SPA CEO reflects on continuing improvements, says more to come

November 5, 2010
News Story: Luxury cruise ship bringing chunks of traffic to tourist attractions

November 5, 2010
News Release: Cruise Passengers Support Local Historical Sites, Boost Area Economy

Union Pier Concept Plan Report to the Community - September 2, 2010

On Sept. 2 at 12:30 p.m., President and CEO Jim Newsome provided an update on the cruise industry to the community and announced the next steps for the Union Pier property.

August 8, 2010
Commentary: Downtown neighborhoods back SPA on cruise ships
by Charles Rhoden

March 26, 2010
Letter to the Community: Context of Charleston's Cruise Business and the Environment

Cruise Industry Meets and Exceeds Standards

Cruise Position Statement

Concept Plan Presentation – February 9, 2010

The SCSPA, together with their planning team, hosted a community meeting on February 9 to present the Concept Plan for the Union Pier Cruise Terminal Master Plan. The following materials provide more information.

Cruise Industry Economic Study

Study Report

February 1, 1 2010
News Story: Cruises to boost economy

Port Broadens Approach of Union Pier Cruise Terminal Master Plan Area

On January 19, the Port announced that it will broaden the approach of its Union Pier Cruise Terminal Master Plan to consider the use of additional portions of its Union Pier property along the Cooper River, a decision made as a direct response to community input. An email shared with the community provides additional details.

Jim Newsome Email Regarding Union Pier Master Plan Broadened Approach

January 8, 2010
Commentary: Jim Newsome, President and CEO, SCSPA

November 16, 2009
News Story:
Will waterfront’s past be part of its future?

Listening Session - Wednesday, October 28, 7 p.m.

As part of its planning process for the Union Pier Cruise Terminal and the surrounding property, the South Carolina Ports Authority (SCPA) hosted a public listening session at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, October 28 at the Passenger Terminal at 136 Concord Street.  More than 100 neighbors and business leaders attended to share their input and suggestions, ask questions and learn more about the process and project.

Anyone interested can continue to submit input by emailing us.

Below are materials from the Listening Session:

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Kickoff Event – October 8, 2009

On Thursday, October 8, the South Carolina Ports Authority (SCPA) officially began its Union Pier Cruise Terminal planning effort with a public Kickoff Event at the Passenger Terminal. The project involves creating a plan for the Union Pier Cruise Terminal and the surrounding property. Below are materials from the Kickoff Event:

Media Coverage:

Handout PDF

Press Release

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Broad map of area