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Seven Seas Splendor

Debuted in September 2021, the 746-passenger, 548-crew member Seven Seas Splendor is the newest ship within the Regent fleet. Seven Seas Splendor – along with most of the line's other ships – takes opulence to the next level by equipping each suite with its own private balcony. Other standard in-room amenities include interactive flat-screen TVs, luxurious bath products, bathrobes and slippers, signature queen-size beds and dining tables for two. There are 10 suite categories available, ranging from the smallest Veranda (307 square feet) and Deluxe Veranda suites (308 to 361 square feet) to the largest Regent (4,443 square feet) and Master suites (1,895 to 2,108 square feet). 

Guests have a wide array of things to do while on board. Spend your days relaxing at the spa, playing paddle tennis or bocce ball, working up a sweat on the jogging track or taking a dip in the ship's two whirlpools and two pools, one of which is an infinity-edge pool that stretches along the edge of the ship, providing swimmers with exceptional views of the ocean. At night, enjoy one of five shows at the onboard theater. 

When it comes to food, Seven Seas Splendor offers eight eateries ranging from casual to fine dining. Enjoy your breakfast alfresco at La Veranda and grub down for lunch at the Pool Grill buffet. For something more formal, opt for a French-inspired meal at Chartreuse, Pan-Asian dishes at Pacific Rim or Compass Rose, the largest restaurant on the ship.

Seven Seas Splendor visits a variety of European and Mediterranean destinations, as well as ports across Europe, the Caribbean, Africa and South America.

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Celebrity Apex

The Celebrity Apex – which made its inaugural sailing in June 2021 – can hold up to 2,910 passengers and 1,320 crew members. Guests can wine and dine at 29 restaurants, bars and lounges, then spend the night testing their luck at the casino or enjoying live music at the Magic Carpet (which offers great ocean views). Specialty restaurants include a steakhouse and a raw bar, while main dining options feature Mediterranean, Italian and French cuisines. There are also meeting spaces and multipurpose areas on board, as well as upscale shops. 

Visit the spa or adults-only Solarium pool to stay relaxed throughout your stay at sea. For younger travelers, there are some kid-friendly areas of the ship – such as a Camp at Sea. However, the ship is geared more toward adult clientele (or families with older children) looking for a relaxing escape.

The ship's staterooms, which start at 181 square feet, offer smart TVs, customizable air conditioning and plenty of storage space. Many rooms also offer private verandas. If you're willing to splurge, consider booking a room in The Retreat. This exclusive section of the ship features luxury accommodations as well as access to a private restaurant, sun deck and lounge. Plus, rooms in The Retreat offer more space, measuring up to 1,892 square feet.

The Celebrity Apex sails to European destinations like Greece, Italy, Croatia and Portugal, as well as to Caribbean hot spots like St. Thomas , Puerto Rico , Belize and Grand Cayman . 

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Debuted in May 2023, Oceania Cruises' first new ship in more than a decade can hold up to 1,200 passengers and 800 crew members. Vista is the inaugural ship in Oceania's Allura Class, featuring top-of-the-line amenities like a culinary center, an artist loft and an extensive library, along with facilities like a pool, a casino, a spa and a fitness center. Additionally, Vista offers enrichment opportunities like destination-focused seminars led by guest speakers and dynamic musical performances.

One of the highlights of Oceania Vista is its wide array of dining venues, from specialty restaurants like Ember (American fare) and Toscana (Italian cuisine) to the poolside Waves Grill and daily afternoon tea service. In the evening, guests can grab a drink at their choice of several bars and lounges; Vista's immersive mixology program utilizes innovative techniques and trends to create an elevated cocktail experience.

Vista's well-appointed staterooms – which range from 240 to 2,400 square feet – boast balconies, queen-size beds, rainforest showers, flat-screen TVs and 24-hour room service, among other amenities. If you splurge for a suite, you'll enjoy added benefits like iPads, cashmere blankets, complimentary laundry and shoeshine services, access to the Executive Lounge and butler service.

Oceania Vista explores an array of popular destinations in the U.S., the Caribbean, Mexico, the Mediterranean and more.

U.S. News Insider Tip:  The design of the Vista creates more expansive and contemporary public areas than other ships in Oceania's fleet, so even when the ship is at full capacity, it never feels crowded. Also, since it is an all-veranda ship, all guests have the same great ocean view. – Julie L. Kessler, Contributor

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Disney Fantasy

Disney Fantasy launched in 2012 and underwent a dry dock in 2017. The ship features activities such as Pixar Day at Sea, Disney's Aladdin – A Musical Spectacular and the 765-foot AquaDuck water ride.

Staterooms are designed with families in mind. Inside cabins can accommodate up to four guests, and over 85% of the ship's cabins have an ocean view or a veranda. All cabins are outfitted with flat-screen TVs, minifridges and iPod docking stations.

Onboard entertainment is just as family-oriented, with Goofy’s Sports Deck activity center, a virtual sports simulator (for an extra fee), nightly live performances and 3D movies. While younger guests play in age-appropriate youth clubs, adults can relax at the Quiet Cove Pool or enjoy an evening at an adults-only bar or lounge.

When it comes to dining, the ship offers 10 themed dining venues, including two adults-only specialty venues, three main dining rooms and an ice cream shop: Sweet on You.

Fantasy sails from  Port Canaveral (Orlando), Florida , to the Bahamas , Bermuda and a variety of ports in the Caribbean.

U.S. News Insider Tip : Between Palo and Remy is a secluded adults-only bar called Meridian. The bar is known for its martini program, where the bartenders will ask you a few questions and then whip up something off-menu for you to enjoy inside or outside on the exclusive patio. (Meridian can also be found on the Disney Dream ). – Megan duBois, Contributor

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Disney Dream

Last renovated in 2015 (after being introduced in 2011), the 4,000-passenger Disney Dream is one of Disney's largest ships. Highlights include the 765-foot AquaDuck water coaster, a virtual sports simulator (for an extra fee) and theatrical performances that bring Disney animated favorites – like "Beauty and the Beast" – to life.

While the ship emphasizes family-focused entertainment with five specialized kids clubs, parents can enjoy the adults-only Quiet Cove pool and the Senses Spa & Salon. At night, a section of the ship called The District transforms into an adult oasis with host of bars and lounges. In terms of dining, the ship offers nine themed venues including two specialty adults-only restaurants.

Staterooms also cater to cruising clans, offering perks like sofa beds. Over 85 percent of cabins have ocean views or verandas. Those looking for extra space can opt for Concierge Suites, which range from 622 to 1,781 square feet.

While some recent cruisers commented that the ship is more expensive than other mainstream competitors, most said it was well worth the price due to the personalized attention they received from the staff.

Disney Dream departs from Fort Lauderdale, Florida ;  New York ; San Juan, Puerto Rico; Southampton, England; and more for sailings in the Bahamas , Bermuda, Canada, the Caribbean and Europe. The cruise line also offers some transatlantic voyages.

U.S. News Insider Tip : Don't skip dinner at Animator's Palate and its Undersea Magic dinner show. During the meal, you'll be immersed in the world of Finding Nemo, as Crush the turtle from the movie swims by virtually to chat with families between courses. (This dinner show is also available on the Disney Fantasy ). – Megan duBois, Contributor

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Sky Princess

Debuted in October 2019, Sky Princess can accommodate 3,660 passengers and 1,346 crew members. With so much space, you'll find plenty of things to do on board. Spend your days playing ball at the sports court or swimming in one of three pools, or shop until you drop at the onboard boutiques. Nightfall brings deck parties, movie screenings under the stars and live performances at the theater by musicians, comedians and magicians. Kids won't be bored, either, as there are clubs designed specifically for three different age groups.

Sky Princess features traditional Interior, Oceanview and Balcony staterooms, as well as a number of Suite-category cabins – some of which are equipped with the largest balconies at sea. Every room comes fitted with a queen-sized bed or two twin beds, a refrigerator, a flat-screen TV and complimentary 24-hour room service.  The biggest accommodation on board are the Sky Suites. They are approximately 1,873 square feet and provide guests with 270-degree panorama views while cruising. The suite also comes with additional amenities such as complimentary balcony breakfast and dinner, luxury balcony furniture and a deluxe telescope for stargazing at night. 

When it's time to chow down, cruisers will have their choice of nine inclusive dining venues and five specialty options. In the main dining room, passengers can choose between a set dinner time every evening or the line's Anytime Dining option, which will allow them to dine whenever – and with whomever – they want. You'll also find a complimentary buffet, a pizzeria, a seafood bar, a gelateria and afternoon tea. For a specialty dining experience, consider the intimate Chef's Table Lumiere or Bistro Sur La Mer by Emmanuel Renaut, a three-starred Michelin chef.

Sky Princess sails throughout the Caribbean, Mexico, Europe and the Mediterranean. The ship also completes some transatlantic sailings.

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Seven Seas Navigator

Carrying only 496 passengers, Seven Seas Navigator offers guests an intimate setting, with all-suite accommodations outfitted with marble bathrooms, private balconies and free Wi-Fi throughout the voyage.

Thanks to a major refurbishment in 2019 (the ship originally launched in 1999), the ship features updated staterooms and refreshed public spaces and restaurants. Passengers can choose from six dining venues, including a specialty steakhouse and the causal Pool Grill.

During days at sea, guests can unwind at the expansive pool deck, play card games or mingle with fellow shipmates at the Pool Bar. In the evenings, cruisers can sip cocktails at one of three onboard lounges or take in a live show.

Like other ships in the fleet, Seven Seas Navigator prides itself on providing a high-caliber service and maintains a nearly 1-to-1 passenger-to-crew ratio, with 365 crew members. Guests praise the "Regent Experience," which includes specialty dining and shore excursions in the cruise fare.

Seven Seas Navigator offers a variety of sailings throughout Miami , the Caribbean, South America, Australia, Europe and more.

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Seven Seas Mariner

Similar to its sister ships,  Seven Seas Navigator  and  Seven Seas Voyager , the 696-passenger Seven Seas Mariner makes service a top priority with 459 crew members on board.

Refurbished in 2018 (and debuted in 2001), the Mariner features neutral decor and finishings throughout, a remodeled library in a new location and a revamped pool deck with an open layout and new tile and teak surfaces. The Serene Spa & Wellness center received a new design with light wood accents and pebble-stone tiles, while the fitness and aerobics center offers modern equipment. Onboard activities include theatrical productions, casino games and sipping cocktails in one of five lounge areas.

Across the ship, there are seven eateries in total. All are stylishly designed, including the Prime 7 steakhouse and the flagship Compass Rose restaurant. Chartreuse, a guest favorite, highlights modern French cuisine. During the day, guests can enjoy the expanded lunch offerings at the outdoor Pool Grill or snack at the informal Coffee Connection. As with all Regent Seven Seas ships, specialty dining and shore excursions are included in the cruise fare.

Best of all, the all-suite accommodations offer beds with plush leather headboards, cozy sitting areas and artwork. All cabins are outfitted with welcome bottles of Champagne, private balconies, walk-in closets and marble bathrooms.

Seven Seas Mariner sails through much of the world, including ports in the Caribbean, Canada, Africa, Asia, Australia and more.

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Oceania's Marina accommodates up to 1,250 passengers and employs 800 crew members, maintaining the personalized service that the line is known for.  Marina offers signature amenities like the Aquamar Spa, a casino and a 2,000-book library. Onboard entertainment includes nightly live shows, painting and sketching lessons at the Artist Loft and cooking demos at The Culinary Center. While Marina went through a refurbishment in 2016, the ship will have an updated renovation in late 2023.  

Cruisers can choose from seven dining venues, including specialty restaurants like Jacques (with menus crafted by chef Jacques Pépin) and the Asian-inspired eatery Red Ginger, which recent passengers highly recommend.

