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When you book a Marella cruise sailing from Southampton, you’re in for a treat. Not only can you set sail to a variety of top destinations, you’ll do it onboard one of the newest ships in the fleet – like Marella Explorer. Sitting less than 100 miles from mainland Europe, the port of Southampton is the UK’s gateway to cruise heaven. Forget the hassle of heading to the airport – your holiday can begin straight away by stepping onboard your ship on home turf. With easy parking options and excellent links to the city centre, it’s a no-brainer to cruise from the port of Southampton.

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Facilities in the port of Southampton

Boasting four state-of-the-art passenger cruise terminals, you’ll find all your basic amenities right at your fingertips. If you wish to stay on site, there are plenty of lounge areas to relax in with a bar for a pre-cruise tipple, too. A quick bite to eat won’t be hard to come by either, and with fantastic disabled facilities, everyone’s in the very best of hands.

For a wide range of choice, all the bars and restaurants you could possibly desire lie in Southampton town centre, which is conveniently a short 5-minute drive from the port itself.

Southampton is famous for being one of the top retail cities in the UK and luckily for you, it’s right on your doorstep, allowing you to shop ‘til you drop at all your favourite retailers - and with the added bonus of not having a luggage allowance, you can bring it all onboard!

Why not extend your trip with a stay in one of the local hotels, offering everything from luxurious options to budget-friendly chains? Say goodbye to early morning alarms and rush hour traffic, with an overnight stay you’ll be a matter of moments from your Southampton cruise.

Getting to and from Southampton port

By air, road, rail or sea, transport links to your Southampton cruise are quick and simple, ensuring you have the easiest start to your cruise. Located just off the motorway via the M27, driving to this port is one of the most efficient travel options.

Car parking in Southampton will depend on who you’re sailing with – for the City Cruise Terminal pop in your satellite navigation SO15 1HJ and look out for Solent Road on the Western Docks, then entre the port through Dock Gate 8, 10 or 20.

Mayflower Cruise Terminal is also situated in the Western Docks and can be found at Herbert Walker Avenue, postcode SO15 1HJ. Proceed to port through Dock Gate 10 or 20, if you have been assigned a cruise terminal at Berth 102 or 104, use the same directions.

The Ocean Cruise Terminal can be located on the Eastern Docks on Cunard Road, postcode SO14 3QN. Enter through Dock Gate 4 and at the first roundabout take the third exit, continue for a further 100 yards and turn left to arrive at the terminal.

Finally, the Queen Elizabeth II Cruise Terminal is situated on Test Road in the Eastern Docks, postcode SO14 3QN. Follow the signs for Dock Gate 4 and take the second exit at the first roundabout. Then proceed for one mile and the terminal will be on your right.

The official cruise parking for the Port of Southampton is ABParking and payments can be made on-site, online or via phone.

Taking the train? The port of Southampton is only a quick 15-minute walk from the train station or taxi services are on site. Alternatively coach services run right through the country, taking you directly to and from your cruise terminal.

History of the port of Southampton

Renowned for being one of the country’s busiest and most successful deep-water ports, Southampton is also Europe’s leading turnaround cruise port.

Southampton started its exciting journey in the cruise industry in 1840 when P&O Cruises became the first deep-sea shipping line to use the port. Cunard left the port of Liverpool and moved its company headquarters to Southampton in the 1960’s.

It’s been an important arrival and departure point for nearly two thousand years, with its history as a major passenger and cargo port, not to mention being the centre for naval shipbuilding during the war.

Before flying was an option, cruises from Southampton were Britain’s gateway to the world. Today, Southampton continues to break boundaries, seeing two million cruise passengers pass through its terminal doors yearly.

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