Southampton Port welcomed its first P&O passenger ship in 1840 and paved the way to become known as the Cruise Capital of the UK.
At present, an ever increasing number of ships and liners are making calls into the Port of Southampton, and figures taken from 2015 saw over 1.7 million passengers gracing the waters of Southampton
Within the Port of Southampton there are four cruise terminals with cruise lines such as P&O Cruises, Cunard, Princess Cruises, Royal Caribbean, Celebrity Cruises ,MSC, and Fred Olsen offer various itineraries throughout Europe, and more faraway destinations sailing from Southampton
Over £40 million has been invested in the four cruise terminals, and within the surrounding area, and infrastructure by the Associated British Ports
The main benefits of cruising from Southampton means that there is no checking in, and waiting at busy UK airports, no restrictions on luggage and baggage, and is very well suited for passengers who have a fear of flying
Apart from being known as the Cruise Capital of the UK, Southampton has many attractions and things to do including the SeaCity Museum, an innovative state-of-the-art museum giving an insight into Southampton and its connections with the cruise and ships industry that have made Southampton the port it is today, including information and insight into the City’s Titanic heritage
Before sailing into sunnier climes, Southampton is home to the Alpine Snowsports Centre. If passengers are staying in Southampton, either pre or post cruise, this is an activity for all the family. Located within the trees at the 150 – acre Outdoor Sports Centre, the Alpine Snowsports Centre provides winter sports throughout the year. The centre caters for beginners and advanced levels.
If passengers prefer a slower paced activity, Self – Guided Walks are popular with passengers including;
- Southampton Old Town. Explore England’s well-preserved, third longest stretch of medieval town walling and step back in time to find out more about Southampton’s Old Town.
- QE2 Mile. The QE2 Mile is the pedestrian route that runs through the heart of the city from the Cenotaph down to the waterfront at Town Quay. It links the city’s parks, new cultural quarter, shopping high street, old town and the waterfront. It is the most visited part of the city and has many historical features, the Cenotaph, the Titanic memorial, Holy Rood church that was bombed in the war, and the famous Bargate stands at its centre. The QE2 mile is the economic heart of the city with more businesses along its route than anywhere else in Southampton.
- Titanic Trail. The trail takes in many of the memorials and locations associated with Titanic.
- Curious about…Southampton walks. Take the fabulous walks of discovery, and have fun finding answers to clues which tell you more, whilst reading stories about the most interesting facts
Southampton can be easily reached by car, train and a short flight from various UK airports, for those who prefer not to drive, or fly, coach connections are offered from varied departure points across the UK
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