Similar to its sister ship,  Riviera , cabins range from 174-square-foot Inside staterooms to 2,000-square-foot Suites. Higher category Veranda cabins and Suites come with perks like balconies, access to a Concierge Lounge, in-room iPads and more. All staterooms are equipped with flat-screen TVs, full-size bathtubs, and minibars stocked with soda and bottled water.

Oceania Marina sails to destinations in Europe, South America and more.

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Silver Dawn

One of the newest ships within the Silversea Cruises fleet, Silver Dawn debuted in April 2022. Similar in size to its sister ships, Silver Muse and Silver Moon , Silver Dawn can accommodate 596 guests and has the capacity for up to 411 crew members.

Dawn is the first ship within the fleet to offer Otium, a new wellness concept that will eventually be implemented across all of Silversea's ships. The program aims to incorporate luxurious elements of the spa experience throughout the entire voyage, starting with guests' suites. Each cabin features the line's new Otium Soft Touch mattress, a redesigned pillow menu, pillow mists, and special touches like cozy blankets, in-room bath salts or hot chocolate. Suites range in size from 334 square feet to 1,970 square feet and feature ocean views, butler service and full baths with separate showers, among other amenities.

Outside of the accommodations, cruisers will find eight restaurants, including La Terrazza, an Italian eatery, Kaiseki, a Japanese outpost, and S.A.L.T. Kitchen, which features a menu that highlights the local cuisine of the ship's destination. Other onboard facilities include a casino, a pool deck, a boutique, a live entertainment lounge, a fitness center and the S.A.L.T. Lab, where passengers can enjoy workshops, lectures and cooking demonstrations.

Silver Dawn departs from ports like Fort Lauderdale, Florida , and Lisbon, Portugal , to destinations like Barcelona, Spain , and Lima, Peru . 

U.S. News Insider Tip : Consider booking a session with Silversea's newest spa concept, Otium, which debuted on Silver Dawn. Beyond the ancient Rome-inspired treatments available in Otium, the experience continues in-suite, with butler-drawn candlelit baths including a glass of Champagne and a house-made macaron waiting on a tub tray. Classical music plays soothingly in the background. – Janice Wald Henderson, Contributor

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Cruises from Southampton

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From the Blue Lagoon in Iceland to the black-sand beaches in Greece, discover the world’s wonders on a cruise from Southampton. With various destinations, durations and dates, find the voyage that fits your schedule. Taste the flavors of the Mediterranean, tour palaces in Russia and float down dazzling fjords in Norway. Or walk in the footsteps of royalty as you visit the British Isles. The choice is yours with Princess®.

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British Isles Cruises

Watch history books come to life on a cruise from Southampton to the British Isles. Tour Edinburgh Castle, sip on famous stouts in Dublin and hunt for legendary sea monsters in Invergordon. Indulge in homemade scones and jam on a visit to a local cottage. Or relive the glory days of the world’s most beloved boy band on a trip to Liverpool. Discover lands full of mysteries and mythologies, only with Princess.

Mediterranean Cruises

Laced in history and romance, the Mediterranean is a traveller’s playground. On a cruise from Southampton, find your passion amidst the canals of Italy or on the sun-drenched shores of Greece. See lands sculpted by volcanoes on the Canary Islands. Or walk in the footsteps of gladiators past at the Colosseum, and explore the archeological ruins of Pompeii — a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Scandinavia & Baltic Cruises

Hear about tales and tsars from centuries past on a cruise from Southampton to Scandinavia and the Baltic. Get up close to historical treasures like Viking ships in Oslo and Kronborg Castle in Copenhagen.

Norway & Iceland Cruises

Experience tranquility and natural beauty on a cruise from Southampton to Norway and Iceland. During an overnight stay in Alta, search for the Aurora Borealis while sipping on hot chocolate. Come face-to-face with Europe’s largest glacier as you sail down the iconic Norwegian Fjords. Or take a dip in Reykjavik’s Blue Lagoon and rediscover your sense of wonder. See for yourself why it’s called the land of fire and ice.

Transatlantic Cruises

Relive the golden age of ocean travel on a Transatlantic cruise from Southampton. Unwind at sea and jump into adventure at each destination. Choose from voyages that take you through the British Isles to the Land of Fire and Ice — Iceland. Or visit ports in Spain and France as you make your way to North America on a cruise from London by way of Southampton. Indulge in the best of land and sea with a Transatlantic cruise from Princess.

Canada & New England Cruises

Travel through time as you sail to Canada and New England on a cruise from Southampton. Walk in the footsteps of Paul Revere, hike through Acadia National Park and indulge in crab cakes and fresh-caught lobster along the way. Bask in the coastal beauty of Prince Edward Island, and spend two days exploring the French influences of Quebec City on a 24-day voyage to the Northern seaboard and back.

What to Know About Cruises from Southampton

Discover the city’s history, wander through its countryside and revel in its unique coastal charm on a cruise from Southampton.

Southampton at a glance

  • Language:  English
  • Currency:  Pound Sterling (GBP)
  • Time Zone:  Greenwich Mean Time (GMT)
  • Docking:  Your cruise from Southampton docks at the Port of Southampton, approximately 1.5-2 hours from London.
  • Attire:  We suggest dressing in layers as temperatures fluctuate throughout the year and even throughout the day. This includes a light shirt, sweater and jacket.
  • Transportation:  While taxis are available around the city, you can also get around by bus or train.

Things to do in Southampton

Admire the Neoclassical architecture of this charming port city as you stroll past historic gems like the Tudor House or Saint Michael’s Church. Shop at the ultra-modern Westquay, home to an assortment of shops and restaurants. Or drive to the countryside and learn about the mystery of Stonehenge before boarding your cruise from Southampton.

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Cruise from Southampton – the essential guide

Cruising from the port of Southampton

Located in the middle of the southern coastline of England, Southampton is a regular port of call for a manyruise ships. It is one of the world’s largest ports and is still growing. Southampton’s maritime history stretches back hundreds of years, made famous in 1912 as the home port of the Titanic.

Many major cruise lines offer Southampton cruises that leave daily out of the port. Incredible destinations include northern Europe, such as Norway with the Norwegian Fjords, Scandinavia, the Mediterranean including the Canary Islands, Gran Canaria, France, Spain, and Italy, and ocean voyages across the Atlantic to New York and the Caribbean. Not least, cruises around the British Isles and further on to Iceland.

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As the U.K.’s largest seaport, cruises from Southampton are on some of the biggest cruise ships in the world. The deep water allows cruise lines such as P&O, Princess Cruises, Celebrity Cruises , and Cunard to offer you the perfect cruise holiday. You will find cruise deals and exciting offers with luxury cruises such as Regent Seven Seas.

Southern England has sweeping areas of outstanding natural beauty. Its spectacular countryside, vast coastline, cozy pubs, and welcoming villages make it famous. Southampton is an ideal place to explore this part of Great Britain. The longer you stay, the better, as the further west you travel, the more riches you will discover. We urge you to spend time here before you set off on your cruise and offer expert advice on how to spend your time here. We promise you will want to come back again.

Where to stay before your cruise from Southampton

Below you will find your ideal hotel stay in Southampton before you sail.

  • Ennios Boutique Hotel
  • Leonardo Royal Southampton Grand Harbour
  • Southampton Harbour Hotel & Spa
  • Premier Inn Southampton City Centre Hotel
  • Holiday Inn Southampton
  • The Elizabeth House Hotel
  • Double Tree by Hilton

Walk into the center of Southampton, where you can see the remains of the city’s medieval walls. Shopping is excellent in the town, with all your high street favorites I,ncluding the iconic British department store John Lewis, whose flagship store is on Oxford Street in London. Restaurants of all price ranges are abundant, as are cafés and pubs in the city.

To walk the city, start at Town Quay and walk along the medieval town walls through the Old Town. You’ll find cozy cobbled streets and Tudor timber-framed buildings reminiscent of famous visitors such as William Shakespeare and Jane Austen.

Before starting your cruise from Southampton, you will need a car for local day trips to make the most of the spectacular south coast. Europcar is reliable if you need to rent a car. If you are visiting from abroad, remember to check if you need to apply for an international driving license before you leave home.

4 fantastic ways to see the best of England’s south coast

Day 1: isle of wight and the needles.

Take a boat ride over to the Isle of Wight ! This little island visible from the beaches of southern England was once the summer home of Queen Victoria. You can visit her home, Osbourne House, north of the island.

Stunning sandy beaches and beautiful walking paths cover the island, whmous for its dinosaur fossils. It gets busy in the summer, so if you are starting a cruise from Southampton in June, July, or August when kids are on school vacation, start early to avoid the crowds.

Open top bus for the best views of the Isle of Wight

From Southampton, you can either ride the passenger ferry, which takes about 20 minutes, r drive your rental car onto the car ferry for a pleasant 50-minute journey. You can leave your car, sit on the top deck in the sun, and enjoy the trip.

Once there, you will cover more sights in your vehicle than the slower public transport, but both options are viable. If you prefer to be a foot passenger, we recommend buying a bus ticket that gives you a day pass to travel around the island as much as you want within 24 hours. There are some great bus routes – try the open-top ride on the Needles Breezer for breathtaking views.

On the island’s western point, you can see The Needles – three enormous white chalk rocks standing in the ocean and guarded by a 19th-century lighthouse.

In the center of the island stands Carisbrooke Castle, earlier an artillery fortress, a king’s prison, and a royal summer residence. There are many walking paths and hiking trails over the island. Check out the Isle of Wight’s official visitor’s website to help you plan your day.

Day 2: Stonehenge – one of the most popular cruise excursions

Stonehenge is a 45-minute drive northeast of Southampton, located just outside the historic city of Salisbury and the iron-age site of Old Sarum. Start your day at the visitors center and museum, a short walk from the car parking area. A shuttle bus takes you out to the site. Built of Welsh stone over 4000 years ago, Stonehenge is surrounded by myth and legend, and its meaning and purpose have been long debated.

A pub dinner in historic Salisbury

At the end of your visit to Stonehenge, drive to Salisbury and park in one of the city’s parking garages. Enjoy an evening meal at one of the many pubs before your return to your hotel in Southampton. We recommend the historic Haunch of Venison for great gastropub dishes.

We dorecommend renting a car and drivingut to Stonehenge yourself. But if you don’t feel you can tackle driving on the left, book a tour. Viator does a good one; you can even plan to visit on your final day after your cruise. Leave the port of Southampton after you disembark and visit Salisbury, Stonehenge, and even Windsor Castle on your way back to London for your flight home. Alternatively, ask your cruise company. Many of them offer Stonehenge as an excursion pre or post-cruise. It’s a great day out!

Day 3: The New Forest, Lymington, and Beaulieu

Walking trails in the new forest.

Just a 30-minute drive west of Southampton through country lanes, The New Forest offers many adventures, from rugged country walks to lazy picnic days. Once the hunting ground of King Henry VIII, the ancient woodland is packed full of pretty villages. , startn the village of Burley.

Begin early and pick one of the named walking paths to follow, and you’ll come across free-roaming cattle, deer, donkeys, and the famous New Forest ponies.

Try our favorite walking trail, Castleman’s Corkscrew Walk, which starts in Burley Forestry Commission car park on Burley Road and takes you across pretty heathland. The local hotel Burley Manor is a good spot for coffee and snacks.

English riverside delights in Lymington.

From Burley, drive 20 minutes to the coast and the quaint town of Lymington .

You may want to eat an early lunch here, preferably at one of the small restaurants by the river at the bottom of the Georgian-style high street. Try The Kings Head Inn or The Ship Inn on the quayside for pub-style food.

