A short guide to Southampton Port - everything you need to know

Date: 30th April 2018
Author: Helen Cator

Southampton is known as the cruise capital of the UK thanks to the four dedicated cruise ship terminals situated in the City. The first cruise ship came into Southampton in 1840 marking the start of the City’s cruising heritage.

The four cruise terminals host a number of large international cruise lines including Princess, Cunard, Carnival and Fred Olsen.

Associated British Ports has invested more than £40 million into the cruise ship terminals and the infrastructure to support them over the years, making a cruise ship holiday far more convenient for passengers.

Nearby hotels offer special deals for passengers to stay overnight before their ship sets sail – which makes Southampton a really convenient departure location.

If you need to drive to the port there are excellent transport links thanks to the motorway network, with Southampton docks clearly signposted from nearby motorways.

For those driving into the city, there are specialist car parks (such as Penguin Parking) which offer cruise-only secure parking so you can go on holiday safe in the knowledge that your car is secure and well cared for.

If you prefer to use public transport, then Southampton train station and airport are also conveniently located nearby, with easy links to and from the port.

Mayflower Cruise Terminal

Mayflower Cruise Terminal can be accessed from Dock Gate 10 which features a short stay car park and valet parking services, as well as a taxi rank. There is a bar and café available in the departure lounge, along with refreshments and restroom facilities.

QE2 Cruise Terminal

QE2 Cruise Terminal is at Dock Gate 4, which also has short stay parking and a taxi rank adjacent to it. There is a bar and café in the departure lounge after check-in but refreshment facilities for visitors are more limited here.

Ocean Cruise Terminal

Ocean Cruise Terminal is about 400 yards away from Dock Gate 4 and features a short stay car park to allow visitor and passenger drop off and pick up. There is also a taxi rank, bar, café and vending machines available.

City Cruise Terminal

City Cruise Terminal is around 500 yards from Dock Gate 10 and includes a short stay car park and taxi rank for passengers. There is a bar and café in the departure lounge, after check in.

The roads in and around Southampton do get very busy at rush hour and particularly on days when there are cruise ships in port, with many passengers rushing to disembark and embark in a short space of time. If you can secure car parking just outside of the port, such as with Penguin Parking, it can make life a lot easier, reducing stress and traffic headaches.

Why not talk to us today about how we can help make your holiday start from the moment you park your car, rather than waiting until you board the ship.

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