Southampton has a long-standing maritime tradition, with passenger services having departed from here since 1881. The site on which the city stands has existed since Roman and Saxon times, with many remnants from these eras still visible in the city today. During the Middle Ages, defensive walls were built around the town – many sections of which are still standing. In the 21st century, has established itself as a premier location for shopping and nightlife and it is worth considering spending a night or two here prior to embarking on your cruise.
With a total of four passenger cruise terminals, Southampton is widely regarded as the UK’s number one cruise port. Some of the world’s largest vessels have departed from these shores in recent years, with lines such as Cunard, Norwegian Cruise Line, P&O Cruises, MSC Cruises, and Celebrity Cruises operating cruises from Southampton to a range of destinations around the world. Royal Caribbean has also showcased their vessels here, with the world’s largest cruise vessel - Harmony of the Seas - docking here in 2016.
There are decent road links between London and Southampton, with the M3 motorway connected to the M25. There are also good road links between Southampton and both the south-west and south-east of England. Each of the cruise terminals is situated close to the city centre, making rail transport to Southampton Central – followed by a short taxi journey – a good alternative to driving. If you are travelling to Southampton from further afield, a flight into Southampton Airport is a fantastic option and the onsite railway station provides great access to the city centre.