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  • Seven Seas Navigator
  • 05 Aug 2024
  • 20 nights
  • No-Fly Cruise
  • Southampton

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  • Queen Anne
  • 07 Jun 2024
  • 16 nights
  • No-Fly Cruise
  • Southampton

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  • Sky Princess
  • 01 Sep 2024
  • 14 nights
  • No-Fly Cruise
  • Southampton

Itinerary: Southampton, England - Vigo - Seville (Cadiz) - Malaga - Corsica (Ajaccio), France - Marseille (Provence) - Gibraltar - Lisbon - Southampton, England


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How to get to Southampton

Located on the south coast of England, Southampton is a major UK port, but it has much more to offer its visitors than its vast harbour. From the outstanding art exhibitions at the City Art Gallery to the SeaCity Museum, where the city’s history is revealed to the recently restored Tudor House, visitors have the chance to explore the hidden treasures of Southampton before exploring the world.

Travelling to Southampton is easy. Located on the outskirts is the city’s airport, Southampton International Airport. Or if you’re flying into London, Southampton’s train station is situated in the centre of the city, with regular links to and from Waterloo Station. Perhaps you’ve got some time to spare before your cruise departs? There’s plenty to keep you occupied.

Things to do in Southampton

Southampton offers lots to see and do. As the largest city in Hampshire, it is steeped in history. Much of its past relates to Southampton port, where lots of the world’s largest cruise liners dock. One such liner was the Titanic, who departed from Southampton on her ill-fated maiden voyage in 1912.

Moored in the port today is Europe’s largest functioning steamship, SS Shieldhall. She was built in 1954 and has been fully restored over many years to provide a working example of the machinery typical of ships that plied the world’s oceans between 1870 and 1960. Run by volunteers, SS Shieldhall hosts educational and sightseeing outings and regularly appears at Southampton Maritime Festival. You can also take part in tours aboard SS Shieldhall, a lovely way to pass the time before setting sail, we think.

Britain’s third longest unbroken stretch of city wall can be found in Southampton. The 14th-century medieval wall protects the city’s old town and was built following a French raid in order to overhaul defences. Follow the walls for an informative walk through Southampton’s fascinating history. If time is limited, we urge you to check out Bargate, the impressive north entrance to the medieval part of Southampton steeped in rich heritage and captivating character.

Forgotten to pack something? Or just fancy treating yourself? Westquay Shopping Centre in Southampton Central is filled with over 90 major high street stores and plenty of places to dine.


Destination highlights

Southampton Cruise Terminal acts as a gateway to so many exciting destinations and with a plethora of cruise deals available, you’re truly spoilt for choice. A cruise holiday to the Norwegian Fjords is unlike any other. Steeped in fascinating history, the land of the Midnight Sun provides breathtaking fjords, ornate houses and endless flora and fauna.

Equally as beautiful, the Canary Islands have more to offer than meets the eye. Year-round sunshine is much closer than you think, so why not soak up the sun and dive into the beautiful, diverse culture that each island boasts?

Sailing from Southampton is a stress-free experience with a cruise type to suit everyone. No-fly cruises are the perfect way to embark on the holiday of your dreams. Take the hassle out of travelling to faraway shores and unlock the world’s most beautiful destinations on a no-fly cruise from Southampton. Or, sail the seven seas in ultra-luxury with a 6★ cruise. Luxury cruising offers superb service, fine dining and opulent surroundings. Wherever your wanderlust leads you, an ultra-luxury cruise ship will take you there in style.


Which cruise lines sail from Southampton?

Due to the size of its port, many cruise lines sail from Southampton. P&O Cruises and Cunard are firm favourites, offering traditional-style cruising on their fleets of elegant ships while Princess Cruises provide fun for all the family with their entertainment-packed vessels. Multi-award-winning Celebrity Cruises wow with innovative onboard experiences and Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines provides a more intimate way of cruising with their smaller ships. Which will you choose? Start your next adventure from Southampton by checking out our handpicked cruises below:

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What to know before travelling to Southampton

How to get to Southampton?

Various transportation options are available to reach Southampton, including air, road, and train.

By Air: Southampton Airport (SOU) is the closest airport to the city. It offers domestic flights, making it a convenient choice for travellers. From the airport, you can reach the city centre by taxi, bus, or train.

By Road: Southampton is easily accessible by road via the M3 and M27 motorways. If you're driving from London, it's about a two-hour journey depending on traffic conditions. There are ample parking facilities in the city centre.

By Train: Southampton Central is the city's primary railway station, well-connected to London and other major cities in the UK. You can take a train from various locations, including London Waterloo, to reach Southampton.

Public Transport: Once you're in Southampton, the city has an extensive network of buses that can take you to various parts of the city and the surrounding areas. You can also use taxis or rideshare services for convenient transportation within the city.