Stop for delicious ice cream at the New Forest Ice Cream Parlour before renting a bike to cycle along the coast and through the forest. Helpful staff will provide you with great bikes and a route map.

Beautiful Beaulieu – a hidden forest gem

From Lymington, head to Beaulieu , located on the southeastern edge of the forest.

Beaulieu Village and Buckler’s Hard – a unique 18th village where Nelson’s warships once were built –  are fantastic to explore. Beaulieu is home to Britain’s National Motor Museum, and your kids can sample go-kart racing and see the cars in The World of Top Gear.

There is so much to see and do at Beaulieu; you could make this a full day out and leave Lymington for another day. See if you can squeeze in both before you start your cruise from Southampton.

Day 4: The Jurassic Coastline – our top pick for the best day out

 If you have time for only one day out before your cruise from Southampton, choose The Jurassic Coastline . We have left the best till last. And for a good reason.

This part of the coastline along southern England stretches 96 miles east to west and starts from Old Harry Rocks on the Isle of Purbeck in the county of Dorset, ll the way to the next county, Devon. Getting to Old Harry Rocks will take about 1 hour and 15 minutes from Southampton, so an early start is essential.

This is possibly one of our favorite spots in all of England. You can travel as far as you want, stopping at seaside towns as often as you like.

But even better is if you can stay the night on your way to make the most of this fabulous coast. Called the Jurassic Coast due to its 180 million-year-old historic rock formations, the landscape will take your breath away. Here are our top stops to explore:

Old Harry Rocks

Located at Handfast Point in Studland, this marks the eastern point of the Jurassic Coast. The whole area is a UNESCO world heritage site. On a clear day in the distance, you can see The Needles on the Isle of Wight. Park at the South Beach car park to walk out to see Old Harry. The village of Studland is a short drive away.

Corfe Castle

Rich in history and an exciting place for children to run around, Corfe Castle is fantastic to visit on a sunny day.

Over a thousand years old, from the period of William the Conqueror, the castle ruins sit on a hill at the top of Corfe Village. You’ll pay for entrance at the gate to access the ruins.

Visit the 16th village for a great pub lunch – we love The Greyhound in the center of the town. There is even a model village signposted, which your children will love exploring.

Lulworth Cove

The cove is part of the Jurassic Coast and popular with hikers and walkers. It is bustling in the summer months. Arrive early to get the closest parking spot, and take a picnic to relax and enjoy the view. The beach is full of rock pools and caves waiting to be explored.

Durdle Door

You can follow the footpath from Lulworth Cove and walk about 30 minutes to Durdle Door. Perhaps one of the most photographed spots in Southern England, this rock formation juts out at the end of the stony beach. If you don’t want to venture onto the beach, drive to the Durdle Door lookout instead for spectacular views.

Chesil Beach

From Durdle Door, drive towards Weymouth Bay. If you didn’t have lunch at Corfe, thymouth Bay has plenty of seaside eateries to tempt you along the way. From Weymouth, continue driving towards Portland. There are plenty of opportunities to have a great view of Chesil Beach.

Chesil is no regular beach – rashingle barrier separated from the mainland by a shallow tidal lagoon. It has to be experienced to be believed. The beach is at the mercy of mother nature as the rough seas swirl up stones along its 28 km stretch. Wear good shoes and enjoy the walk. It’s windy and fabulous.

This little seaside port deserves an overnight stay if you have time to spare. Its history dates back to the 8th century, lo the middle of the Jurassic Coast. You are now in the county of Devon. Shop in the tiny winding streets, try fishing and water sports o,r join an organized fossil hunting trip. This is a gem on the south coast, especially if you are traveling with children.

Getting to and from the port or your hotel in Southampton

The Port of Southampton currently operates five passenger cruise terminals. Check your cruise ticket to see which terminal your cruise ship is berthed for boarding. Here are the current four passengers terminals:

  • City Cruise Terminal
  • Mayflower Cruise Terminal
  • Ocean Cruise Terminal
  • QE II Cruise Terminal
  • Horizon Cruise Terminal

Private Transfer

A private transfer is the most costly way of traveling but the most convenient. Book before you leave home with one of our trusted suppliers. The price will be lower if there are more of you in your travel group so you can share the cost.

Train from/to central London

If you are staying in London before or after your cruise from Southampton, you can book a train ticket between Waterloo Station and Southampton. The journey is around 1 hour and 20 minutes.

Buy your ticket online before you travel to save money. From Southampton train station, you will need a taxi transfer to the cruise port (about 10 to 15 minutes, depending upon traffic). There are plenty of waiting foxis at the train station.

Train from/to London Heathrow Airport

There is no direct rotrain ute from/to London Heathrow and Southampton bYou will need to change lines, but it is possible.

From Heathrow Airport, you must first take the Heathrow Express direct to Paddington Station. Then take the underground train (the Tube ) to Waterloo to get the train to Southampton.

The train between Waterloo and Southampton takes 1 hour and 20 minutes. Buy your ticket online before you travel for a better price. From Southampton train station, you will need a taxi transfer to the cruise port (about 10 to 15 minutes, depending upon traffic). There are plenty of waiting taxis at the train station.

Train from/to London Gatwick Airport

If you fly from/to Gatwick, you can getake arain to Southampton. The journey is just under 2 hours. Buy your ticket online before you travel to save money. From Southampton train station, you will need a taxi transfer to the cruise port (about 10 to 15 minutes, depending upon traffic). There are plenty of taxis at the train station.

Coach from/to central London

You can get a direct coach between London Victoria coach station (a short walk from Victoria train station) to Southampton. The coach service is called National Express . Book before you leave home to get a guaranteed reservation. The journey time is about 2 hours.

Southampton coach station is close to the port. It takes 15 minutes to walk to the port from the coach station or a 5-minute taxi ride.

Coach from/to London Heathrow and Gatwick

If you are traveling to London Heathrow or Gatwick, there is a coach service to Southampton, and the journey time is around 2 hours. Book with National Express .

Southampton coach station is a 15-minute walk to the port from the coach station or a 5-minute taxi ride.

Cruise parking option at Southampton port

If you live in the U.K. and plan on driving to the port, here are some options for parking your car for the duration of your cruise:

  • Penguin Cruise Parking is the closest off-site car park to the cruise terminals. You check in your car, and they will transfer you and your luggage to your cruise terminal a few minutes away. Penguin Cruise Parking is an excellent way to avoid the queues you often find at the cruise terminal car park. Book online on the website. Transfers are included in the cost of your parking.
  • A.B. Parking is the official cruise car parking provider at Southampton Port and gives you easy access to City Cruise Terminal and Horizon Cruise Terminal. A.B. Parking offers parking in the open air in a secure compound.
  • Triangle Car Park is a great option if your cruise ship departs from Ocean Cruise Terminal. It takes just 5 minutes to walk to the cruise terminal from the car park.
  • Airlynx Park offers a cheaper option for parking. The car parks are not close to the port; however, it’s a park-and-ride service with a shuttle service to your cruise terminal when you have parked your car.
  • Hotel parking is worth inquiring about when you book your hotels. Hotels close to the port often offer parking during your cruise and a shuttle transfer to the port. Ask for the price and compare it to the above parking options.

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Best cruises from Southampton, England

Cruises from Southampton, England

Southampton is the largest city and a major port in the county of Hampshire, England.

The trend of luxury cruises that start from Southampton began in the middle of the 19th century.

Many renowned cruise ships can be seen here.

The cruises which depart from Southampton head to a variety of destinations, which keeps changing every month.

Best cruises from Southampton

We present below our favourite ten cruises that sail out from Southampton.

1. Crystal Serenity

Cruise Line: Crystal Cruises

Crystal Serenity, Crystal Cruises

Crystal Serenity was first launched in 2003 and then refurbished ten years later – in 2013.

The multimillion-dollar renovation made it one of the best cruises setting sail from Southampton.

This cruise now has modern and luxurious accommodation under the Crystal Penthouses category.

All staterooms on this Crystal Cruises ship have an attached balcony.

Too much sun? Why don’t you relax in your cabin, with flat-screen TVs and mini fridges? Or have a long, comfortable soak in the bathtub.

The Penthouse comes with Jacuzzis and personal butlers, making it one of the top cruise experiences.

Spend a lazy afternoon in the herb garden on the lido deck, basking in the beauty of fresh lavender and olives.

For the more active, there are language classes, wine, and food tasting sessions.

With a guest capacity of 1,070 and 655 crew members, the Crystal Serenity offers impeccable service.

There are twelve restaurants.

Your cruise itinerary can also include a visit to the ship’s Feng Shui spa, the casino and their five bars and lounges.

Size of Ship: Medium Price of Tickets: High Overall Rating: 4.4 Health Rating: 4.5 Best cruise from Southampton for: Couples, Singles, Friends

2. Seven Seas Explorer

Cruise Line: Regent Seven Seas Cruises

Seven Seas Explorer, Regent Seven Seas Cruises

The most impressive feature of Seven Seas Explorer Cruise ship is its crew-to-guest ratio.

Accommodating up to 748 passengers, it has almost as many crew members, making it one of the top cruises when it comes to hospitality.

When you are not experiencing the delectable cuisine at one of the seven on-board restaurants, you can lounge in the private luxury of your suites.

Make use of marble bathrooms, sprawling verandas, and walk-in closets.

Venture out and sample cooking lessons, relax by the pool or retreat to the library.

Night-time entertainment includes casino games, theatre shows at the Constellation Theatre and cocktail lounges.

Sail all over Europe in one of the all inclusive cruises of the Seven Seas Explorer.

Size of Ship: N/A Price of Tickets: High Overall Rating: 4.4 Health Rating: 3.5 Best cruise from Southampton for: Couples, Singles, Friends

3. Celebrity Silhouette

Cruise Line: Celebrity Cruises

Celebrity Silhouette, Celebrity Cruises

From sunny Caribbean Islands to snowy fjords of Norway, the Celebrity Silhouette has a diverse cruise itinerary.

With a passenger capacity of 2,886, this is the second largest cruise ship in the Celebrity Cruises fleet.

There is one crew member assigned to roughly three guests, so don’t worry about lack of service on this affordable cruise.

Instead, indulge in various activities from seminars to comedy shows.

Get your children engrossed in an Xbox game and use that time to relax at the frozen cocktail bar or the wine bar.

The Silhouette is one of the top cruises thanks to the sprawling rooftop Lawn Club.

It features an art studio, dining venues and The Alcoves, which are private cabanas that can be added to your cruise deals on additional payment.

Size of Ship: Large Price of Tickets: Moderate Overall Rating: 4.25 Health Rating: 5.0 Best cruise from Southampton for: Couples, Singles, Groups, Families with Children

4. Oceania Marina

Cruise Line: Oceania Cruises

Marina, Oceania Cruises

Oceania Cruises’ Marina is one of the top cruises that depart from Southampton. 800 crew members cater to 1,250 passengers, ensuring personalized service.

Ports of call of these cruises starting from this English port include destinations in Europe, South America, and the Caribbean.

Enjoy a packed cruise itinerary that includes the Canyon Ranch spa, a library, casino, nightly shows, cooking demos and seven restaurants.

Don’t miss sampling the Asian fare at Red Ginger, a highly recommended dining venue.

Depending on the cruise package you opt for rooms can include balconies, complimentary champagne, and in-room iPads.

Size of Ship: Medium Price of Tickets: High Overall Rating: 4.25 Health Rating: 5.0 Best cruise from Southampton for: Couples, Singles

5. Seven Seas Navigator

Seven Seas Navigator, Regent Seven Seas Cruises

One of the best cruises leaving from Southampton, the main attraction of the Seven Seas Navigator is its intimate setting.

