Southampton Cruise Port

Posted on Thursday, April 12, 2012 |
Southampton, the UK's major cruise port, has 4 cruise terminals over 2 miles of waterfront. These are called Mayflower, City, Ocean and Queen Elizabeth. They are not far from central Southampton and about 80 miles from London.

 Southampton Docks
by Jim Linwood Flickr Creative Commons

Southampton itself, although often used just as a cruise gateway to London, is a very interesting city in itself, especially for those interested in all things nautical. From being a port of transit for the Norman conquerors, cnetre for shipbuilding in the Middle Ages and the No. 1 Military Embarkation Point during the Great War, to its current status as the major cruise port and important cargo point for the UK, Southampton has a rich maritime history. The SeaCity Museum is the best place to learn about the city's relationship with the ocean, and the Titanic Trail takes you to see its links with the great and unlucky liner, from memorials for various groups onboard to the places where passengers would have embarked.

For great shopping, eating and people watching, try the Ocean Village marina development. Stonehenge is not far out of the city, and the Isle of Wight makes a great scenic day trip. The New Forest is also nearby, the largest area of unenclosed forest and pasture in England.

See here for cruises departing from Southampton and more information on the Southampton cruise terminals.

Author: Ryan Posa+

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