Southampton is one of three cruise ports in the vicinity of London, along with Dover and Tower Bridge. Southampton is the busiest cruise port in the United Kingdom, often with several ships a day making stops. The port is also the departure port for a range of cruise opportunities aboard some brand new cruise ships.
Southampton is the home port for the Cunard fleet of cruise ships: the Queen Mary 2, the Queen Elizabeth and the Queen Victoria. From Southampton, Cunard sends the ships out on British Islands, Baltic Sea, Mediterranean, transatlantic and world cruises. The Queen's are luxury liners that carry about 2,500 passengers and all are fairly new. The Queen Mary 2 started sailing in 2004, the Queen Victoria is early 2008 and the new Queen Elizabeth in the fall of 2010.
Cunard Line Mountbatten House Southampton, England cunard.com
P&O Cruises also is homebased out of Southampton and is the largest cruise line for the British market. The brand new cruise ship Azura makes regular trips from the port with itineraries to the Baltic Sea and Mediterranean. Once a year the Azura sails transatlantic to Barbados. The Azura can carry 3,100 guests and is one of the few cruise ships with cabins for single passengers.
P&O Cruises Carnival House 100 Harbour Parade Southampton, England pocruises.com
The Celebrity Eclipse makes regular cruises round-trip from Southampton to the Baltic Sea, Canary Islands, British Isles and the Mediterranean. The Eclipse is another brand new ship, entering service in spring 2010. She will accommodate 2,852 passengers. Celebrity is a premium cruise line and has been top rated by the Guardian, the Observer, Daily Telegraph and UK Condé Nast Traveler for cruise companies operating out of the United Kingdom.
Celebrity Cruises 1050 Caribbean Way Miami, FL 33132-2028 305-262-6677 celebritycruises.com
Royal Caribbean International
Royal Caribbean operates out of Southampton with the cruise ship Independence of the Seas. Voyages are available to the Canary Islands, Western Mediterranean and around the British Isles. The Independence of the Seas has a guest capacity of 4,370 passengers and has been sailing since 2008. This very large cruise ship features Wi-Fi and cell phone service, an ice skating rink, boxing ring and conference facilities.
Royal Carribean International 1050 Caribbean Way Miami, FL 33132-2096 305-539-6000 royalcaribbean.com
Silversea is a luxury cruise line that gives passengers the experience of travelling aboard a private yacht. The 300 passenger Silver Sea Silver Cloud sales out of Southampton to visit the British Isles, Copenhagen and Spain.
Silversea Cruises--The Americas 110 E. Broward Blvd. Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301 800-722-9955 silversea.com