The ship accommodates 496 passengers, ensuring that your cruise itinerary is spent amidst a calm environment.

Though it was launched in 1999, the ship was renovated in 2016 and now offers the best of modern luxury.

Marble bathrooms and private balconies are just a couple of the perks this top cruise has to offer.

Explore the pool deck, the specialty steakhouse, the casino or the onboard lounges.

Ports of call include exotic destinations in Europe, Asia, and Africa.

Size of Ship: Small Price of Tickets: High Overall Rating: 4.25 Health Rating: 4.0 Best cruise from Southampton for: Couples, Singles

6. Azamara Journey

Cruise Line: Azamara Club Cruises

Azamara Journey, Southampton

690 passengers and 408 crew members ensure exceptional service, making Azamara Journey one of the best cruises leaving  Southampton.

During your cruise holiday on this ship, you will enjoy all amenities which are included all inclusive cruises common in large ships.

There are seminars by experts, wine tasting sessions and many dining and entertainment options.

Rooms that have been recently revamped have mini-bars and flat-screen TVs. There is free internet and complimentary dining.

If your cruise itinerary includes more than seven nights’ stay, you can opt for cruise deals like an innovative cultural immersion program.

Onboard entertainment includes casino games and live shows, a spa, and a fitness center.

Size of Ship: Small Price of Tickets: High Overall Rating: 4.20 Health Rating: 3.5 Best cruise from Southampton for: Couples, Singles, Families with children, large groups

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7. Royal Princess

Cruise Line: Princess Cruises

Royal Princess, Southampton

A top-deck pool. The SeaWalk, or a walkway made with glass panels that stretches many feet beyond the ship’s edge.

These are two unique features that justify the inclusion of the Royal Princess among the best cruises that start from Southampton.

This Princess Cruises ship boasts of a 3,560 passenger capacity, making it a vibrant cruise.

It has been recently renovated and has interior cabins as well as bigger suites with private balconies.

There is something in the cruise itinerary for the young and old both.

There is a driving range, various youth clubs, duty-free shops, educational programs, casinos, and bars.

Ports of call include Canada, South America, Europe and the Caribbean.

Size of Ship: Large Price of Tickets: Moderate Overall Rating: 4.20 Health Rating: 5.0 Best cruise from Southampton for: Couples, Singles, Large Groups, Families with children

8. Oceania Nautica

Nautica, Oceania cruises

Oceania Cruises’ Nautica underwent a multimillion-dollar facelift and is now among the best cruises that depart from Southampton.

Your cruise deals will include the coffee bar, the putting green, and the Terrace Cafe. Onboard activities are planned usually with adults in mind.

These include tea and wine tasting sessions in the day and craft cocktails and music performances once the sun sets.

400 crew members cater to 684 passengers, maintaining consistent service. There are five restaurants that will keep your cruise vacation exciting all through.

When it comes to accommodation, you can choose from smaller interior and ocean view rooms, or splurge on Suites and Veranda rooms.

Most of the staterooms are accented in teak.

Size of Ship: Small Price of Tickets: High Overall Rating: 4.20 Health Rating: 4.0 Best cruise from Southampton for: Couples, Singles

9. Queen Victoria

Cruise Line: Cunard Line

Queen Victoria, Southampton

The Cunard Line specializes in personalized service and impeccable service for adults. Queen Victoria is a prime example of the motto of the Cunard Line.

No doubt it is ranked among the top cruises that start from Southampton. It is also one of the more affordable cruises leaving from Southampton.

The Victoria can accommodate around 2,000 passengers, in luxurious rooms as well as smaller cabins built with solo travelers in mind.

Do add sampling the delicious and varied cuisine available onboard to your cruise itinerary.

From casual food at the Golden Lion to authentic French cuisine at the Veranda Restaurant, you will be spoiled for choice.

The Veranda though is exclusive of most cruises packages and requires additional payment.

Size of Ship: Medium Price of Tickets: High Overall Rating: 4.15 Health Rating: 4.0 Best cruise from Southampton for: Couples, Singles, Groups

10. Oceania Riviera

Riviera, Southampton

Among cruises leaving from Southampton, you can choose the Oceania Riviera for the sheer variety it offers in accommodation.

Cabins start from 420 square feet and go up to a mind-boggling 2,000 square feet. All cabins have bathtubs, mini-bars, and TVs.

If your cruise deals include staying in the suites, expect a 24-hour butler service along with the above-mentioned amenities.

There are seven restaurants to choose from, offering French, Asian and other cuisines. There are also lounge bars, painting sessions, and cooking classes.

Shorter cruise packages include the Caribbean and the Mediterranean.

But if your cruise itinerary is more than 20 days, you can expect exotic ports of call in Transoceanic and Grand Voyages.

Size of Ship: Medium Price of Tickets: High Overall Rating: 4.15 Health Rating: 4.5 Best cruise from Southampton for: Couples, Singles

Other top cruises that depart from Southampton are the Jewel of the Seas (Royal Caribbean International), the Queen Mary 2 (Cunard Line), the Navigator of the Seas (Royal Caribbean Line) and many others.

If you are looking for affordable cruises, the Navigator is your best option.

Depending on your budget, you can book 3-day cruises or 2-day cruises that start from Southampton.

Hurry up and get yourself a cruises package. There are plenty to choose from!

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Thinking of booking a cruise? Here are the lines you should — and shouldn't — sail with.

  • Before you book a cruise , it's important to understand that not all cruise lines are equal.
  • Each cruise line has amenities, entertainment, and experiences tailored to specific cruisers.
  • Carnival is good for families, Virgin Voyages for solo adults, and Cunard for mature travelers. 

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I am a very, very avid cruiser. Last year alone, I spent 73 days on cruise ships .

I've sailed with most major lines, from kid-focused Disney Cruise Line to the sometimes-naughty Virgin Voyages. When people ask me which cruise ships I recommend , my answer isn't so straightforward.

Each cruise line is unique, offering amenities, entertainment, and experiences tailored to specific cruisers. What you book will depend on your needs, wants, budget, and what you'd rather avoid.

So, I've done some research about popular cruise lines and combined my personal experiences to help you decide which cruise line to book with.

After all, this is kind of the year of the cruise , with travelers predicted to set sail at some of the highest rates in years throughout 2024.

Here's what you need to know about some of the major cruise lines before you book your next trip.

Editor's Note: Price ranges were calculated at the time of publication based on available listings on each cruise site. Cruise pricing is per person, based on double occupancy and the cheapest stateroom/fare available. Prices were calculated before taxes, port charges, and other fees. Itineraries with added tours built-in were not included when calculating this information.

Carnival Cruise Line

best cruise line from southampton

Cost: $ | Prices range from $156/pp for a two-day getaway from Sydney to $3,273/pp for a 10-day Alaska cruise

Ideal for: Budget travelers, intergenerational groups, families, and partiers

Skip if: You're looking for a high-class, elegant experience or a quiet, laid-back vibe

Highlight: All Carnival cruises come with itineraries loaded with fun activities. Some ships have especially exciting features like the first roller coaster at sea, SkyRide zip-line-style aerial bikes, and themed parties.

Possible cons: This is not a cruise line for those who like to wear a tux or ball gown or have a quiet cruise experience.

Launched in 1972, Carnival Cruise Line is one of nine cruise lines owned by parent company Carnival Corporation & plc. It's the company's largest cruise line, with 27 ships. Its cruises typically range from two days to 29 days.

Carnival Cruise Line offers year-round cruises in Australia, The Bahamas, the Caribbean, and Mexico and seasonal cruises in Alaska , Bermuda, Canada, Europe, Hawaii, and New England.

Celebrity Cruises

best cruise line from southampton

Cost: $$ | Prices range from $233/pp for a three-night Key West & Bahamas cruise to $6,912/pp for a 7-night Galapagos cruise

Ideal for: Couples, families, and solo travelers

Skip if: You're looking for a slower-paced classic cruise

Highlight: All Celebrity Cruises come with amazing outdoor spaces like The Lawn Club with real grass on the top deck of Solstice Series ships and the Rooftop Terrace on Millennium Series ships. You also won't want to miss the Magic Carpet , which allows guests to hang out while suspended above the ocean on some ships.

Possible cons: This is not a cruise line for those who want to attend lectures about their ports of call.

Celebrity Cruises began sailing in 1997. There are 16 ships, which sail on itineraries ranging from three to 19 nights to nearly 300 ports of call in 70 countries.

best cruise line from southampton

Cost: $$$ | Prices range from $249/pp for a two-night cruise from Southampton, England to Hamburg, Germany, to $19,158/pp for a 111-night World Voyage

Ideal for: Sophisticated travelers and mature cruisers

Skip if: You're looking for a high-energy cruise, hoping to travel with children , or craving adventurous activities

Highlight: All Cunard cruises come with white-glove service. You won't want to miss Cunard's famous 3:30 p.m. afternoon tea, gala evenings, and fine dining arranged by stateroom grade.

Possible cons: This is a very formal cruise with strict dress codes. You won't find water slides or pool parties here.

Founded in 1840, Cunard offers a classic cruise experience with cruises ranging from two to 116 nights.

Its four ships sail to Africa, Asia, Australia, Europe, North America, and South America.

Disney Cruise Line

best cruise line from southampton

Cost: $$$ | Prices range from $422.40/pp for a two-night cruise from Sydney to Brisbane, Australia, to $5,592/pp for a 12-night Mediterranean with Greek Isles cruise

Ideal for: Disney adults , families, and intergenerational groups

Skip if: You don't want to vacation around a bunch of children and you crave peace and quiet

Highlight: All Disney Cruise Line cruises come with heaps of Disney magic in the way of special events and details. You won't want to miss character meet and greets, pirate-themed parties with fireworks, and passengers trading pins and leaving treats inside decorative pouches hung on stateroom doors.

Possible cons: There is a significant child population on most of these cruises and not much adults-only entertainment. Dinners in the main dining can get loud, and, just like at the theme parks, there can be many queues for activities and other offerings.

Disney Cruise Line first set sail in the 1990s and has five active ships, with the new Disney Treasure set to debut in December. The line has sailings all around the globe, and most range from two to 15 nights.

Holland America Line

best cruise line from southampton

Cost: $$ | Prices range from $94/pp for a one-day Pacific Northwest cruise to a $27,399/pp for a 132-day Grand Voyage

Ideal for: Music lovers and sophisticated world travelers who appreciate European hospitality and smaller ships

Skip if: You're young, traveling with children, or want to party

Highlight: All Holland America Line cruises come with a dose of Dutch hospitality and elegance. During my cruise with the line, I enjoyed the Dutch cuisine and Music Walk , which features live performances at B.B. King's Blues Club, Rolling Stone Rock Room, and Billboard Onboard.

Possible cons: The line takes its formal nights really seriously and attracts an older crowd.

Holland America Line has had ships sailing the globe for over 140 years. Its 11 ships cruise to more than 425 ports of call on seven continents, and cruises range from one to 118 days.

MSC Cruises

best cruise line from southampton

Cost: $ | Prices range from $80/pp for a three-night Mediterranean cruise to $46,149/pp for a 116-night World Cruise

Ideal for: Budget travelers, families, intergenerational groups, big groups

Skip if: You're looking for lots of food options or top-tier entertainment

Highlight: All MSC Cruises offer great value — and good pizza

Possible cons: The cruise fare does not include many dining options, and the evening entertainment skews old-school and a bit more basic than some other cruise lines that do Broadway-worthy shows.

MSC Cruises has 22 ships, with one more projected to join its fleet by 2025. The line has sailings all around the globe, and most range from two to 118 nights.

