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.
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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 properly. Enjoy a few hours cruising around the harbour 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 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 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 90 metres above sea level. On this trip, you'll see Lisbon and the Canary Islands in a whole new way.

EXPLORE ANTHEM OF THE SEAS

FROM NORWAY TO NORMANDY

Southampton serves as the perfect jumping off point to experience some of Europe’s most stunning destinations. Soak up endless natural splendour as you cruise along Norway’s majestic fjords, and savour top-notch vintages from the vineyards in Bordeaux. Or wander the rugged, windswept beaches of Normandy before immersing yourself in Basque cuisine and culture during a visit to Bilbao.

EXPLORE NORWAY CRUISES

 
 
 

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 travellers pass through each year. In 1912, the most famous of those travellers 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 Armour

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 with 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 flavours: 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 jewellery.

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 neighbouring towns and attractions.

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