9 Night Spain & Portugal Cruise on Anthem of the Seas from Southampton, England Seville (Cadiz), Spain Square
The 9 Night Spain & Portugal Cruise from Southampton, England visits Bilbao, Spain; La Coruna, Spain; Vigo, Spain; Lisbon, Portugal; Seville (Cadiz), Spain; Southampton, England. Explore our cruise itineraries and choose from a variety of rooms depending on your needs and budget. Start planning your next cruise vacation by selecting a destination and departure port.
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9 Night Spain & Portugal Cruise
Itinerary Overview
Explore Anthem of the Seas
Day 1 - Southampton, England
Day 2 - Cruising
Day 3 - Bilbao, Spain
Day 4 - La Coruna, Spain
Day 5 - Vigo, Spain
Day 6 - Lisbon, Portugal
Day 7 - Seville (Cadiz), Spain
Day 8 - 9 - Cruising
Day 10 - Southampton, England
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Seville (Cadiz), Spain Square
The Spain Square in Seville, Spain
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9 Night Spain & Portugal Cruise

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Leaving from
Southampton, England
Onboard
Anthem of the Seas
Day Port
1
Southampton, England
Departs at 5:00 PM
2
Cruising
Day at sea
3
Bilbao, Spain
From 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
4
La Coruna, Spain
From 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
5
Vigo, Spain
From 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
6
Lisbon, Portugal
From 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
7
Seville (Cadiz), Spain
From 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
8 - 9
Cruising
Day at sea
10
Southampton, England
Arrives at 5:30 AM
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Anthem of the Seas, Aerial view with North Star
An aerial view of Anthem of the Seas with North Star
Get to know
Anthem of the Seas
Anthem of the Seas® isn't the same old song. It's a thrill ride that packs in cutting edge experiences— like North Star®, which gives you 360-degree views from 300 feet above sea level. And flavor firsts, like creative fare at Wonderland Imaginative Cuisine. Plus showstoppers like We Will Rock You.

UPGRADE YOUR PLAY

Defy gravity with a free-falling experience on Ripcord® by iFLY®. Practice your surf skills on the FlowRider® surf simulator. Score views 300 feet above sea level in North Star®. And witness a spellbinding show in Two70®.

A CULINARY CAPITAL AT SEA

This is a culinary scene to rival many metropolitan cities. Get your family-style fix at Jamie's Italian by Jamie Oliver, and sip cocktails crafted by robots at the Bionic Bar®. Venture down the rabbit hole at Wonderland Imaginative Cuisine. Or dine like a VIP at Coastal Kitchen — exclusively for suites guests and Pinnacle Club members.

WHOA-WORTHY SHOWS

Settle in for the best of Broadway at Sea. Watch as cinema, pop culture and tech combine in Spectra's Cabaret. Embark on a musical journey of fantasy and illusion in The Gift. And rock out to Queen classics in We Will Rock You.

Day 1: Southampton, England

Day 1
Southampton
England
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Southampton, England, The Bargate gatehouse
The Bargate medieval gatehouse in Southampton, England
Things to do in
Southampton
Departs at 5:00 PM
Located on England's South Coast, Southampton is a city full of surprises. Home to one of the largest ports in Europe, the city has a lot to offer people passing through for the day. Step back in time and explore the old town — walk along the medieval town walls, parts of which date back to 1290. Visit Bargate, a medieval gatehouse built by Normans in the 12th century. Check out SeaCity Museum and learn about what it would have been like to set sail on the Titanic in 1912 — Southampton is where the historic ship left port. Or venture out and explore the Hampshire countryside: Iconic Stonehenge is just a one-hour drive away.
Southampton, England, Stonehenge
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.
Southampton, England, SeaCity Museum
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.
Southampton, England, The Bargate Close Up View
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.
Southampton, England, Fish and chips
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.
Southampton, England, Various Antiques
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.

