Royal Caribbean use Southampton’s City Cruise Terminal for the departure/arrival port. We have been through the terminal twice with two different ships and each time has been great. We were on the ship within 1 hour of arrival at the terminal on Monday 9th July 2018 which we thought was great as there was no waiting around. Once we disembarked Navigator of the Seas on Sunday 22nd July 2018 we were straight off and out of the terminal within 5 minutes. It’s a very fast, efficient way to get everyone off quickly and it is very well organised. City cruise terminal is great!
Best port, The home of cruising. Sports, theme parks, london, titanic. We've got it all. Honestly dont understand people giving it less than 5. Dont give it a low rating because it is only a turnaround port.
My home port. Plenty to see in Southampton. Don’t disappear up to London. It’s a medieval city so lots of buildings that are hundreds of years old. Very good restaurants outside the West Quay shopping mall and some good hotels to stay in.
I may lean towards favouring Southampton, as I was born here, I have lived here for my entire life and have no plans of uprooting. I am very proud of Southampton as a port city and the things that we have to offer here. Please feel free to add/message me for any advice. I'm pretty well versed as I pretty much live in the centre of the City (I can see ships (sometimes) from my front door!
Visited Stonehenge and Salisbury Cathedral
Visited: Oct 21, 2018
Used AB parking, very easy and convenient.
Visited: Jul 29, 2017
Fantastic port, so quick and easy on embarkation, very friendly staff a well oiled machine. Embarkation was ok, a little early for some people I think, not sure some of the ground crew had woken up. But overall 5 stars.
I liked the history and atmosphere of this port. And of course a museum dedicated in part to the "Titanic"
Visited: Jun 07, 2010
We landed in Gatwick and overnighted at the Courtyard by Marriot. Nice hotel, but skip the breakfast, over priced, poor selection and poor quality. Get breakfast at the airport. Also there is no town nearby so it was an expensive cab right to Crawly for dinner. We took the train to Southampton from Gatwick the next day. Super easy and low cost. We bought the tickets online for 13 pounds each way, each, on an off peak return fare. Train ride is fast just under 2 hours and very comfortable in roomy, air conditioned cars. Just a 7 pound taxi ride from the train station to the pier, by far the easiest and least expensive way from either airport. Embarkation was done in 25 minutes and we were on our way. Very good service, efficient and cordial. Overall very well done.