Cruising from the UK has steadily increased over the last decade, and it is predicted to continue to do so over the coming years. The increase in the number of ships offering round-trip departures and the ease at which you can depart on them have greatly contributed to this rise in popularity.
Unlike when you fly to a destination, there are no lengthy check-in procedures, long waiting times to board, and delays in departing are very rare. Most of the terminals have porters who will take your luggage for you so that it can be delivered to your cabin, leaving you free to park the car or head straight to check-in. A real bonus of sailing round-trip from the UK is that there are no luggage restrictions - as long as you can fit it in your cabin then you can take it with you! Security checks are generally quick and easy, and as you have a specified time to board the ship you can usually arrive and embark straight away. If there is a wait to board then each of the terminals has comfortable departure lounges with food and refreshments.
Southampton Cruise port
Southampton has the largest cruise port in the country, with four main terminals that are used by several major cruise lines. One of the best things about Southampton is that it's so easy to get to, with great road, rail and air links from London, the Midlands, Scotland and the North. Southampton is steeped in maritime history, offering a wealth of museums and exhibitions where you can discover the city's rich heritage. There is also a great social scene with lots of excellent shops, bars and restaurants, so if you are travelling some distance to get there it is well worth staying overnight to make the most of everything the city has to offer.
All 4 cruise terminals are approx 5 miles from Southampton Airport, 1 mile from Southampton Central train station and 1 mile from Southampton Coach Station.