Cruises from Southampton, United Kingdom

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.

Things To Do in Southampton

SeaCity Museum

Scheduled to open to the public in Spring 2012, the SeaCity Museum will explore the maritime history of the city and its people, including the ill-fated Titanic, through various galleries and interactive exhibitions.

The Mayflower Theatre

As one of the biggest theatres in the South, the Mayflower Theatre is a great place to catch the latest musicals and shows, as well as festive pantomimes, comedy shows and music concerts.

Leisureworld

Located close to all four cruise terminals, this multi-purpose entertainment and leisure centre has a 13-screen Odeon Cinema, several bars and restaurants and a lively nightclub.

West Quay Shopping Centre

This huge shopping complex is right in the city centre and has over 90 different shops and stores, including John Lewis, Zara and French Connection. Throughout there are cafes and coffee shops, whilst the Food Terrace boasts a number of impressive dining venues.

Mayflower Terminal Terminal

The Mayflower Cruise Terminal is on the Western Docks and it is usually accessed via Dock Gate 10. It is mainly used by P&O Cruises, Princess Cruises and Cunard. A short stay car park can be found right opposite the terminal and a long stay car park is within easy walking distance. Within the terminal there is an arrivals hall with check-in desks and a waiting area, which leads through to the departure lounge. Here there is a large seating area, a cafe and bar serving a selection of hot and cold food, soft drinks and alcoholic beverages, complimentary magazines and a small viewing gallery.

Mayflower Cruise Terminal

Herbert Walker Avenue,
Western Docks,
Southampton
SO15 1HJ

Used mainly by P&O Cruises, Cunard, and Princess Cruises. MSC Cruises, Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines, Saga, Regent Seven Seas and Silverseas also use it periodically.

Car Parking

There are two main car parking companies who offer high security parking at the port. The car parks are conveniently located close to the cruise terminal, with porters available to help you with your luggage and a variety of parking services to choose from.

For travel with P&O Cruises, Cunard or Princess Cruises you should contact Cruise and Passenger Services (CPS) by calling 02380 334883, or visit www.candps.com/parking.

For travel with Royal Caribbean, Celebrity Cruises, MSC Cruises, Silverseas or Fred. Olsen you should contact ABP Parking via www.abparking.co.uk or call 02380 488870.

Nearby Hotels:

De Vere Grand Harbour Hotel
Holiday Inn Southampton
Novotel Southampton

City Cruise Terminal Terminal

The City Cruise Terminal is generally used by Royal Caribbean International and Celebrity Cruises and it can be accessed via Dock Gates 8 and 10. Directly outside the terminal there are dedicated coach bays and a taxi rank, whilst opposite there is a short stay car park. There are several long stay car parks located within walking distance of the terminal and also some shuttle car parks a short distance away. In the terminal building you will find a waiting area which leads through to the main check-in and security area. Adjacent to this is the passenger lounge which has plenty of comfortable seating, complimentary magazines and newspapers, and a cafe that serves hot and cold food, soft drinks and alcoholic beverages.

City Cruise Terminal

Berth 101,
Solent Road,
Western Docks,
Southampton
SO15 1BS

Used mainly by Royal Caribbean International, Celebrity Cruises and Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines. Saga, Cunard, MSC Cruises, Silversea, Princess Cruises and Regent Seven Seas also use it periodically.

Car Parking

There are two main car parking companies who offer high security parking at the port. The car parks are conveniently located close to the cruise terminal, with porters available to help you with your luggage and a variety of parking services to choose from.

For travel with Royal Caribbean, Celebrity Cruises, MSC Cruises, Silverseas or Fred. Olsen you should contact ABP Parking via www.abparking.co.uk or call 02380 488870.

For travel with P&O Cruises, Cunard or Princess Cruises you should contact Cruise and Passenger Services (CPS) by calling 02380 334883, or visit www.candps.com/parking.

Nearby Hotels:

De Vere Grand Harbour Hotel
Holiday Inn Southampton
Novotel Southampton

Ocean Terminal Terminal

The Ocean Terminal is the newest of the four cruise terminals, having been completed in May 2009. It is located on the Eastern Docks via Dock Gate 4, and it is generally used by P&O Cruises, Princess Cruises and Cunard. There are several long stay car parks within walking distance, and the short stay car park is adjacent to the terminal. There is also a dedicated taxi rank and coach bays right outside. Inside the terminal building on the lower level there is a small waiting area, and then upstairs is the main check-in area. Here you will also find the departure lounge which has a small cafe with food and refreshments, lots of seating and complimentary magazines and newspapers.

Ocean Terminal

Dock Gate 4,
Cunard Road,
Eastern Docks,
Southampton
SO14 3QN

Used mainly by P&O Cruises, Princess Cruises and Cunard.

Car Parking

There are two main car parking companies who offer high security parking at the port. The car parks are conveniently located close to the cruise terminal, with porters available to help you with your luggage and a variety of parking services to choose from.

For travel with P&O Cruises, Cunard or Princess Cruises you should contact Cruise and Passenger Services (CPS) by calling 02380 334883, or visit www.candps.com/parking.

For travel with Royal Caribbean, Celebrity Cruises, MSC Cruises, Silverseas or Fred. Olsen you should contact ABP Parking via www.abparking.co.uk or call 02380 488870.

Nearby Hotels:

Jury's Inn Southampton
Holiday Inn Southampton
Mercure Southampton Centre Dolphin Hotel

QEII Terminal Terminal

The QEII Terminal is the most well-known in Southampton as it was home to the infamous Cunard ship, QE2, for more than 40 years. Nowadays it is still very much in use by Cunard's current fleet. It is close to the Ocean Terminal on the Eastern Docks and is accessed via Dock Gate 4. At the front of the building there is a covered passenger drop-off area, and close by there are short and long stay car parks within easy walking distance. The lower level of the building is used for the main check-in area, whilst upstairs there is a large waiting lounge with seating and a cafe that serves hot and cold food, soft drinks and alcoholic beverages.

QEII Terminal

Dock Gate 4,
Test Road,
Eastern Docks,
Southampton
SO14 3GG

Used mainly by P&O Cruises, Saga and Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines. MSC Cruises, Princess Cruises and Silversea also use it periodically.

Car Parking

There are two main car parking companies who offer high security parking at the port. The car parks are conveniently located close to the cruise terminal, with porters available to help you with your luggage and a variety of parking services to choose from.

For travel with Royal Caribbean, Celebrity Cruises, MSC Cruises, Silverseas or Fred. Olsen you should contact ABP Parking via www.abparking.co.uk or call 02380 488870.

For travel with P&O Cruises, Cunard or Princess Cruises you should contact Cruise and Passenger Services (CPS) by calling 02380 334883, or visit www.candps.com/parking.

Nearby Hotels

Holiday Inn Southampton
Mercure Southampton Centre Dolphin Hotel
Jury's Inn Southampton

Cruises From Southampton, United Kingdom

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