Houses in the city center of Southampton, England
MEDIEVAL MYSTERIES

Cruise from Southampton, England

If you're arriving at the Southhampton International Airport, it's located on the outskirts of the city, making it easy to arrive into town. If you're flying into London a few days earlier, grab a train from Waterloo Station. During your time in Southampton, explore its medieval architectural spots like Bargate and the Old Town walls. Or learn more about the day the Titantic set sail from here in 1912.
National Language English
Currency Accepted Pound Sterling (GBP)
 

GATEWAY TO THE NORTH 

Kick-start your European adventure on a cruise from Southampton. An excellent jumping-off point to see all of Northern Europe, Southampton is central to countries like Belgium, Germany, Netherlands, and Norway. Before you set sail for the week, experience Southampton the right way. Enjoy a few hours cruising around the harbor and taking in the views of the shore from the sea. Extend your stay to explore other seaside towns like Brighton or Portsmouth, or even London, which is only an hour away.

CRUISE CENTRAL
Central to many Northern European countries, Southampton, England acts as a gateway to Belgium, Germany, the Netherlands, Norway, and beyond.
WATER SPORTS GALORE
Southampton is a great place for water sports. Sail along the coastline, get your heart racing on a high-speed boat, or try to keep balanced on a stand-up paddleboard, all while taking in the stunning sights.
EXTEND YOUR STAY TO EXPLORE MORE
Hop on a train from Southampton, England and in just 30 minutes, you could be taking in the views of the coastline from the Spinnaker Tower in Portsmouth. In an hour, you can be exploring the bustling city of London and in two hours, you can be enjoying the pier in Brighton.

tWO WAYS TO EXPLORE
THE FUN NEVER STOPS

The holiday of your life begins the second your cruise departs from Southampton. Sea days are filled with fun onboard the cruise ships and port days will bring you to far-off destinations. No matter where you are, the fun never stops on your Southampton cruise.

REACH NEW HEIGHTS

The sky's the limit when you board the Anthem of the Seas cruise ship. Take in views from above on the aptly named "North Star," a jewel-shaped capsule that takes you 300 feet above sea level. On this trip, you'll see Lisbon, Capri and the Canary Islands in a whole new way.

EXPLORE ANTHEM OF THE SEAS

OLD MEETS NEW

Enjoy the thrills of the big, bold Independence of the Seas, a newly updated ship of wonders. Hike trails overlooking Cinque Terre, wander through the steep streets of Lisbon, or indulge in some refreshing sangria while people-watching in Barcelona. Old meets new when you step onboard Independence of the Seas cruise ship.

EXPLORE INDEPENDENCE OF THE SEAS

 
 
 

Things To Do in Southampton

View of Stonehenge in England

Prehistoric Adventure

View of Stonehenge in England

View of Stonehenge in England

Prehistoric Adventure

Located just an hour from Southampton, Stonehenge is one of the most well-known prehistoric sites in all of Europe. Wander around the miraculous stone circle and transport yourself back in time when Neolithic engineers used only simple tools to build the huge monument — it's believed they hauled those massive stones over 240 miles from Wales without the use of machines.

The entrance to the SeaCity Museum in Southampton, England

A Port of Importance

The entrance to the SeaCity Museum in Southampton, England

The entrance to the SeaCity Museum in Southampton, England

A Port of Importance

Southampton is home to one of the largest ports in the UK and millions of travelers pass through each year. In 1912, the most famous of those travelers would pass through as they set out to America onboard the Titanic. Southampton's SeaCity museum gives you the opportunity to learn more about the events that happened aboard that famous ship.

Close up view of The Bargate gatehouse in Southampton, England
Close up view of The Bargate gatehouse in Southampton, England

Play Knights in Armor

Step back into the medieval era and walk the old walls of the city. Built to protect the town from attack by sea, most of the wall is still standing, leaving visitors a spectacular view of Southampton and the sea. Watch as boats enter the port city, and see how it would have been if you were a knight on watch hundreds of years ago.

Traditional fish and chips in England
Traditional fish and chips in England

Local Cuisine

Head to the pub for a refreshing glass of ale to pair with crispy, mouthwatering fish and chips. If fried food isn't your thing, go in for a salad with fresh watercress, the peppery green that the Hampshire region is famous for. You'll also find upscale fare based on England's most-loved flavors: Try chicken with Indian-inspired vegetable pakora and tandoori puree or braised Hampshire beef with ale cream.

Various antiques at a market
Various antiques at a market

Shopping

Shop for big-name brands galore at Westquay Shopping Centre, the premier shopping destination of the South Coast. Head to Bedford Place for independent shops and boutiques — the country's oldest traditional shoemaker is located here. On weekends, wander down the road to Bar Street to check out the local market for antiques, crafts, vintage accessories and jewelry.

Insider's Tips
Insider's Tips
1 Look out for free shuttle buses running from the cruise port to several different museums around the city.
2 Public transportation is your friend. Trains and buses run frequently to neighboring towns and attractions.

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