It's advisable to plan your journey in advance. Additionally, check for any travel restrictions, road closures, or schedule changes that may affect your trip, especially during peak travel seasons or adverse weather conditions.


How many terminals are there at Southampton Cruise Port?

Southampton Cruise Port has five primary terminals. These terminals are designated as follows:

Mayflower Terminal: This terminal is one of the largest and serves as a departure and arrival point for many cruise ships. It is equipped with modern facilities and is conveniently located near the city centre.

City Cruise Terminal: The City Cruise Terminal is a major terminal at Southampton Port. It caters to various cruise lines and offers facilities for both embarkation and disembarkation.

Ocean Cruise Terminal: The Ocean Cruise Terminal is primarily used for larger cruise ships and ocean voyages. It is equipped with facilities to handle a high volume of passengers.

QEII Terminal: The QEII Terminal, also known as the Queen Elizabeth II Terminal, is used for both cruise ships and ferry services. It is located in the eastern part of the port.

Horizon Cruise Terminal: Horizon Cruise Terminal, opened in 2021 after a £55 million investment, is the newest cruise terminal at the port facility. It caters to several cruise lines, including Regent Seven Seas and Oceania Cruises.

These terminals are well-equipped to handle the needs of cruise passengers, including check-in facilities, security checks, baggage handling, and other amenities. It's important to check with your cruise line or the port authority for specific information regarding your cruise's terminal assignment, as it may vary depending on your cruise itinerary and ship.


Where to park when cruising from Southampton?

  1. Port of Southampton Parking: A Short-stay car park can be found opposite Mayflower, City Cruise & QEII Terminal. At the Ocean Cruise Terminal, the short-stay car park is located behind the coach bays. QEII Terminal offers long-stay parking on site. This must be booked in advance. For the Horizon Cruise Terminal, the car park is located at the front of the cruise terminal.
  2. Off-Site Parking Providers: Cruise & Passenger Services offer secure parking with shuttle services, cost-effectively enhancing your cruise experience.
  3. Hotels with Cruise Parking: Enjoy pre-cruise relaxation with Park, Stay, and Cruise packages at hotels like Holiday Inn Southampton and Leonardo Royal Southampton Grand Harbour.
  4. Meet and Greet Services: Simplify parking logistics with Portside Meet & Greet, also offering options with electric vehicle charge.
  5. Park and Ride Services: Economical and efficient options like Cruise Parking Ltd provide secure off-site parking with a shuttle transfer.

Remember to book in advance, arrive early, and prepare your documents for a smooth embarkation.

Whatever you choose, you can conveniently book your port parking with Holiday Extras.


Where to stay in Southampton before a cruise?

Finding the ideal pre-cruise accommodation in Southampton is crucial for a smooth and enjoyable start to your voyage. Here are some excellent options:

  • Grand Harbour Hotel: Luxury, waterfront views, and proximity to cruise terminals.
  • Leonardo Hotels: City centre location, comfort, and accessibility.
  • Holiday Inn Southampton: City centre convenience, comfortable rooms, and cruise packages.
  • Leonardo Royal Southampton Grand Harbour: Panoramic views, luxury, spa, and "Park, Stay, and Cruise" packages.
  • Premier Inn Southampton City Centre: Budget-friendly, central, and comfortable.
  • Novotel Southampton: Modern, walkable to terminals, and fitness amenities.
  • Travelodge Southampton Central: Affordable, centrally located, and cafe on-site.
  • Ennios Boutique Hotel: A charming boutique option in the old town.
  • The White Star Tavern: Boutique hotel with a gastro pub in the city centre, known for character and fine dining.

Book your preferred pre-cruise hotel stay with Holiday Extras. Choose based on your preferences for location, amenities, and budget to start your cruise experience with ease and comfort.


Where to stay in Southampton before a cruise?

Finding the ideal pre-cruise accommodation in Southampton is crucial for a smooth and enjoyable start to your voyage. Here are some excellent options:

  • Grand Harbour Hotel: Luxury, waterfront views, and proximity to cruise terminals.
  • Leonardo Hotels: City centre location, comfort, and accessibility.
  • Holiday Inn Southampton: City centre convenience, comfortable rooms, and cruise packages.
  • Leonardo Royal Southampton Grand Harbour: Panoramic views, luxury, spa, and "Park, Stay, and Cruise" packages.
  • Premier Inn Southampton City Centre: Budget-friendly, central, and comfortable.
  • Novotel Southampton: Modern, walkable to terminals, and fitness amenities.
  • Travelodge Southampton Central: Affordable, centrally located, and cafe on-site.
  • Ennios Boutique Hotel: A charming boutique option in the old town.
  • The White Star Tavern: Boutique hotel with a gastro pub in the city centre, known for character and fine dining.