Norwegian Cruise Line

best cruise line from southampton

Cost: $$ | Prices range from $79/pp for a one-day Australia cruise to $4,379/pp for a 10-day European cruise

Ideal for: Couples, families, and solo cruisers

Skip if: You're looking for structure, ballroom dancing, and fancy dinners

Highlight: All Norwegian Cruise Line cruises offer freestyle dining. You won't want to miss its Broadway-level shows and generous drink package, which is often offered complimentary.

Possible cons: This is not a cruise line for those who like formal dress codes, and some dislike the à la carte pricing.

Norwegian Cruise Line has been sailing the world for over 57 years. Its 19 ships visit 400-plus ports on seven continents, and cruises typically last one to 25 days.

Princess Cruises

best cruise line from southampton

Cost: $$ | Prices range from $127/pp for a two-day Australia Seacation to $24,098/pp for a 98-day World Cruise

Ideal for: Mature solo travelers, couples, and retirees

Skip if: You're looking for lots of activities and party vibes. Princess Cruises tend to attract an older crowd, and the shows and activities reflect this. There aren't many events offered each day. On the three cruises I sailed with Princess, the entertainment was primarily musicals, piano players, and singers backed by an orchestra. There were only a handful of children on each cruise.

Highlight: All Princess Cruises offer Discovery and Animal Planet-exclusive shore excursions — and many have an excellent onboard lecture series.

Possible cons: This is not a cruise line for those who like to party, love water slides, or have teenagers.

Founded in 1965, Princess Cruises has 16 ships that sail to 330 destinations worldwide on itineraries from three to 111 days

Royal Caribbean

best cruise line from southampton

Cost: $$ | Prices range from $196/pp for a two-night Hong Kong cruise to $8,266/pp for a 13-night Arctic Circle cruise

Ideal for: Couples, families, and intergenerational travelers

Highlight: All Royal Caribbean cruises come with fun activities and a broad range of entertainment options. Some have the Ultimate Abyss , the tallest slide at sea, or the glass capsule North Star , the tallest viewing deck on a cruise ship. You won't want to miss the Oasis Class ships' seven distinctly themed neighborhoods and Royal Promenade, a mall-like thoroughfare with shops, restaurants, and lounges that runs the length of the ship.

Possible cons: Many of its ships are mega-ships, so this isn't the line for you if you want a more intimate trip.

Founded in 1968, Royal Caribbean sails to about 240 destinations on six continents. Cruises range from two to 22 nights.

Royal Caribbean has many of the world's largest cruise ships in its fleet of more than 20 vessels.

Virgin Voyages

best cruise line from southampton

Cost: $$ | Prices range from $415/pp for a four-night roundtrip cruise from England to Amsterdam to a $3,072/pp for a 13-night Canada, Carolina, and Miami cruise

Ideal for: Child-free travelers, health enthusiasts, the glamorous, and those who don't like strict rules

Skip if: You want a classic cruise, need structure, or can't handle playfulness (and, sometimes, naughtiness)

Highlight: All Virgin Voyages are child-free, and everyone gets unlimited WiFi, access to group fitness classes, and gratuities included in their fare. You won't want to miss its famous Scarlet Night, 20 eateries (every venue is considered specialty dining), and eclectic shows like "Untitled DanceShowPartyThing."

Possible cons: There aren't traditional song-and-dance shows, assigned dining times, and nightly portrait photography

Virgin Voyages has been sailing its "Lady Ships" inspired by superyachts since 2021. Three nearly identical ships are currently in service, and a fourth one is set to set sail later this year.

Virgin Voyages sails to about 100 destinations in Australia, Europe, the Mediterranean, the Caribbean, and the United Kingdom on cruises ranging from three to 16 nights.

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7 of the most luxurious cruises leaving from Southampton in June 2024

Getting away from the hustle and bustle of usual life can be a great way to recharge, and what better way than to take a trip on a cruise from Southampton?

There are several leaving from the city in June that are sailing all over the world including the likes of Cunard, P&O, Fred Olsen and MSC to name a few.

In total, there are 52 international cruises listed to depart from Southampton during this month, and prices are correct as of June 1, 2024.

Here's a selection of some of the journeys you can go on, with a full list being available at the Southampton Cruise Centre website .

7 luxurious cruises leaving Southampton in June 2024

Spain, portugal & canary islands.

Provider : MSC Cruises

Departing : Monday, June 3

This voyage from MSC Cruises will last 12 nights and will take in destinations such as Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Madeira and Lanzarote.

At the time of writing, there are fares from £735 per person

Provider : P&O Cruises

Departing : Sunday, June 9

This adult-only cruise from P&O will last 16 nights and will stop off at locations such as Ålesund, Grundarfjørdur and Reykjavík.

It will also cruise by areas like Eyafjordur and Hrisey Island before visiting Belfast on its way back home to Southampton.

At the time of writing, there are fares from £1,175 per person

Isles Of Legacy & Legend

Provider : Regent Seven Seas Cruises

This 12-night cruise will be hopping all over the UK and Ireland, with the ship visiting spots such as Newcastle, Newhaven/Edinburgh, Belfast, Douglas and Ringaskiddy.

At the time of writing, there are fares from £9,433 per person

Springtime Falls & Norwegian Fjords

Provider : Fred Olsen

Departing : Wednesday, June 19

This eight-night cruise from Fred Olsen will cruise by a number of spots including Lysefjord, Sognefjord and Hardangerfjord.

Alongside that, it will visit Haugesund, Flåm and Ulvik before returning to Southampton.

At the time of writing, there are fares from £1,299 per person

14-Day Land of the Midnight Sun

Provider : Princess Cruises

Departing : Saturday, June 15

This 14-night cruise will stop off at destinations such as Haugesund, Geiranger, Trondheim and Ålesund around Norway.

At the time of writing, there are fares from £1,357 per person

Transatlantic Crossing, New England and Canada

Provider : Cunard

Departing : Sunday, June 23

This 21-night cruise will travel across the Atlantic Ocean, stopping off at New York, Halifax in Nova Scotia and Boston in Massachusetts before returning to Southampton.

At the time of writing, you will need to call 02380 658 386 to find out prices.

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Northern Europe and Scandinavia

Departing : Sunday, June 30

This 14-night cruise will visit picturesque locations such as Hamburg, Copenhagen, Helsinki and Stockholm before returning to Southampton.

At the time of writing, there are fares from £1,267 per person

Most of the cruises leaving Southampton in June will be travelling around Europe, and some will go to the USA (Image: Matthew Barra/Pexels)

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Located along the southern coast of England and only 69 miles away from London, Southampton is a fantastic departure port for a cruise around Europe. This thriving city full of history, culture, shopping, and world-class cuisine is a great jumping-off point for excursions to places like the mysterious stone ruins of Stonehenge and the small cathedral city of Winchester, where legendary author Jane Austen once lived.

Cruises from Southampton sail to some of Europe’s most coveted destinations, including seaside towns in the Mediterranean, the stunning Norwegian Fjords, and Scandinavia. Cruises from the UK also visit unforgettable ports in Portugal, Spain, Italy, Iceland, Ireland, and the Canary Islands.

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London (southampton) city stays.

Embark on an in-depth experience in the city where your cruise starts. Stay in accommodations we’ve carefully selected. Enjoy tours guided by experts to see the must-sees and do the must-dos. Take private transportation between your airport, hotel, and ship.

Guided Tour Highlights:  Experience a cruise along the Thames River. Enjoy a day trip to Bath and the Cotswolds. Discover the ancient mystique of Stonehenge.

Top Destinations on Cruises from Southampton

Norwegian fjords.

Sail down fjords that date back to the Ice Age and stop in quaint waterfront towns during a Norway cruise. During your vacation, you’ll witness unforgettable landscapes full of towering waterfalls, rocky cliffs, emerald green waters, and colorful architecture. During your cruise, you’ll see natural wonders up close, like Nærøyfjord, one of Norway’s most spectacular fjords, and Briksdal Glacier, one of the largest glaciers in all of Europe.

The Mediterranean

Soak up the history, culture, and food of the beautiful Mediterranean, a seaside paradise for those looking to experience the best of Europe. Travel to the region’s most popular destinations, including Italy’s Amalfi Coast, and the luxurious towns of the French Riviera. You’ll find there’s no shortage of charms to enjoy, including delicious cuisine and historic landmarks.

Iceland & Ireland

Discover the pastoral beauty of Ireland and the natural wonders of Iceland during a cruise that visits both of these scenic countries. Dance to live music and admire historic churches and cathedrals in Cork. Dip into the famous Blue Lagoon in Reykjavik and sample the city’s unique culinary scene. While in Akureyri, explore the ancient lava formations of Dimmuborgir and the stunning landscapes of the Namafjall Mountain.

Scandinavia

Experience the best of Scandinavia on a luxury cruise. Embark on an unforgettable adventure through the Norwegian fjords, or visit the vibrant city of Oslo. Spend a night in Copenhagen, a cosmopolitan city with fantastic Baroque castles. Visit Stockholm, the Swedish capital with an eye for avant-garde art and cool design.

Canary Islands

Unwind on the golden sand beaches of the Canary Islands, a heavenly archipelago located just off the coast of Morocco. These Spanish islands are full of natural wonders, including sprawling sand dunes, vibrant coral reefs, massive craters, and the world’s third-largest volcano. In Tenerife, savor fresh seafood and wander around its picturesque Old Town, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. While in Gran Canaria, simply relax under the sun at one of the island’s glamourous beaches.

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Celebrity Apex, the second ship in our revolutionary Edge® Series, takes our one-of-a-kind outward-facing design further than ever, creating an intimate connection between you, the sea, and every exciting place you’re about to visit. Expansive open-air spaces let you soak up the sun, the sea air, and the spectacular scenery to the max. Fine dining on board rivals any restaurant you’ll find on land. And there are even more ways to relax and be entertained.

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On cruises from Southampton, explore the fascinating cities of Europe while sailing in complete luxury. During your cruise with Celebrity Cruises ® , you’ll visit cosmopolitan capitals and quaint towns, exploring both natural wonders and incredible landmarks. 

After spending a busy day in port, enjoy world-class service and delicious cuisine on board. Unwind in the soothing Solarium or recharge at our relaxing Spa. Head to one of our specialty restaurants or enjoy dinner in the ship’s main restaurant. Whether you’re on board or off, you’ll experience the vacation of a lifetime with Celebrity Cruises.

Make memories you’ll cherish forever on a family cruise . Whether it’s the sunshine and culture of the Mediterranean, the breathtaking landscapes of Norway, or the fascinating history of the Baltics, you’ll find there are always new adventures for all ages to be had. On board the ship, kids will love Camp at Sea, our fully customizable kids club that offers over 500 activities.

Southampton Port Facilities & Location

Address: western docks, herbert walker ave, southampton, so15 1hj.

The Southampton cruise port is one of the largest ports in the world. Cruises from Southampton depart from the City Cruise Terminal, which is easily reached from Southampton International Airport via taxi or bus. If you’re arriving at the port via London, you can either take a two-hour drive from the city to the cruise terminal, a train from Waterloo Station, which will take about an hour and 15 minutes, or a bus ride from Victoria Coach Station, which takes around two-and-a-half hours.

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Top things to do before your cruise from the uk, experience the wonder of stonehenge.

One of the most iconic excursions to go on before Southampton cruises is a visit to Stonehenge. Famous for its Neolithic engineering as well as its mysteriousness, Stonehenge features a stone circle that was built from massive stones weighing as much as 25 tons that had to have been transported incredibly long distances using only the simple tools they had available at the time. It’s an incredible experience to walk around the circle and imagine a former civilization constructing it thousands of years ago.

