Cruises From Southampton
Cruises From Southampton
One of the biggest benefits of enjoying a cruise from Southampton is simply the options available. For those who don't like to fly, or just want to get onboard and only unpack once on holiday, big brand cruise companies like P&O Cruises, Royal Caribbean and Princess Cruises all offer a range of holiday options from Southampton in 2023, 2024 and even 2025
Popular Cruise Lines From Southampton
Southampton Cruise Guide
Why Cruise From Southampton
Being such a big port, multiple cruise terminals with good facilities allow several major cruise lines to be in port at any one time, and with the services, fuelling and contracting staff, etc. all being set up already, it's relatively straightforward for a company to run a cruise from the city. Brands include the luxury Cunard Cruises, as well as more budget friendly options like P&O Cruises.
Southampton is on a mainline train line with direct flights into London and along the south coast. Taxis park right outside and depending on which terminal you're departing/arriving from the journey can take between 5-15 minutes. In fact the Horizon Cruise Terminal is actually only a 10-15 minute walk away (bear in mind you'll be carrying your suitcases).
If you hate airports, flying or just prefer to avoid a fly cruise, cruising from the UK ensures you skip all that stress and hassle. There are a number of cruise terminals including Mayflower Cruise Terminal, QEII, Ocean Cruise Terminal, and the ultra modern Horizon Cruise Terminal which opened in 2021, all of which offer an easy luggage drop off and check-in experience before boarding.
Last Minute Cruises From Southampton
Some of the best cruise deals are from Southampton, mainly because you don't have to worry about adding on flights or extra nights to your holiday, but there are some bargain last minute cruises too.
Because of the cruises on offer, being flexible allows you to book just a few days ahead and secure a cheap cruise holiday for a fraction of the price. Keep an eye directly on the cruise websites to see what's on offer.
Cruises For Singles
Many cruises understand you might be single or travelling alone, and they cater very well for solo travellers.
Single cabins are available on most cruise ships, allowing you to pay a discounted rate than if you were to take double cabin for just you. These will usually have single or small double beds. Alternatively, you may find that some offer single supplement, allowing you to enjoy the space and comfort of a double cabin or suite, while not having to pay as much as if two of you were travelling.
There are a whole host of activities on offer, with some specifically catering to the solo traveller. At the start of a Southampton cruise, you'll often find a "meet and greet" style format for solo cruisers, helping you to meet others who are also travelling alone. This can be a great way to meet new people.
On ships which have allocated dining times, you can also opt to share a table with others. This can be another excellent way to meet new people and help make a solo cruise a little less daunting.
Cruises For Families
A family cruise from Southampton can be a huge stress reliever when you've got little ones to entertain. Airport waiting and delays are just the start, before you've then got to spend hours on a flight, and then travel to your hotel when you land. Instead, the quick and efficient check-in and boarding process in Southampton, ensures that when you arrive at your allotted time, you can whiz through it all before the kids have even realised.
Depending on the cruise ship you've chosen, once on board, there can be a huge amount of things to do to keep the kids entertained. From kids' clubs and discos to waterslides, cinemas and playgrounds, these floating resorts are perfect for families. Royal Caribbean's Anthem Of The Seas is a great example of a family friendly ship, and has bumper cars, roller skating, a dedicated teen lounge and even an adventure science lab!
From Southampton, the world really is your oyster. From 3 day mini cruises to months at sea on a world cruise, there are hundreds of possible destinations on offer on a Southampton cruise.
Whether venturing up into the Norwegian Fjords to gawp at the stunning scenery, or you want to explore the various cities on offer like Amsterdam and Hamburg, Northern Europe is a great option, although you might want to opt for summer months between June and August for the best weather.
A 2 week cruise will allow you to head to the Mediterranean to enjoy fantastic destinations like Palma de Mallorca, La Spezia in Italy (for Pisa, Florence and Portofino) and Marseille in France. Plus two weeks allows you to really settle into your holiday, and your cabin.
If you prefer some winter sun, the Canary Islands can be a very good option, especially in December and January. Although some cruise ships are based for short periods in the Canaries, you can also sail from Southampton to Tenerife, Fuerteventura, Gran Canaria and Lanzarote.
While Florida is one of the most popular departure points for a Caribbean cruise, the transatlantic crossing is a popular option for some, ensuring you get to enjoy all of your ships facilities, restaurants, shows and live music, before days of stunning islands, plenty of beach days and incredible excursions.
It's worth noting that the Caribbean hurricane season runs from June to November so during that time, expect some downpours and perhaps a little rough weather.