Car: Southampton Port has two major motorways at its fingertips- the M3 and M27 are both half an hour’s drive away. Head to the City Cruise Terminal, Solent Road, Western Docks, Southampton, SO15 1HJ. When you arrive make sure you have your Marella Cruises paperwork ready. The port staff will direct you to the luggage drop area and show you where to park your car.
Coach: We've teamed up with intercruises to provide you with transfers to Southampton Port with lots of pick up points across the UK- log onto www.intercruises.com/marella or call 0131 297 4391 to book your seat.
Train: Southampton Central Station is between five and 15-minute cab ride from the port, depending on your dock gate. It has links to Brighton, Cardiff and Manchester to name a few. From London you can reach Southampton in just over two hours.
Air: Southampton Airport is just 10 miles away from Southampton Port, so a taxi journey shouldn’t take much longer than 20 minutes. You can fly here from plenty of UK airports, including Manchester, Edinburgh and Newcastle.
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You’ll have the chance to snap photos of some of London’s most iconic sights today, as well as visiting the history-and-mystery-steeped Tower of London. After a two-hour drive to the capital, you’ll be driven past world-famous buildings like Westminster Abbey, St Paul’s Cathedral, the Houses of Parliament and the postcard-perfect Buckingham Palace. After some free time for lunch and exploring, you’ll then make tracks to the Tower of London – it’s a designated Historic Royal Palace, and one of the most famous fortified buildings in the world. In the past, it’s served as a prison, a treasury, an arsenal and even a zoo, but today is home to the glittering Crown Jewels.
Get your taste of traditional England in Winchester – a city overflowing with pretty cobbled streets, time-stamped buildings and quaint tea rooms. A 25-minute scenic drive will land you in this ancient capital, where you’ll find a charming mix of old and new. You can’t miss the cathedral – it’s one of the largest in Europe, and dates back to the 7th century. Plenty of famous names – like Jane Austen – are buried here. Plus, keep your eyes peeled for the statue of King Alfred the Great at the top of the town. Winchester’s a first-rate destination for shoppers, too – one-off vintage shops rub shoulders with loads of big-name stores.
This whistle-stop tour takes in some of the best sights in London. Following a two-hour drive up to the capital, you’ll be whisked past historical hotspots like Westminster Abbey and the Tower of London, before making a beeline for the visually stunning St Paul’s Cathedral. You’ll also make the drive to Buckingham Palace, so have your cameras primed and ready. See if you can spot the Royal Standard flag flying on top – this means the Queen’s at home. Then there’ll be an hour of free time to do as you please in the picturesque setting of Covent Garden. Take a turn around the pretty indoor market, pick up some souvenirs and grab lunch from a nearby café.