Shop on Oxford Street

Spanning 1.5 miles, London’s Oxford Street is a shopper’s paradise. As one of the world’s largest retail streets, you’ll find a little bit of everything for every type of budget, from high-street brands like Topshop and River Island to legendary department stores such as Marks & Spencer and Selfridges. Squeeze in a shopping session before your Southampton cruise, or simply stroll through the pedestrian-friendly street, where you’ll also be able to enjoy dozens of trendy restaurants, cafes, and bars.

Top Sights & Attractions Near Southampton

Windsor castle.

Dating back to the 11th century, Windsor Castle has served as the royal home for over 39 monarchs over the span of 900 years, making it the oldest and largest occupied castle in the world. Visit the State Apartments, where Queen Elizabeth used to host her official visits. See Queen Mary’s doll house from the 1920s, which was built to include electricity and running water. Stop in St. George’s Chapel, the site where Prince Harry and Meghan Markle got married in 2018.

Visit Runnymede, the place where the Magna Carta was signed in 1215. The picturesque meadows became the unofficial birthplace of democracy over 800 years ago, when King James signed the Magna Carta into existence. There are several memorials to explore in the site, including the Magna Carta Memorial, the JFK Memorial (a plaque that commemorates the former U.S. president’s legacy after his assassination), and the Commonwealth Air Forces Memorial, which includes the names of the more than 20,000 members of the Allied Air Forces who died during World War II.

River Thames

As the home of several popular landmarks, including the London Eye and Tower Bridge, the River Thames is the longest river in England and a quintessential London attraction. Take a river cruise down its gentle waters and admire the cityscape in the distance. Stroll along the Thames and stop for lunch or dinner at a riverside restaurant. Cross the bridge by either walking over the iconic Tower Bridge or the futuristic Millennium Bridge—a great spot to take a selfie with the Thames in the background.

When can I cruise from Southampton

Our ships sail from Southampton between April and October. No matter which month you choose to travel, we’ll transport you to Europe’s most desirable destinations. For warm, sunny weather and smaller crowds, the best time to take a cruise from Southampton is generally between April and June or September and October. If you’re planning on bringing the whole family along, you can’t beat our summer sailings around the stunning Mediterranean.

What food should I try in Southampton?

For a quintessential English dining experience, look for menus with the following items: Bakewell pudding, a dessert with a pastry base that has an almond filling and is topped with jam and icing; spotted dick, another dessert pudding featuring currants and raisins; Cornish pastry, a savory pastry filled with meat and vegetables; Lancashire hotpot, a stew made with lamb and potatoes; fish and chips, with battered, deep-fried fish served alongside fries; and curry, since England is known for its Indian and Bangladeshi food, particularly chicken tikka masala. 

When you’re in England, don’t miss the chance to savor the country’s iconic traditional breakfast of bacon, sausage, fried eggs, baked beans, mushrooms, black pudding, a roasted tomato, and toast.

Afternoon tea is also a popular way to get a taste of England. A traditional English tea usually has scones with jam, butter, clotted cream, and tea. A couple of the best places to get tea during your Southampton cruise port of call are at Grand Café, which offers two different types of afternoon tea, and Elsie’s Tea Room, which has a vintage feel.

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Southampton docks

Some of the world’s largest ships dock in this city but it’s also an interesting place to visit.

With a Medieval wall, the SeaCity museum, an art gallery, top theatre and a sprawling shopping area, there are lots of reasons to stay in Southampton.

And with the beautiful New Forest just a few miles away, there are plenty of places to explore in the area.

If you’re boarding or alighting a cruise ship, then reserving a hotel room nearby means you can rest before or after your trip.

Whether you are looking for accommodation close to the docks, in the centre of town, near the motorway or within easy reach of the airport, we’ve put together some of the best 4 and 5 star luxury hotels in Southampton near the cruise port terminals, some offer a free shuttle service and cruise parking .

Make your cruise even more special by adding a few extra days to your holiday.

Southampton Cruise Port

Southampton is the most popular cruise port in the UK, home to 5 different cruise terminals.

  • City Cruise Terminal – Western Docks
  • Mayflower Cruise Terminal – Berth 106, Dock Gate 10
  • Ocean Cruise Terminal – Cunard Road
  • QEII Cruise Terminal – Berth 38/39, Dock Gate 4
  • Horizon Cruise Terminal – Berth 102

All terminals are within 5 to 10 minutes from each other.

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What are the Best 4 and 5 Star Hotels near Southampton Cruise Ship Terminal (City Centre)?

Southampton city centre

A few hotels are within walking distance from both City and Ocean cruise terminal . The closest hotel to Ocean terminal is the five star Ennios Boutique Hotel, while Leonardo Royal is within close distance of City Cruise Terminal.

Note : You could walk to these cruise terminals but still it’s a 10 to 15 minutes walk, which is not always convenient with heavy luggage. Taking a quick ride in a taxi is an easy option.

The best way to get from your hotel to Mayflower and QEII cruise terminals is by taxi, it only takes 5 to 10 minutes depending on which terminal. The cost will be £5 to £9. Unfortunately there is no public transport or shuttle service from hotels to Southampton port .

All city centre hotels are within easy reach of the port and you should find the perfect Southampton hotel you need from our list. We cover some luxury 4 and 5 star hotels, as well as some cheaper good value for money accommodation. These are our recommendations;

1. Harbour Hotel Southampton ★★★★★ (Luxury)

Nestled on the water’s edge of a private marina, the Southampton Harbour Hotel & Spa is one of the closest hotels to the cruise port. It’s under a mile from the terminal and reachable in minutes.

As Southampton’s only larger 5-star hotel , it’s arguably the best accommodation in town and offers luxurious facilities including a spa with an indoor pool and an impressive gym. The restaurant is award winning and the rooftop bar comes with jaw-dropping views.

Opened in 2017, the décor is modern and contemporary. Each of the 119 rooms has delightful extras such as complimentary gin and sherry, White Company toiletries, Egyptian cotton sheets and rain showers.

You can leave you vehicle at the hotel during your cruise, cost would be £15.00 per night.

Why Stay Here

  • Luxury 5 star hotel with Spa
  • Free cruise shuttle transfer (subject to availability)
  • One of the best hotels near Southampton port

Cruise Expert Rating: 9/10

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2. Ennios Boutique Hotel ★★★★★ (Opposite Ferry Terminal)

The old Geddes Warehouse once stored the luggage of passengers about to board the Titanic . Today the building boasts 10 boutique bedrooms and a much-rated Italian restaurant. The Ennios Boutique Hotel’s menu of authentic pasta dishes and fresh fish tempts diners at mealtimes. A collection of alfresco tables offer the perfect setting in summer.

The bedrooms have architectural features that refer to the building’s past, and each has a king-size bed, a pair of comfy chairs and a modern bathroom. If you’re heading off on a cruise, this hotel is ideally located as it’s just a few minutes from the port.

  • Perfect location, close to Cruise Port
  • Small boutique hotel
  • Lovely contemporary rooms

3. THE PIG-in the wall (City Centre)

Built into the Medieval city wall adjoining Westgate, The Pig-in the Wall is as unique and quirky as they come. Looking like they belong in a magazine shoot, each of the 12 bedrooms has been furnished lovingly.

Beautiful antique-oak floors , fireplaces and luxury fabrics feature in the rooms, and there’s a larder of vintage snacks in each one as an added bonus. A deli-bar provides casual dishes such as fig and cheese platters or apple and berry tart.

This boutique hotel is one street back from the waterfront and about half a mile from the docks.

  • Boutique-style hotel
  • Beautiful hotel & rooms
  • Near to cruise port terminals

4. The White Star Tavern ★★★ (Good Value)

The White Star Tavern is an elegant Fuller’s pub on the corner of pedestrianised Oxford Street. Originally built in the 19th century, there’s a nice mix of old and new features in this renovated bar.

Along with a menu of great food that’s been awarded 2 AA Rosettes, the Tavern offers comfortable and tastefully furnished rooms. The bedrooms are all named after ships that were once part of the White Star fleet and come with double beds, rain showers and fully-stocked minibars.

  • Good value for money
  • Great location close to bars and restaurants
  • Well furnished and decorated rooms

5. Leonardo Hotel Southampton – Formerly Jurys Inn ★★★★ (Popular)

Leonardo is a well-known brand so you know you’re going to get a friendly welcome and top-quality facilities. The Southampton hotel is close to Solent University and it overlooks the northern end of East Park.

With a total of 270 rooms, this is one of the largest hotels in the town. The bedrooms are smartly decorated with a splash of colour, and from the higher floors, there’s a view of the docks . On the ground floor there’s a modern restaurant that serves up tasty evening meals, and for snacks and drinks there’s a bar and coffee shop as well.

  • Larger hotel
  • Central location within short walking distance to shops and restaurants

Cruise Expert Rating: 8/10

6. Leonardo Royal Southampton Grand Harbour ★★★★ (Popular Hotel)

The Leonardo Royal Grand Harbour has a classical elegance that oozes luxury. With its standout glass atrium, it’s an iconic building of Southampton. Spoil yourself before or after a cruise with a stay in this 4-star hotel, located just opposite to the City Cruise Terminal.

The spa offers a pool, sauna and a long list of treatments plus the gym is equipped with state-of-the-art cardio machinery. When it comes to mealtime, book a table at the Marco Pierre White Steakhouse and enjoy a nightcap in the Royal Bar afterwards.

The hotel is set just back from the waterfront of Southampton, a 5-minute drive from the cruise port terminal.

  • One of closest hotels to City Cruise Terminal
  • Spa & swimming pool
  • Suites with Jacuzzi in the room

7. The Claremont ★★★ (Bed and Breakfast)

When it comes to guesthouses in Southampton, they don’t come more central than The Claremont. This family-run B&B is close to all the must-see places in the city such as the SeaCity Museum and Solent Sky exhibition. Located 450 metres from The Mayflower Theatre, it’s the ideal accommodation if you’ve got tickets to a show. The property is about a 5-10 minute drive to the port.

With 15 bedrooms on offer, there’s one for every budget , and they all come with tea & coffee making facilities and free wi-fi. Their full English breakfasts are served in the light and airy dining room and are the perfect start to the day.

  • Bed & Breakfast
  • Short walk from the train station & city centre
  • Budget friendly

8. room2 Southampton Hometel ★★★★ (Aparthotel)

room2 Southampton is an aparthotel that mixes the comforts of home with a hipster-cafe vibe. With a top location overlooking Queens Park that’s just a short stroll from the Ocean Village marina, it’s the ideal accommodation from which to explore.

Places to stay with fully-equipped kitchens and squishy sofas in the room are few and far between but you get this and more with room2 hotels. Loft rooms sleep up to 4 people which is great for families.

There’s also an on-site fitness centre, coffee shop and snack bar plus lots of space to relax in reception.

  • Rooms with kitchen
  • Close to Southampton cruise port

What are the Best Hotels near Southampton Railway and Coach Station?

The railway and coach stations in Southampton are located in the north-west of the city centre.

A few hotels are within 5 to 10 minutes walking distance such as the Novotel and budget friendly ibis hotel, but you can easily take a local taxi to any city centre hotel. It will take you only a few minutes.

1. Novotel Southampton ★★★★ (Very Popular)

If staying close to the train station is important, the Novotel is a great option . It’s a 5 to 10-minute walk from the railway platform and the cruise terminal is just over a mile away. This 4-star hotel has an ultra-modern interior. The reception area makes use of clean lines and chrome with pops of bright colour used in the lounge sofas and chairs.

The indoor pool is an added bonus and the gym is available for fitness enthusiasts. It’s a larger hotel with 121 rooms and a restaurant, bar and breakfast area so there’s everything required for a great short stay in Southampton.