Day 2: Cruising

Day 2
Cruising
At Sea
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Mom and Son on Bumper Cars
Mon and Son Driving and Enjoying the Bumper Cars
PLAY ANY WAY YOU LIKE
North Star During Sunset
North Star During Dusk

North Star®

It’s time to raise the bar on adventure — with 360-degree views of the world from 300 feet above sea level in the North Star® observation capsule — winner of the Guinness World Record for tallest viewing deck on a cruise ship.
Solarium Sunset Whirlpool
Solarium Sunset Whirlpool

Solarium

Slip away to this adults-only indoor and outdoor retreat. The Solarium is your slice of paradise, with soothing whirlpools, warm sunshine and a refreshing water mist.
Young Boy being Splashed at the H20 Zone Water Park
Young Boy Testing the Water at the H20 Zone Water Park

H2O ZoneSM Water Park

Splish, splash, kids have a blast at this water park, loaded with interactive geysers shooting out from colorful, climbable creations, plus water cannons, pools, and waterfalls.
Young Woman Climbing
Young Woman Climbing Up the Rock Wall

Rock Climbing Wall

Rise to the occasion and take on the signature Rock Climbing Wall. From beginners to speed climbers, everyone can enjoy an unparalleled view from 40 feet above deck. Included in your fare, no reservation required.

Day 3: Bilbao, Spain

Day 3
Bilbao
Spain
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Bilbao, Spain Cityscape
A view of the Bilbao, Spain cityscape
Things to do in
Bilbao
From 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
The new and the old meet head-on in Bilbao — the unofficial capital of Basque country in Spain's northwest, near southern France. Once an industrial capital, the opening of the Guggenheim in 1997 propelled Bilbao into a hub of outstanding art, architecture and gastronomy. Today, modern trams travel on historic avenues like the Siete Calles ("Seven Streets") of Casco Viejo — Bilbao's medieval quarter, which today is dotted with boutiques, bakeries and outdoor cafes. Meanwhile, futuristic buildings like the titanium-clad Guggenheim Museum and the Gran Hotel Domine hang over the Nervion river that runs through the city. There's no other city with such a polarity of scenes in Spain. Get onboard a Spain cruise and see for yourself why Bilbao is the pride and joy of Basque Country.
Bilbao, Spain Hilltop Chapel
A hilltop chapel in Bilbao, Spain

Bilbao's Nature

Bilbao may be famous for architecture, but the rolling green hills, panoramic coastline and lush plazas will enchant you as well. Reach Mount Artxanda by cable car for sweeping vistas of the city. Walk by ponds and fountains at Parque de Dona Casilda de Iturrizar, and reach the riverside walkways for close-up urban views of Bilbao.
Insider tip
Don't miss Bilbao's outskirts — check out the coastal suburb Getxo, a 25-minute train ride away, which offers lush green mountains and ocean views.
Bilbao, Spain Downtown Architecture
Various buildings in downtown Bilbao, Spain that show the city's wonderful architecture

Bask in Basque Culture

Check out the Euskal Museoa and the Arkeologi Museoa for a look into the Basque Country's past. Cruise to Spain to stroll down medieval streets in Casco Viejo, the historical center of Bilbao, or down the Gran Via boulevard for a glimpse into the daily lives of locals, who are usually moving from one pintxos (tapas) tavern to the next.
Insider tip
Follow the locals and hop from one pintxos bar to the next, sampling a variety of dishes.
Bilbao, Spain Aerial View of City
An aerial view of the city of Bilbao, Spain

Artistic Heights

Take in the monumental beauty of the Guggenheim by first exploring the outside. You'll see how architect Frank Gehry blended titanium, glass and limestone to conceive elegant curves and sharp edges in this masterpiece of modernity. Then, head inside to see the other masterpieces created by legends like Andy Warhol, Pablo Picasso, Joan Miro and more.
Insider tip
Instead of taking a cab or renting a car, discover Bilbao more intimately by bike.
Bilbao, Spain Cod Dish
A filet of cod with side dished on a white plate

Local Cuisine

Food is a pastime in Bilbao. Sample bacalao al pil pil (cod with garlic), Marmitako (tuna and vegetable stew) and savory pintxos, the local version of tapas. Stop by El Globo and La Barraca for a quick bite-sized dish, or head to Mina and Azurmendi for Michelin-starred experiences.
Bilbao, Spain Botas Wine Flasks
An assortment of botas wine flasks

Shopping

In Bilbao, you do your shopping on historic streets and sprawling urban areas, with hidden gems in between. Go to the old town and look for the classic botas (wineskin flasks), txapelas (berets) or pañuelos (kerchiefs). Head north to the Abando district for modern shops offering more contemporary wares.

