For decades Southampton has been a historic and renowned port for cruising. It is Britain’s largest, most popular and deep-water port capable of accommodating some of the largest cruise ships in the world. Steeping in maritime history and welcoming more than 250 cruise ships a year, Southampton provides the perfect gateway to exploring nearby attractions including Stonehenge, the New Forest and Salisbury.
Cruising from Southampton is also convenient since the city has excellent transport links with the rest of the United Kingdom. This convenience means you can start to enjoy your cruise experience sooner, whilst avoiding baggage restrictions, queues and long delays that often occur at many airports. Each of the four cruise terminals has dedicated short and long stay car-parking facilities, drop off points and taxi ranks.
The Ocean and Queen Elizabeth II terminals are located within Dock Gate 4, which is approximately a twenty to twenty-five minute walk from the city centre. Meanwhile, the City Cruise and Mayflower terminals are located within Dock Gate 8 and Dock Gate 10, which are approximately a ten to fifteen minute walk from the city centre, from where you will find the popular West Quay Shopping Centre, IKEA and the QE2 mile.
Cruising from Southampton allows you to cruise to many destinations, including:
- the Mediterranean
- Scandinavia and the Baltic
- the Canary Islands
- the Caribbean
- Transatlantic Voyages