  • Walking distance to railway station
  • Not far from restaurants and shopping area
  • Indoor swimming pool

Cruise Expert Rating: 7/10

2. ibis Southampton ★★★ (Affordable)

There are 2 ibis hotels in Southampton – they are next to each other and a few minutes’ walk from the railway station. The ibis Southampton is contemporary, fresh and vibrant. They know how to deliver what guests want here – a limitless breakfast, a casual coffee bar and clean bedrooms with an en-suite shower.

The fuss-free approach leaves you plenty of time to visit all the great places the city has to offer, such as the Medieval wall, Ocean Village and SeaCity Museum. There is cruise parking on site which is £10 per day per 24 hours.

  • Budget friendly accommodation
  • Close to railway & National Express coach station (5 minutes)
  • Great for short pre cruise stay

3. ibis budget Southampton Centre ★★ (Affordable)

The ibis budget Hotel in Southampton offers bright, clean rooms that are easy on the wallet. It’s located a 10-minute walk to the train station and a short taxi ride to Southampton docks . With doubles, twins, triples and bunk-bed rooms on offer, you can book exactly what you need for your stay.

Bedrooms are functional and come with more than you’d expect for the price. A compact shower room, TV on the wall and small corner worktop come as standard. Breakfast is a simple Continental offering but it’s unlimited and will set you up well for the day ahead.

  • Cheap accommodation
  • 6 minutes walk from coach station
  • Near IKEA Southampton

What are the Best Hotels Outside City Centre (good when driving to cruise port)?

1. holiday inn express southampton west, an ihg hotel ★★★ (free parking).

For a quality hotel that’s great for exploring Hampshire, the Holiday Inn Express Southampton West is top of the list. Located close to Junction 1 of the M271 and with free parking , it’s ideal if you’re bringing the car and the drive onto the port will only take 10 to 15 minutes, depending in which cruise terminal.

Marwell Zoo and Peppa Pig World are within easy reach for families and the New Forest is close by too.

In the hotel there’s a generous lounge area for kicking back in and the onsite bar and eatery is fairly priced. The 105 bedrooms are very spacious and comfy, plus a slap-up breakfast is part of the deal.

  • Outside city centre
  • Free parking

2. The Elizabeth House Hotel ★★★ (Free Parking)

Formerly two grand Victorian houses, the Elizabeth House Hotel is a smaller place with lovely high ceilings, traditional sash windows and polished wood bannisters. Evening meals get a special mention, there is a changing seasonal menu offering delicious dishes.

The 27 rooms and 4 apartments are individually furnished and have home-from-home comforts such as tea and coffee making facilities and soft lighting. Situated near Southampton Common, the city centre is just over a mile away so it’s easy to nip into town from the hotel. Long-term cruise parking is available but is subject to availability and needs to pre-booked.

  • Very budget friendly
  • Only 5 to 15 min drive to Southampton cruise terminals

3. Holiday Inn Express Southampton – M27, J7 ★★★ (Popular Hotel)

Bright and contemporary, the Holiday Inn Express at Junction 7 of the M27 is a welcoming hotel. The 127 rooms are all a decent size and come with free wi-fi, a modern en-suite bathroom, TV and tea and coffee making facilities. Breakfast is included and the choice of what to eat is wide with both a full English and Continental available.

Explore the New Forest from this hotel, it’s about a 20-minute drive away, and it’s a 6-mile ride in the car from the centre of Southampton. The port terminals and docks can be reached in 15 to 20 minutes for boarding a cruise. Parking is free for the duration of your stay, for any additional nights there is a charge extra of around £10.00 per night.

  • Outside city centre and easy to get to

Best Hotels near London Heathrow Airport

1. hilton garden inn london heathrow terminal 2 and 3 ★★★★.

Designed to give guests the best night’s sleep, the Hilton Garden Inn at Heathrow Airport Terminal 2 and 3 has a sumptuous contemporary style. The windows are soundproofed so you’re not disturbed and there’s a fashionable bar and restaurant for a bite to eat.

If you are flying in for your cruise, this hotel fits the bill. You can get from the airport by Hoppa Bus in just 5 minutes, and Hatton Cross tube station is walking distance away. The drive to and from Southampton docks takes around 2.5 hours depending on traffic.

  • One of best London Heathrow airport hotels
  • Walking distance from airport
  • Right next to terminal 2

2. Leonardo London Heathrow Airport ★★★★

The Leonardo London Heathrow Hotel is close to the airport terminals – the ride on the Hoppa Bus takes around 5 minutes. You can’t argue with the room rates – they are budget-friendly all year around. Fitted out with all the facilities you’d expect from a trusted hotel chain, there’s also a small gym and a great restaurant that offers international cuisine.

Soundproofed windows and luxury bedding ensures that you are well-rested during your stay here. And room service means you can order your favourite refreshments 24 hours a day.

  • Close to Terminals 1-2-3
  • Hoppa bus stops at hotel
  • Good value hotel near Heathrow Airport

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1. Great Scotland Yard Hotel – part of Hyatt ★★★★★ (Luxury)

The Great Scotland Yard Hotel building is an 1820s townhouse located around the corner from iconic places such as Trafalgar Square, Pall Mall and Downing Street. One of the best hotels in London, every detail is exquisite and reminiscent of the building’s history. Soft beds with deep quilts feature in the bedrooms and rain showers are fitted in the bathrooms.

Al a carte breakfasts greet you in the morning and a whisky bar tempts you at night. If you want to treat yourself to 5-star luxury before heading off on your cruise holiday, this is the place to book.

  • Luxury 5 star hotel
  • Iconic hotel
  • Located in central London, minutes from Trafalgar Square

2. St. James’ Court, A Taj Hotel, London ★★★★ (Great Value)

A glorious, red-brick Victorian mansion façade hides the 4-star St. James’ Court, A Taj Hotel, London. The star of the show is a discreet courtyard garden that provides immediate peace from the hustle of the city. The décor is stately from the reception hall to the bedrooms.

Three eateries serve a range of dishes and one restaurant holds a Michelin star. Jiva Spa has a full menu of treatments and there’s a gym too for the health conscious. Located in SW1, Victoria Railway Station is a 7 to 10-minute walk away – ideal if you’re hopping on a train to reach the cruise port of Southampton.

  • Upscale hotel with spa & comfortable rooms
  • Close to Buckingham Palace
  • Located near Victoria coach & railway station

3. Park Plaza Westminster Bridge London ★★★★ (Very Popular)

With a South Bank location opposite Big Ben, the Houses of Parliament and the London Eye, the Park Plaza Westminster Bridge has the best location for sight-seeing. The interior is modern and swish and it boasts a long list of amenities.

An indoor pool, the Mandara Spa, a small fitness centre, choice of restaurants and a patisserie are just some of the facilities on offer here. Bedrooms are available in all sizes and budgets from a standard twin to a top-floor suite, and they all come with wi-fi, a large desk and minibar.

Waterloo Station is very close by if you are catching a train to Southampton.

  • Great location
  • Swimming pool & Spa
  • Rooms with Big Ben & London Eye view

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Best Family Cruise Ships

A family cruise is the best time of holiday to choose when you want to cater for all ages. Cruising is so popular because there is so much to do onboard and entertainment for all the family. Cruise lines go above and beyond when they are creating family friendly cruises and introducing new ships. 

We have selected 5 family orientated cruise ships for you to discover your next family cruise holiday.

Royal Caribbean Icon of the Seas

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This ship is an extraordinary class of adventure with some of the most daring thrills and relaxing chills. Pick from 7 swimming pools and 9 whirlpools all with spectacular ocean views plus an all-you-can-swim buffet. Visit Swim and Tonic, the largest swim up bar at sea, for a midday cocktail or for ultimate beach club vibes, go 8 storeys up to the Hideaway Pool. For more of a thrill, explore Category 6. With 6 record breaking slides, the first open freefall slide and the first mat-racing duo at sea, this is the largest waterpark at sea.

If you are an adrenaline seeker, take part in Crown’s Edge, a part skywalk part rope course on the outside of the ship. This vessel caters for adults too with the Cloud 17 Retreat. This includes a secluded pool with private access to the Lime and Coconut bar, it truly is an adults-only oasis. On an evening, visit the AquaDome for vistas of athletes pulling off superhuman stunts or explore the biggest ice arena in the fleet, Absolute Zero.

Disney Dream 

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Step onboard the Disney Dream for a magical voyage from start to finish. A Disney cruise is perfect for children who want the chance to meet and greet their favourite characters from Mickey Mouse to Cinderella. During the day, venture on the AquaDuck, the first ever water coaster at sea! Explore the ship through a water-flowing acrylic tube as it takes you all over the ship. By night, experience Broadway-calibre performances in the Walt Disney Theatre or have a family karaoke night in the D Lounge. Alongside deck parties and Sail Away celebrations, there is so much to see and do on this Disney cruise ship. 

Norwegian Prima

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With countless opportunities for adventure and excitement, Norwegian Prima has innovations to elevate everyone’s experience. Prima is a first in a new class of ship for Norwegian Cruise Line and is the newest and most innovative ship in the whole fleet. Alongside first-class service and more outdoor space than ever, there is an Infinity Beach pool, the Ocean Walk glass walkway and a Starbucks so you don’t miss your daily frappuccinos. Prima also debuts the biggest go-kart track in the fleet, Prima Speedway, which spans over 3 decks. 

MSC Virtuosa

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As one of two of the largest ships in MSC Cruises’ fleet, MSC Virtuosa has so much to offer for families of all ages. Slide on 3 twisting slides in the most intricate and exciting water parks at sea, the Polar Aquapark. Enjoy virtual reality races with the F1 Simulators or challenge your family to a game at the full-size Bowling Alley. For nighttime entertainment, discover the TV Studio Bar which houses a radio broadcasting suite, TV broadcasting live games, a comedy club and a live music venue. 

P&O Cruises Iona

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Iona is the perfect vessel for families out of this fleet. Adults can relax while kids enjoy various activities at The Reef, a kids club for children aged 2-12. For 13-17 year olds there is the Scene which houses video games, a pool table and table football. Challenge your family with a game of golf, archery or football in the Sports Court before heading to Ocean Studios, a 4-screen cinema showing the latest blockbusters movies. The SkyDome is the place to go for poolside relaxation, live entertainment throughout the day and onboard shopping. For a complete adults-only evening, visit the Limelight Club for a night out with a 3 course meal. 

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Popular homeports:, full list of all homeports:, travel document requirements for sailings from u.s. homeports (excluding honoulu, hawaii & seward, alaska).

Here are the current requirements for our guests sailing from the U.S. Booked guests will be provided the latest full details prior to sailing. Please select the citizenship options below to learn the right requirements:

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Accepted Identification for U.S. Citizens & Permanent Residents

Note: U.S. Cruises that visit Colombia or Panama If your sailing visits Colombia or Panama, see your protocols here .

In order to sail, a guest must meet the requirements of ONE of the check boxes below.

All documents must be original – no photocopies. Your name must match across documents. What if I had a name change?

  • U.S. Passport Book OR U.S. Passport Card
  • Royal Caribbean strongly recommends that all guests travel with a valid passport. Learn why a passport is best.
  • Passports must be valid at least 6 months after your cruise ends
  • Read more about passport requirements.
  • Original U.S. Birth Certificate AND Valid Government Issued ID (State ID Card, Driver’s License OR Military ID)
  • U.S. Birth Certificates must be the original or an official document issued by the government.
  • Read more about birth certificate requirements.
  • Guests age 15 and under are NOT required to have a photo ID, just the birth certificate.
  • Permanent Resident Card (Alien Resident Card "ARC" OR Green Card) AND Valid Passport from Country of Citizenship
  • Guests must bring their physical Permanent Resident Card and it must be original – no photocopies.
  • Passports must be valid at least 6 months after your cruise ends.
  • Guests age 16 and older whose ARC has no photo must present a valid government issued photo ID
  • Barbados & Martinique require ARC guests to provide a valid passport.
  • Any additional requirements are the responsibility of the guest.
  • Original U.S. Naturalization Certificate AND Valid Government Issued ID (State ID Card, Driver’s License OR Military ID)
  • Original U.S. Naturalization Certificate.
  • Enhanced Driver’s License (EDL) that is not expired
  • Enhanced Driver's Licenses are only available from the following states: Michigan, Minnesota, New York, Vermont and Washington State.
  • An Enhanced Driver’s License is different from a REAL ID compliant id. An EDL will have a flag on the front.
  • U.S. Passport Book
  • Visa may be required based on Passport Country of Origin. Learn More

Additionally, visas or travel permits may be required to enter some countries.