Day 4: La Coruna, Spain

Day 4
La Coruna
Spain
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La Coruna, Spain, Seaside city view
Seasdie city view of La Coruna, Spain
Things to do in
La Coruna
From 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Perched on a rocky peninsula in Spain's northwest, La Coruna is brimming with ancient Roman heritage and maritime history. Head to the Crystal City, located right near the harbor, and check out the galerias — the city is famous for these 19th-century enclosed glass balconies that reflect the glittering waters of the Atlantic. Then, walk the Paseo Maritimo: The promenade will take you past ocean views to the Cidade Vella, the city's old town full of remnants of the ancient and medieval past. Walk along the still-standing remnants of the city's Roman Wall, and climb the green hill to the Tower of Hercules — a Roman lighthouse that's been in active use since the second century A.D.
La Coruna, Spain, Tower of Hercules close up
A close up view of the Tower of Hercules in La Coruna, Spain

To the Tower

Visit the Tower of Hercules, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Rising between Orzan Bay and Artabro Gulf, it's one of the oldest working lighthouses in the world. It's said that Ireland was discovered from the top of the tower — try to spot it from while you're at the top. Inside you can see remains of its Roman building materials.
Insider tip
Most shops close for an afternoon siesta of two to three hours.
La Coruna, Spain, View from San Pedro Park
View of La Coruna, Spain for San Pedro Park

Hold Down the Fort

Bring a picnic to the former military fort Monte de San Pedro. Today, the site is a picturesque park where you'll find a maze made of Italian plants, a duck pond, a children's playground and a panoramic elevator that takes you up high for the city's best views.
Insider tip
Most smaller markets (where you can haggle on prices) and souvenir shops will only take cash, not credit cards.
La Coruna, Spain, Grilled Octopus
A plate with pulpo a la gallega, grilled octopus, and boiled potatoes

Local Cuisine

Local shellfish is king in La Coruna. Try pulpo a la gallega, Galician-style octopus served with potatoes and spiced with paprika. Explore Calle Estrella, La Coruna's hot spot for tapas. Must-try small plates include navajas — steamed razor clams and tequenos, a flash-fried dough stuffed with melty cheese. Wash it all down with the city's signature beer, Estrella Galicia.
Insider tip
Get away from the seafront to eat. The food will be just as tasty — but it'll be about half the price.
La Coruna, Spain, Hand painted ceramic pottery
Hand painted ceramic pottery for sale in Spain

Shopping

You'll find good shopping just off the Calle San Andres. La Coruna's Marineda City, not far from the heart of the city, is Spain's largest shopping center complex. It offers shops, restaurants, an ice rink and a movie theater. Calle Real has luxury shops that sell antiques, jewelry, fashion and traditional hand-painted ceramics.

Day 5: Vigo, Spain

Day 5
Vigo
Spain
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Vigo, Spain, Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela
The Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela in Spain
Things to do in
Vigo
From 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
The sun will shine upon you as you enter the harbor of Vigo, the largest city in Spain's autonomous Galicia region. Start your adventure by ascending the Castro Fortress — you can take in views of the city and the lushly forested mountains around it from these granite-walled 17th-century fortifications. Then, learn up about the region at one of Vigo's excellent museums: Museo do Mar Galicia features exhibits on the local oceanography and ecosystems, while the Vigo Museum of Contemporary Art hosts a changing lineup of participatory workshops and installations by innovative artists working today. Later, stretch your legs on the GR-53, a 25-mile path along the coastline and low mountain peaks around the city, or relax by the blue waters of Cies Beach.
Vigo, Spain, Marvao castle and Santa Maria church
View of the Santa Maria church with the Marvao castle in the distance in Vigo, Spain

