Cruises From Southampton

THE port of Southampton has just enjoyed its busiest ever weekend with a record-breaking 15 cruise ships arriving and departing between Friday and Sunday.

Port owners ABP estimated that around 60,000 passengers embarked or disembarked over the weekend. The ships were: Silver Whisper, Silver Explorer, Marina, Norwegian Jade, Aurora, Ventura, Britannia, Azura, Crown Princess, Navigator of the Seas, Independence of the Seas, Seven Seas Explorer, Queen Victoria,Celebrity Eclipse and Braemar.

Seven Seas Explorer, dubbed the most luxurious cruise ship afloat, was making her first visit to the UK.

Cruising from Southamton is expanding fast. One of the key reasons people are choosing to cruise from Southampton these days is the number and variety of cruise lines on offer. They can still go for a formal British experience with Cunard Cruises, P & O or Fred Olsen, but now can also choose a US style cruise with Princess Cruises or Royal Caribbean Cruises. Instead of airport hassle and having to carry heavy luggage, ex southampton cruisers simply drive or take a coach to the port and within an hour of arriving they can be on board enjoying their first drink of the cruise.

With four terminals Southampton is Britain’s most important cruise port. There is virtually no limit to where you can sail: north Europe and the Arctic; The Mediterranean – east and west – North and South America; the Caribbean; Middle East and even further to Asia and Australasia. It is only five miles from Southampton airport with easy motorway access from the M27 off the M25. Or you can take a train from London Waterloo: it takes just over an hour, plus a short taxi ride to any of the terminals. Among the ships based here are Cunard’s Queen Elizabeth, Queen Victoria and Queen Mary; Princess Cruises’ Royal Princess, launched by the Duchess of Cambridge; and Royal Caribbean International’s Anthem of the Seas.

ships docked at southampton cruise port
6 ships docked at southampton cruise port

Cruises under £1000