Southampton, featured on many cruise itineraries, is a fabulous starting point for a cruise. This large city has a little bit of something for everybody. Whether you’re a culturally curious history buff, art-lover, or nature enthusiast, you are certain to quickly fall in love with this medieval city’s charm. Among the various attractions in and around Southampton are museums, historic landmarks, parks, and more! Plus, you will discover an excellent variety of restaurants, bars, and hotels.
Located about a 1-hour-and-40-minute drive from London, Southampton is often considered a way for cruisers to reach the world-famous city to its northeast.
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The following cruise destinations can be visited on a cruise that includes Southampton, England. Select a destination to view the upcoming cruises that are available:
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These cruise lines fit (quality and, usually, price-wise) somewhere in between Premium and Luxury cruise lines.
A country club casual atmosphere can be expected on these lines, as can be elegant accommodations and gourmet cuisine. These cruise lines are a great option for adults looking for a upscale, yet laid back, vacation.
Unique itineraries are often available on these cruise lines, as their small-to-mid-sized ships can visit ports of call that large ones can't get to.
The pricing on Azamara Club Cruises includes select beverages and pre-paid gratuities, while the pricing of Viking Ocean Cruises includes shore excursions and select beverages.
These cruise lines enhance what mainstream cruise lines typically offer, by providing their guests with higher quality service and cuisine, along with more spacious public spaces and accommodations.
Depending on the cruise line, the ships in this class range in size from small to very large.
These cruise lines appeal to a more discerning traveler, and are typically more expensive than mainstream cruise lines, but more affordable than the luxury lines.
Value is a key feature of these popular cruise lines, as they offer lots of activities, entertainment and dining options, along with a variety of stateroom types. Some of the cruise lines in this category have ships with unique innovations like water slides, rock-climbing walls, ice-skating rinks, surfing simulators, bowling alleys, and boardwalks.
Their ships are usually anywhere from mid-sized to very large "mega" ships, accommodating thousands of guests. These ships give the feel of being in a large resort.
Mainstream cruise lines are a great option for just about everyone (including multi-generation families, and first-time cruisers), and typically have great youth programs.
During the cruise, entertainment may include Broadway productions, Vegas-style shows, comedians, and music. Some of these lines have select formal nights during the cruise. Specialty restaurants are becoming more and more common (some which have a cover charge for this type enhanced dining experience). Buffets are usually available throughout the day, besides room service, and the main dining room(s).
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On a luxury cruise line, guests experience highly personalized service, a more intimate (and usually formal) onboard experience, gourmet cuisine, well-appointed accommodations, and fantastic amenities. Many of these brands have smaller ships, allowing them to reach ports of call that the larger ships can't, which results in unique itineraries.
All of these brands feature a version of all-inclusive pricing, and some of them have ships with all-suite accommodations. Although these cruise lines are usually more expensive than the rest, they also provide their guests with so much more, resulting in a fantastic value when considering all that's included.
These cruise lines offer a truly unique vacation experience, with a wide range of possible amenities and itineraries. Some are expedition cruise lines, others have sailing yachts or are coastal ships.
On these types of cruise lines, there's usually a focus on a specific destination or theme. Itineraries are usually very destination intensive, aided by the fact that they're able to reach many ports of call that larger ships can't.
Expedition cruise lines are a great fit for adventure-seeking travelers, featuring exciting destinations like the Galapagos Islands, Antarctica, and the Norwegian coast. During the cruise, there will usually be plenty of interesting lectures given by experts on the destination being visited. Often, shore excursions are included in the cost of the cruise. In fact, some of these cruise lines have all-inclusive pricing. There's a definite focus on the ship's surrounding scenery, as well as opportunities to view wildlife in their natural habitat. Small, but comfortable, ships are commonplace here, with anywhere from basic to very luxurious public spaces, cuisine, and accommodations (depending on the cruise line and ship).
Sailing Yachts, sail-assisted motor ships, offer a really unique vacation experience. Accommodations and cuisine on these intimate vessels can be anywhere from good to fantastic, depending on the cruise line. Destinations offered by these cruise lines may include the Caribbean, Europe, Panama Canal, Tahiti, and Costa Rica.
These are just a few of the more popular tourist attractions in Southampton, along with a brief description:
♦ SeaCity Museum
If you are fascinated by the story of the RMS Titanic, then paying a visit to Southampton’s SeaCity Museum is a must! This is also a great option for a family activity, as many of the exhibits are interactive and hands-on. Visitors can learn more about the history and background of the ill-fated Titanic as well as the stories of Southampton’s locals, as many of the exhibits focus on the stories of many settlers throughout time. The museum is housed in a former magistrate courthouse, making your visit even more exciting and significant!
♦ Tudor House & Garden
For even more historical fun, you might consider checking out Southampton’s Tudor House & Garden. Located in Southampton’s Old Town and housed in a 15th century Tudor-style home, this museum tells even more stories of its former owners and residents, and of the city. An audio tour will self-guide you through each room, with the option to try on clothes, handle artifacts, and much more. The gardens, which are located behind the home, offer even more perspective, as they are designed to represent the flora and fauna of the Tudor period. The Tudor House & Garden is located in close proximity to other attractions in Old Town, including medieval town walls, ancient vaults, memorials, and monuments.
♦ Netley Abbey
If you can’t get enough of medieval structures, then you’ve got to see the incredible Netley Abbey! This 13th century abbey was originally built by the Cistercian monks of Southern England and it remains the most complete standing abbey to date. Today, you can tour the remains, which are so stunning that their sheer and eerie beauty will simply take your breath away. With so many other fascinating historic attractions within driving distance (such as the 14th century Medieval Merchant’s House and the Portchester Castle), you can easily make a daytrip of exploring all these ancient sites.
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