Read the Fine Print

Located in Vigo's Old Town, Museo Municipal de Vigo tells the broader story of Vigo and the rest of Galicia. Learn about the region's main historical claim to fame, the Camino de Santiago — a pilgrimage leading to the Galician church where, legend has it, the remains of the Apostle James are housed. Or head to Museo do Mar de Galicia, which focuses on the region's seafaring culture and legacy.
Insider tip
Even if you speak Spanish, you'll notice the local language is something a little different: Galician is a unique blend of Portuguese and Spanish.
Vigo, Spain, Monte Real Castle
Interior of the Monte Real Castle

Appreciate the Bigger Picture

Put on a wider lens by hiking up to Castelo do Castro, where you can enjoy a 360-degree view of the city and its port. Another place to appreciate an eclectic cross-section of local Vigo life is Plaza Porta do Sol, a popular meeting point where you can enjoy some of the city's finest people-watching.
Insider tip
Be sure to check the schedule for the museums and shopping centers you want to visit — most are closed on holidays.
Vigo, Spain, Cies Islands beach
A beach in Cies Islands in Spain

Islands Await

Take the 45-minute boat ride to the Cies Islands. Here, you'll find calm white-sand beaches with pristine blue waters, surrounded by views of the dramatic mountainous landscape. There are also caves to explore here, as well as some of the area's best bird-watching.
Vigo, Spain, Oyster platter
A platter with oysters with two glasses of wine, bread and a sliced lemon

Local Cuisine

You'll notice lots of oyster sellers throughout Vigo's city center, but if you're looking for a meal that's less raw, sit down for a casual tapas lunch at Old Town eateries. Highlights include chipirones — grilled baby squid with lemon and herbs — and calamares en su tinta, calamari served in its own ink. Wash it down with a glass of albarino from Rias Baixas, a nearby Galician winemaking region where they produce crisp, dry white wines.
Vigo, Spain, Wicker Basket store
A store in Vigo, Spain that sells wicker baskets and goods

Shopping

You'll find the most picturesque shopping in Vigo amid the seafood sellers or O Calvario Municipal Market. Since you probably won't be able to take fresh fish back with you, walk down the Rua Cesteiros shopping street to bargain for local souvenirs and handicrafts, much of which centers on traditional basket weaving.

Day 6: Lisbon, Portugal

Day 6
Lisbon
Portugal
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Lisbon, Portugal, Aerial View
Aerial view of the different homes and buildings of Lisbon, Portugal
Things to do in
Lisbon
From 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Lisbon is a quintessential European city, full of natural beauty, historic architecture and culinary pleasures — not to mention one of the best climates anywhere on the planet. To get to know Portugal's capital, walk between the captivating miradouros — terrace viewpoints that are scattered on the hilltops, offering stunning vistas from the sea to the castles and beyond. Watch as the light peeks through the clouds and shines down on The City of Seven Hills during your cruise to Lisbon. If you're a history buff, head to Belem or nearby Sintra to explore UNESCO World Heritage Sites like the Jeronimos Monastery and Quinta da Regalaira.
Lisbon, Portugal, Pena National Palace
View of the Pena National Palace in Lisbon, Portugal

Get Romantic

Step into the pages of a fairy tale in Sintra, a UNESO World Heritage Site a short ride from Lisbon. The city's awash in colorful buildings and grand forts, including the Romanticist architecture of the pastel-hued Pena Palace — more like a castle, really — and the extravagant Quinta da Regalaira villa. Or, wander through gardens inspired by Dante's "Inferno."
Insider tip
Tram 28 is the best-known tram line, taking riders through all the must-see neighborhoods, but the trolleys fill up quickly. Opt for a lesser known route to avoid crowds.
Lisbon, Portugal, Tables On A Terrace
Tables on a terrace in Lisbon, Portugal