Book your preferred pre-cruise hotel stay with Holiday Extras. Choose based on your preferences for location, amenities, and budget to start your cruise experience with ease and comfort.


What cruise lines depart from Southampton?

Southampton serves as a departure point for a multitude of esteemed cruise lines, providing a diverse array of cruise experiences. When booking with ROL Cruises, you have access to an impressive selection of cruise lines that set sail from Southampton, including:

  • Azamara
  • Celebrity Cruises
  • Cunard
  • Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines
  • Norwegian Cruise Lines
  • Oceania Cruises
  • P&O Cruises
  • Princess Cruises
  • Regent Seven Seas
  • Royal Caribbean International
  • Silversea

Each of these cruise lines offers unique itineraries and onboard experiences, ensuring there's a cruise to match every discerning traveller's preference. Whether you seek luxury, adventure, relaxation, or exploration, Southampton's cruise lines have you covered.


Where to park when cruising from Southampton?

Parking options when cruising from Southampton are diverse, catering to various preferences and budgets:

  1. Port of Southampton Parking: A Short-stay car park can be found opposite Mayflower, City Cruise & QEII Terminal. At the Ocean Cruise Terminal, the short-stay car park is located behind the coach bays. QEII Terminal offers long-stay parking on site. This must be booked in advance. For the Horizon Cruise Terminal, the car park is located at the front of the cruise terminal.
  2. Off-Site Parking Providers: Cruise & Passenger Services offer secure parking with shuttle services, cost-effectively enhancing your cruise experience.
  3. Hotels with Cruise Parking: Enjoy pre-cruise relaxation with Park, Stay, and Cruise packages at hotels like Holiday Inn Southampton and Leonardo Royal Southampton Grand Harbour.
  4. Meet and Greet Services: Simplify parking logistics with Portside Meet & Greet, also offering options with electric vehicle charge.
  5. Park and Ride Services: Economical and efficient options like Cruise Parking Ltd provide secure off-site parking with a shuttle transfer.

Remember to book in advance, arrive early, and prepare your documents for a smooth embarkation.

Whatever you choose, you can conveniently book your port parking with Holiday Extras.


What identification and travel documents do I need for a cruise from Southampton?

  • You'll need a valid passport with at least six months of validity beyond your return date.
  • Check visa requirements for each port on your itinerary and obtain necessary visas.
  • Have your cruise ticket or boarding pass ready.
  • Consider travel insurance and keep a copy of the policy. ROL Cruise has partnered with Just Travel Cover.
  • Bring a government-issued photo ID for additional identification.
  • Review any specific cruise line requirements.
  • Be prepared for health-related requirements, such as vaccination records or negative test results. Always verify with the cruise line and relevant authorities.


What amenities and services are available at Southampton Cruise Port terminals?

  1. Modern and comfortable passenger terminals with seating areas, restrooms, and information desks.
  2. Baggage Handling: Baggage drop-off and collection services for your convenience.
  3. Check-in Services: Smooth check-in processes to get you on board efficiently.
  4. Dining: Dining options include the Café Ceanos at most terminals. Depending on the terminal, several restaurants are within walking distance.
  5. Wi-Fi Access: Wireless internet access is available, usually for a fee.
  6. Accessibility Services: Facilities for passengers with reduced mobility, including ramps and elevators.
  7. Transportation Options: Access to taxis, shuttles, and public transportation for getting to and from the port.
  8. Medical Facilities: Basic medical facilities and first-aid services in case of emergencies.
  9. Port Security: Stringent security measures to ensure passenger safety.

Please note that amenities and services can vary slightly between terminals and may be subject to change. It's a good idea to check with the specific cruise line and the official Southampton Cruise Port website for the most up-to-date information before your trip.


What amenities and services are available at Southampton Cruise Port terminals?

  1. Modern and comfortable passenger terminals with seating areas, restrooms, and information desks.
  2. Baggage Handling: Baggage drop-off and collection services for your convenience.
  3. Check-in Services: Smooth check-in processes to get you on board efficiently.
  4. Dining: Dining options include the Café Ceanos at most terminals. Depending on the terminal, several restaurants are within walking distance.
  5. Accessibility Services: Facilities for passengers with reduced mobility, including ramps and elevators.
  6. Transportation Options: Access to taxis, shuttles, and public transportation for getting to and from the port.
  7. Medical Facilities: Basic medical facilities and first-aid services in case of emergencies.
  8. Port Security: Stringent security measures to ensure passenger safety.

Please note that amenities and services can vary slightly between terminals and may be subject to change. It's a good idea to check with the specific cruise line and the official Southampton Cruise Port website for the most up-to-date information before your trip.