About our cruises from Southampton
Our no-fly cruises from Southampton let you explore every inch of northern Europe, from the fjords to Finland. You won’t find itineraries to Italy, the Canaries or the Caribbean here, because these sailings are all about gleaming glaciers, Baltic capitals and mountain-cuddled towns. As well as Norwegian-focused holidays, our Baltic cruises from Southampton take you to cities, like Oslo, Tallinn and St Petersburg.
If you book one of our Southampton Cruises, you’ll get to sail on one of our newest, All Inclusive ships – like Marella Discovery and Marella Explorer – as they take it in turns to cruise from the UK for 8 to 14-night itineraries in September and October 2018, and September 2019.
As for Southampton itself, it’s a port city through and through. But it’s not all cruise ships. It’s also home to an interactive model of the Titanic, a shiny harbourfront shopping complex and the biggest working steam ship in Britain. Plus, you can swap blue for green in the neighbouring New Forest.
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How to get to Southampton Port
If you’re wondering how far is Southampton from me? Are there any airports near Southampton? Or, what’s in port? Don’t worry, here’s our guide on everything you need to know about Southampton’s cruise terminal.
Car: Southampton Port has two major motorways at its fingertips. The M3 and the M27 are both within half an hour’s drive – just follow the directions to Southampton. Head for 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 point you towards the cruise parking.
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 a 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 an hour and a half or less.
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.