Both the advantages of cruises from Southampton and the fact that most cruise passengers here go through Southampton have helped it to get its nickname as “the cruise capital of the UK”.

There are a huge number of cruises to choose from, it is easy to book cruises that depart from and return to Southampton, and your travel plans automatically become simpler.

Conveniently located on the southern coast of England, it is easy to drive or take a train to the cruise terminal, saving you the cost of airfare on top of the cost of the cruise itself. The Southampton cruise terminal is only five minutes from the citys Central rail station.

Some of the Lines offering Cruises from Southampton are:

P & O Cruises offer a number of cruises to the Mediterranean that are eight days to three weeks in length. Some of the more popular cruises are those to the Baltics. These cruises also take in Iceland and the fjords of Norway. You can also book short cruises to France and Belgium. P & O also provides transatlantic crossings to New York. You can choose round trips or one-way crossings.

Princess Cruises has become famous for their American ‘can do’ style with itineraries available to Northern Europe and the Mediterranean.

Royal Caribbean cruises from Southampton also feature the Mediterranean as well as Canary Island ports.

Cunard Cruise Lines features destinations like northern Europe, the Baltics, the Mediterranean, the Canaries, Madeira, and the Azores. Cunard also offers round-trip cruises to the Caribbean.

These cruise lines understand the importance of providing “no-fly” cruises from Southampton. The increase in security at airports can make what is supposed to be a relaxing holiday get off to a stressful beginning.

When your cruise begins in a location like Southampton, arriving a day ahead of time gives you time to relax and explore the area for the day and spend a restful night in a nearby hotel.

The Waterfront Area

While in Southampton you can venture around the waterfront area that is located outside the city and soak up some local history. You’ll see where the Mayflower departed for America and get a chance to explore the nearby maritime museum. This museum has artifacts from the Titanic, which sailed out of Southampton in 1912.

Along the waterfront in Southampton itself you can find some great areas to shop as well as some wonderful pubs on High Street. The city itself, its convenient location, and the variety of available cruises are just some of the reasons that Southampton port is the premier cruise port in the UK.

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