Go View-Hopping

There's no other way to explore Lisbon than to see it from the miradouros, the hilltop lookout points scattered around the city. Ride the Santa Justo Lift to catch a glimpse of the city below. Enjoy an evening drink at the Miradouro de Santa Catarina. Finally, watch the sunset behind the Ponte 25 de Abril Bridge.
Insider tip
Pick up a Lisboa Card for discounts and free entry to big tourist attractions and public transport.
Lisbon, Portugal, Jeronimos Monastery
Jeronimos Monastery in Lisbon, Portugal

Architectural Adventure

History buffs should head to Belem. See the 16th-century Manueline architecture of the Jeronimos Monastery. Lisbon, Portugal cruises will allow you to visit the final resting place of explorer Vasco de Gama before walking to the river to snap a photo of the Torre de Belem, a 16th-century fort that appears to float in the ocean.
Lisbon, Portugal, Pasteis De Nata Pastry
A tray full of Pasteis de Nata pastries in Lisbon, Portugal

Local Cuisine

You'll find plenty of Portuguese delicacies around Lisbon. Follow the locals to the nearest food truck for a bifana, a sandwich of pork marinated in white wine and garlic sauce. Snack on salty sardines over a glass of wine, or devour a pasteis de nata, the famous egg tart that packs a creamy, cinnamon-infused custard in a crisp shell.
Lisbon, Portugal, Souvenir Magnets
Various Lisbon souvenir magnets

Shopping

Browse eclectic clothes and jewelry in the backstreets of Bairro Alto. Feira da Ladra, or "thieves' market," is the place to go for handmade crafts and antiques. Looking for a high street? Walk down Chiado or Avenida da Liberdade to shop international brands.

Day 7: Seville, Spain

Day 7
Seville
Cadiz, Spain
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Seville (Cadiz), Spain Cityscape
View of the Seville, Spain cityscape
Things to do in
Seville
From 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
As the capital of Spain’s Andalusia region, the energetic city of Seville stands tall at the banks of the Guadalquivir River. And like its rich flamenco legacy, this well-preserved city performs an elaborate dance between Moorish history and youth-infused street culture. A jovial spirit and intoxicating personality flow freely throughout its narrow streets, from Old Town’s palaces to the tapas bars of Santa Cruz. Admire the lavish stylings of Plaza de España from a painted ceramic bench, or stroll through Maria Luisa Park’s serene greenery. Stand in Spain’s oldest bullring at the Bullfighting Museum— or breathe in citywide views from the top of Torre del Oro.
Seville (Cadiz), Spain Alcazar Palace
View of the courtyard in the Alcazar Palace

PALATIAL PROPORTIONS

Trace Seville’s more than 1,000-year history among the regal rooms of Alcazar palace. This UNESCO World Heritage Site at the city’s core is not only home to a mixture of architecture styles, but also some of Europe’s oldest gardens.
Insider tip
The train ride from Cadiz to Seville is approximately 90 minutes each way.
Seville (Cadiz), Spain Seville Cathedral
The Seville Cathedral in Seville, Spain

GOTHIC GLORIES

Enter Seville Cathedral, one of the world’s largest gothic churches, to explore its five naves and see the tomb of Spanish explorer Christopher Columbus. The attached Giralda Tower stands as the old minaret of an Arab mosque— and a climb to the top rewards you with sweeping views of the city.
Insider tip
The Sevici bike-sharing program is an easy and affordable transport option, with 250 docking stations around the city.
Seville (Cadiz), Spain Flamenco Dancer
A flamenco dancer in Seville, Spain

SETTING THE STAGE

From the first note plucked on the guitar to the clamor of castanets, a sevillana flamenco show is altogether captivating. First trace the history of this mysterious art at the Museo del Baile Flamenco, viewing historical photos, dresses and shawls. Then experience the thrill of a live performance for yourself in a local flamenco tablao.
Seville (Cadiz), Spain Tapas Plate
A tapas plate with serrano ham, cheese, and olives

