Joining a Cruise in Southampton

Departing cruise sub

We have been welcoming cruise passengers to Southampton for over 100 years, so you're in very good hands.

If you are joining a cruise in Southampton then this page has a wealth of information to help you plan your trip.The Port of Southampton has four dedicated cruise terminals; City Cruise, Mayflower, Ocean and QEII. The locations of these terminals are shown in the map below. Please take a look at your cruise booking confirmation to find out from which terminal you will depart.

Getting to Your Cruise Ship

Cruise car park

Arriving by Car & Parking

The Port of Southampton is located within close distance of the UK motorway network via the M27 or M3 motorways. The port and relevant cruise terminals are well signposted as you approach the city and are located just off the A33.  

There are a number of short-term and long-term parking options for cruise passengers departing from Southampton:

  • ABParking is the only official operator with on-site car parks located within the Port of Southampton for Royal Caribbean, Celebrity Cruises, Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines, NCL, MSC and Saga Cruises.
  • Cruise and Passenger Services offer long-term parking for guests booked onto Cunard, P&O and Princess Cruises. This meet and greet service must be pre-booked.
  • Airlynx Parking has secure off-site parking and offers transfers to all of the cruise terminals.

Each cruise terminal has disabled bays, as well as drop-off points and Pay & Display short-term car parking facilities for those who would like to wave their loved ones off, or welcome them back from a cruise. Alternatively, there are several options for parking in the city centre  with both short and long stay car parks.

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Arriving By Rail

Southampton Central Station is the closest railway station to the Port of Southampton. From here, the port is just a five-minute taxi ride and taxis are readily available at the station.

Arriving by Air

The nearest airport is Southampton International Airport, on the outskirts of the city. Trains from the airport to the Southampton Central station take around 8 minutes and run every 10-15 minutes.  There is also a bus ( Unilink U1) which  runs every 10-15 minutes between Southampton Airport and Town Quay, calling at many stops across the city centre, including the railway station. (Please note that terminals are still up to 20 minutes walk from Town Quay).

Arriving by Coach

There are regular National Express coaches to Southampton’s central coach station. From here, it is between 10 and 15 minutes' walk to the terminals.

Arriving by Foot

Southampton City Centre, with it's many hotels, is within walking distance of all four terminals, and takes approximately 15-20 minutes depending on which terminal you are departing from and where you are in the city.

Before You Board Your Cruise Liner

Departing cruise terminal

There are luggage drop-off areas at all of the cruise terminals where porters will be on-hand to help load up your luggage. Please keep your hand luggage with you.

All of the cruise terminals have ample seating, vending machines and standard and disabled access toilets. Plus, a selection complimentary magazines and free WiFi.

Café Ceanos operates in both the departure and arrival lounges of each of the cruise terminals whenever a cruise ship is in port. The cafes offer passengers a wide range of hot and cold refreshments while they wait.

Accommodation Before or After Your Cruise

Deaprting cruise accommodation

If you are planning to stay in Southampton before or after your cruise, there are a number of accommodation options across the city to meet all budgets and requirements from budget hotels through to five-star luxury accommodation. There are many places to stay that are a short walk or a quick taxi ride from the cruise terminals, offering you convenience and proximity to many of Southampton’s attractions as well. Take a look at our accommodation pages to discover more.

Alternatively, Destination Southampton is a free venue finding service that can assist cruise passengers with bespoke accommodation packages, including overnight accommodation, transfers and parking. Call 0345 226 9944 or email for more information.

Cruise Terminals

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