  • Electronic Travel Authorization will be required based on disembarkation port.
  • Learn more about visa requirements.

Accepted Identification for Canadian Citizens

  • Canadian Passport Book – Required if traveling to the U.S. by air
  • Enhanced Driver's Licenses are only available from the following Provinces: British Columbia, Manitoba, Ontario, and Quebec.
  • Guests age 14 and under may present a passport as noted above OR one of the documents below:
  • Original Naturalization Certificate OR Original Valid Canadian Citizenship Card OR Original Birth Certificate Issued by Canada.
  • Read more about birth certificate requirements

In order to sail, a guest must meet the requirements below.

  • Canadian Passport Book

Accepted Identification for Other Nationalities

  • Valid Passport from Country of Citizenship

Additionally, visas or travel permits may be required to enter some countries. Please check requirements for your own nationality. Common visas are noted below.

  • The United States may require a Electronic System for Travel Authorization (ESTA) or Visa depending on nationality.
  • Please check requirements for your own nationality .
  • Electronic Visa Update System (EVUS) is required for Chinese Nationals.
  • Sailings with a Canadian Port of Call (ex. Alaska sailings) may require a Canadian Visitor’s Visa.

Travel document requirements for sailings from Australian homeports

Here are the current requirements for our guests sailing from Australia. Booked guests will be provided the latest full details prior to sailing. Please select the citizenship options below to learn the right requirements:

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Accepted Identification for U.S. Citizens

  • U.S. Passport Book AND Australian Electronic Travel Authority (ETA)
  • All visitors are required to get an Australian ETA to travel to Australia.
  • Read more about passport requirements

Additionally, visas or travel permits may be required to enter some countries. Please check requirements for your own nationality.

  • New Zealand Electronic Travel Authority (NZeTA)
  • All visitors are required to get a NZeTA to travel to New Zealand.

Accepted Identification for U.K. Citizens

  • Passport Book

Accepted Identification for Australian Citizens

  • Australian Passport Book
  • Australian Driver's License OR Government-issued, laminated photo ID
  • Cruise itinerary must call only on Australian ports of call.
  • If an itinerary leaves Australia, then guests must use a Passport.
  • Guests age 17 and under may present one of the documents below:
  • Medicare Card - Can be used as the only identification for children when all guests share the same last name.
  • Original (or Certified) Birth Certificate - If the parent's name differs from the child.

* Sailings that originate and end in ports within Australia that do not include a visit to an overseas port outside of Australia. (Note that Queensland cruises that include Willis Island are considered domestic cruises) . If an itinerary leaves Australia, then guests must use a Passport.

  • Passport Book AND Australian Electronic Travel Authority (ETA)
  • For Transpacific sailings, the United States may require a Electronic System for Travel Authorization (ESTA) or Visa depending on nationality.

Travel document requirements for sailings from Canadian homeports

Here are the current requirements for our guests sailing from Canada. Booked guests will be provided the latest full details prior to sailing. Please select the citizenship options below to learn the right requirements:

Accepted Identification for U.S. Citizens & Permanent Residents

  • U.S. Passport Book - If traveling to Canada by air
  • U.S. Passport Card - Can be used if traveling to Canada by ground/car or by sea
  • U.S. Birth Certificate AND Valid Government Issued ID (State ID Card, Driver’s License OR Military ID) - Can be used if traveling to Canada by ground/car or by sea
  • Original U.S. State Certified Birth Certificate or a certified copy; or an original Consular Birth Abroad Certificate from the U.S. State Department.
  • Permanent Resident Card (Alien Resident Card "ARC" OR Green Card) AND Valid Passport from Country of Citizenship - If traveling to Canada by air, ground/car or by sea
  • Passports must be valid for at least 6 months after your cruise ends.
  • Guests age 16 and older whose ARC has no photo must present a valid government issued photo ID.
  • Enhanced Driver’s License (EDL) that is not expired - Can be used if traveling to Canada by ground/car or by sea

Accepted Identification for Canadian Citizens & Permanent Residents

  • Canadian Permanent Resident Card AND Valid Passport from Country of Citizenship
  • Guests age 14 and under may also present either:
  • Canada may require an Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA) or Visa depending on nationality.

Travel document requirements for sailings from European homeports (excluding Southampton, England; Haifa, Israel & Istanbul, Turkey)

Here are the current requirements for our guests sailing from Europe. Booked guests will be provided the latest full details prior to sailing. Please select the citizenship options below to learn the right requirements:

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Additionally, visas or travel permits will soon be required to enter European Union countries.

  • Traveling to Europe
  • Coming Soon - All visitors will soon be required to get an European Travel Information and Authorization System (ETIAS) to travel to Europe.
  • Sailings that have a European Union Port of Call
  • For Transatlantic sailings, the United States may require a Electronic System for Travel Authorization (ESTA) or Visa depending on nationality.

Accepted Identification for European Citizens

  • Guests are responsible for any requirements a country may have.
  • Royal Caribbean strongly recommends that all guests travel with a valid passport. Learn why a passport is best
  • EU Government ID
  • Cruise itinerary must call only on countries within the Schengen Region .
  • EU Government ID must be valid at least 3 months after your cruise ends.
  • A Multi-Entry Schengen Visa may be required
  • Coming Soon - European Travel Information and Authorization System (ETIAS)
  • Some nationalities will soon be required to get an European Travel Information and Authorization System (ETIAS) to travel to Europe.
  • A Schengen Visa may be required
  • European Travel Information and Authorization System (ETIAS)
  • Coming Soon - Some nationalities will soon be required to get an European Travel Information and Authorization System (ETIAS) to travel to Europe.

Travel document requirements for sailings from Dubai

Here are the current requirements for our guests sailing from Dubai. Booked guests will be provided the latest full details prior to sailing. Please select the citizenship options below to learn the right requirements:

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  • U.K. Passport Book

Travel document requirements for sailings from Central & South American homeports

Here are the current requirements for our guests sailing from Central and South America. Booked guests will be provided the latest full details prior to sailing. Please select the citizenship options below to learn the right requirements:

  • Australian citizens cruising to and from Buenos Aires, Argentina and Valparaiso, Chile require additional documentation.

Travel document requirements for sailings from Singapore

Here are the current requirements for our guests sailing from Singapore. Booked guests will be provided the latest full details prior to sailing. Please select the citizenship options below to learn the right requirements:

Singapore Flag

  • U.S. Passport Book AND Singapore Arrival Card (SGAC)
  • All visitors are required to get an Singapore Arrival Card to travel to Singapore.

Accepted Identification for Singaporean Citizens

  • Singaporean Passport Book
  • Passport Book AND Singapore Arrival Card (SGAC)

Travel document requirements for sailings from Japanese homeports

Here are the current requirements for our guests sailing from Japan. Booked guests will be provided the latest full details prior to sailing. Please select the citizenship options below to learn the right requirements:

Japanese Flag

Accepted Identification for Japanese Citizens

  • Japanese Passport Book

Travel document requirements for sailings from Chinese homeports

Here are the current requirements for our guests sailing from China. Booked guests will be provided the latest full details prior to sailing. Please select the citizenship options below to learn the right requirements:

China Flag

Accepted Identification for Chinese Citizens

  • Chinese Passport Book

Travel document requirements for sailings from Istanbul, Turkey

Here are the current requirements for our guests sailing from Istanbul, Turkey. Booked guests will be provided the latest full details prior to sailing. Please select the citizenship options below to learn the right requirements:

  • U.S. Passport Book AND Turkish Visa
  • All visitors are required to get a Turkish Visa to travel to Turkey.
  • Passport Book AND Turkish Visa

Travel document requirements for sailings from Haifa, Israel

Here are the current requirements for our guests sailing from Haifa, Israel. Booked guests will be provided the latest full details prior to sailing. Please select the citizenship options below to learn the right requirements:

  • All visitors will soon be required to get an European Travel Information and Authorization System (ETIAS) to travel to Europe.

Travel document requirements for sailings from Seward, Alaska

Here are the current requirements for our guests sailing from the Seward. Booked guests will be provided the latest full details prior to sailing. Please select the citizenship options below to learn the right requirements:

  • Canada may require a Visa depending on nationality.

Travel document requirements for sailings from Southampton, England

Here are the current requirements for our guests sailing from Southampton. Booked guests will be provided the latest full details prior to sailing. Please select the citizenship options below to learn the right requirements:

Additionally, visas or travel permits will soon be required to enter the U.K. and European Union countries.

  • Entering the U.K.
  • Coming Soon - All visitors will soon be required to get an U.K. Travel Authorization (ETA) to travel to the U.K.

Travel document requirements for sailings from Oahu (Honolulu), Hawaii

Here are the current requirements for our guests sailing from the Honolulu. Booked guests will be provided the latest full details prior to sailing. Please select the citizenship options below to learn the right requirements:

  • Australian Electronic Travel Authority (ETA).

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    Whether you're seeking modern luxury, classic elegance, or a revolutionary take on adult cruising, there's a cruise line that suits your preferences. Call us for more information on 02380 658 386 about adult-only cruises or browse our latest cruise deals. Discover the perfect blend of luxury and relaxation with our best cruise lines for ...

  25. 17 IDEAL Hotels in Southampton Before or After Your Cruise

    The price includes a tasty cooked breakfast before you head off to the cruise port (taxi required). This charming mid-range BnB has excellent reviews and is one of the top BnBs in Southampton ...

  26. 2025 Cruises

    Brilliant sunshine, crystal-clear waters and soft white sands. Paradise is waiting, whether you set sail from Southampton or choose a fly-cruise. If you opt to fly, you'll land in beautiful Barbados or Antigua where your ship will be waiting for your island adventure. New for 2024, you can savour even more of Antigua's delights too with ...

  27. Best Family Cruise Ships

    The SkyDome is the place to go for poolside relaxation, live entertainment throughout the day and onboard shopping. For a complete adults-only evening, visit the Limelight Club for a night out with a 3 course meal. For more information or to book your next family cruise, check out our family cruise deals or call us on 02380 658 386. Discover ...

  28. Major Homeport Sets New Cruise Ship Record in May

    The record number of cruise ship visits in May is a significant boost for the local economy. In 2023, the port welcomed 2.75 million passengers, generating over £1 billion for the city. The port ...

  29. Luxury Alaska Cruises 2024 & 2025

    From May to September 2025, experience a voyage like no other in Alaska on board Queen Elizabeth. Our new Alaska 2025 voyages are on sale now. Book by March 27, 2024 to enjoy up to $1,200 Onboard Credit per stateroom*. Book a Grills Suite, and a drinks package and Hotel and Dining Service Charges are included*. View Alaska 2025 voyages.

  30. Travel Documents & Requirements

    Passports are Best. A passport is the best ID document for travel. Make sure yours doesn't expire for 6 months after your cruise ends. Learn more. Caution: Birth Certificates. U.S. Citizens can cruise with a U.S. birth certificate on most sailings from the U.S. But your birth certificate needs to meet the requirements.