LOCAL CUISINE

The tradition of Spanish tapas supposedly started in Seville, and here you can nosh on small bites of cured meats, cheeses and olives aplenty. Try cold gazpacho soup or a serranito sandwich. Sweet lovers indulge in churros and pestiños (honey-infused fritters). Cadiz is the area’s seafood capital, while Huelva makes tasty goat’s milk cheese — and nearby Jerez pumps out gallons of fino (dry sherry wine).
Seville (Cadiz), Spain Flamenco Shoes
Flamenco shoes for sale in Spain

SHOPPING

Hit the Triana neighborhood for authentic Spanish azulejos (ceramic tiles), or Calle Sierpes for silk shawls. Buy flamenco wear along Calle Cuna and bullfighting posters in Plaza de Toros. Other stores around town sell traditional espadrilles, while El Jueves street market is best for books and artwork.

Day 8 - 9: Cruising

Day 8 - 9
Cruising
At Sea
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Jamie's Italian Bruschetta
Jamie's Italian Bruschetta Close-Up
LET THE FLAVOR FEST BEGIN
Greek Meze, Coastal Kitchen
Greek Meze, Coastal Kitchen

Coastal Kitchen

Exclusively for suite guests and Pinnacle Club members, Coastal Kitchen fuses Mediterranean influences with farm-fresh flavors from California. Filled with Pacific Coast favorites and Med-inspired entrees, the menu here rotates to spotlight delicious, seasonal ingredients. And you can pair every bite with a glass or bottle of wine off a list that includes vintages from the sun-kissed valleys of Napa to the golden-green hills of Tuscany.
Grilled Veal Chop - Chops Grille
Grilled Veal Chop entree at the specialty, Chops Grille restaurant. Cruise vacation fine dining steaks served table side.

Chops Grille℠

For more than a decade, the chefs at Chops Grille have specialized in serving up quality, hand-cut meat. Dinner at this hallmark Royal Caribbean specialty restaurant goes far beyond the typical steakhouse experience, though, with reimagined classics like succulent Maine lobster, gruyere cheese tater tots, white truffle-scented mushroom soup, and of course, expertly prepared prime beef.
Solarium Bistro Breakfast
Solarium Bistro Buffet Style Breakfast

Solarium Bistro Restaurant

Emphasizing fresh ingredients and Mediterranean flavors for breakfast, lunch and dinner, Solarium Bistro offers a bright and breezy gastronomic getaway at sea. Serve yourself from stations piled high with Med-inspired dishes and savor every bite inside or al fresco beneath the sun — or the stars.
Cafe Two 70 Soup and Sandwich
Cafe Two 70 Soup and Sandwich Lunch

The Café @ Two70

The Café@Two70 is a gourmet marketplace where every meal comes with a side of captivating views. Choose from a variety of savory hot-pressed sandwiches, crisp custom-made salads, homemade soups and more — all packed up picnic-style, so you can enjoy them while looking out floor-to-ceiling windows in Two70® or anywhere else onboard.

Day 10: Southampton, England

Day 10
Southampton
England
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Southampton, England, Yachts docked at Ocean Village Marina
Yachts docked at the Ocean Village Marina in Southampton, England
Things to do in
Southampton
Arrives at 5:30 AM
Located on England's South Coast, Southampton is a city full of surprises. Home to one of the largest ports in Europe, the city has a lot to offer people passing through for the day. Step back in time and explore the old town — walk along the medieval town walls, parts of which date back to 1290. Visit Bargate, a medieval gatehouse built by Normans in the 12th century. Check out SeaCity Museum and learn about what it would have been like to set sail on the Titanic in 1912 — Southampton is where the historic ship left port. Or venture out and explore the Hampshire countryside: Iconic Stonehenge is just a one-hour drive away.
Southampton, England, Stonehenge
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.
Southampton, England, SeaCity Museum
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.
Southampton, England, The Bargate Close Up View
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.
Southampton, England, Fish and chips
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.
Southampton, England, Various Antiques
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.

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