Southampton is a place of extensive maritime history which stretches back to Roman times. Interested visitors can walk the city's old walls and visit the various museums and galleries telling the story of the many ships and seamen who have called the area home. The centerpiece of these is the innovative new SeaCity Museum. Departing on a cruise from Southampton is a great way to carry on the storied traditions!
Of course, heritage, learning and cruise departures aren't all that's on offer for visitors to Southampton. There are many outlets for theatre buffs, including the Mayflower which is the largest theatre in southern England and offers West End musicals. The 326-acre Southampton Common is a lovely place to stroll, and sports lovers can take in a football match at St Marys Stadium.
Southampton cruise lines and destinations
The best part about departing from England's cruise hub is the many options available. As well as the more British-style lines of P&O UK and Cunard, there are a variety of international cruise companies offering cruises out of Southampton. Royal Caribbean, Celebrity, Princess, Carnival and Holland America all sail from the port. Australasians favourite cruise line P&O generally don't embark on voyages this far to the north but P&O UK offer a great alternative!
The destinations on offer are also varied and far-reaching. Mediterranean cruises from Southampton are very popular, as are transatlantic crossings which head out into the ocean headed for the Americas, just like the ocean liners of days gone by. P&O UK offers some short cruises to ports in the Netherlands and Belgium, and also Canary Islands cruises from Southampton. Scandinavia, the Baltic Seas and the Norwegian fjords are another common destination for cruise departures from the city.
Southampton cruise port
There are four passenger terminals in Southampton, found in the docks area on the River Test. All are a short taxi ride from central Southampton, and offer cafes, toilets and other essentials in the departure lounges.
Mayflower Cruise Terminal and City Cruise Terminal are accessed via Dock Gate 10, which is around 1 mile from the Southampton Central Railway Station. QE2 Cruise Terminal and Ocean Cruise Terminal are both accessed via Dock Gate 4, also just 1 mile from the train station. Buses are available between the station and the docks, and the train can connect passengers with the airport.