A message from the United Kingdom about the convenience of "home-port" cruising, especially from Southampton.
When planning your next holiday, don't overlook the benefits of cruises from Southampton. This area has become one the biggest locations for stress-free holidays, and I don't just mean for those on a cruise. Southampton is conveniently located on the South Coast, so getting there by road, rail, or sea is incredibly easy for travellers. While waiting for the cruise to depart, don't miss out on the exciting attractions and historic places in Southampton. Cruise Options from Southampton With four terminals and thirteen cruise ships regularly departing from port, Southampton is unmatched in cruise options for travellers. Some of the biggest cruise lines include: P & O Cruises: As one of Britain's favourite cruise lines, P & O cruises have over 120 ships departing from Southampton every year. They make cruises stress-free, as they offer departures direct from Southampton. You can simply step on board the ship, without worrying over baggage restrictions or flight delays. Did I mention they offer destinations across the globe? Experience breathtaking scenery and exciting attractions on a 14 night cruise to the Caribbean or US. Only have time for a short weekend holiday? Feel relaxed and refreshed after a two night cruise to France, Ireland, or Belgium. Royal Caribbean Cruises: With cruise ships departing from Southampton, your holiday can be as short or as long as you want. Three night cruises to Paris are perfect for couples on a holiday. Fourteen night Italian cruises offer the chance to stop at eight exciting ports of call. Extra expenses usually occur during a cruise, so I find it beneficial that most on-board entertainment and activities, children's play areas, and meals are included in the cost of the cruise. Princess Cruises: Relax on a short three day cruise through Western Europe or embark on a 14 night journey to the Mediterranean. With activities for all ages and freshly prepared cuisine, Princess Cruises offer something for both adult travellers and families.Arrive Early and Enjoy the Area Before you set off on your next cruise departing from Southampton, I recommend arriving a day or two early. This will give you enough time to explore the area. Immerse yourself in history while viewing the medieval town walls and award winning museums in Southampton's Old Town. Walk in the footsteps of our ancestors as you discover the port where the Mayflower departed from and learn about the tragic fate of the Titanic, which departed from Southampton in 1912. While the area has a rich history that can be explored for days, I also suggest visiting some of the livelier attractions in Southampton. Families will experience plenty of excitement at Paultons Theme Park. Home to Peppa Pig World, this park offers rides and activities for all ages, including a water kingdom, meerkat manor, and Japanese garden. There are also numerous parks, sporting events, and art galleries for exploration. Those of us who love to shop can find something special to bring home from Southampton. The Friday Markets offers over 50 stalls with items being sold that include foods, leather goods and gifts. The Mall Marlands Shopping Centre offers a large mix of both independent retailers and large chain stores. Don't miss out on all that Southampton has to offer. Whether taking a cruise to or from the city, I know you won't be left disappointed. With no-fly cruises from Southampton, your holiday will be relaxing and stress-free. With a wide selection for cruises and shore excursions, Southampton has been established as the number one cruise port of the UK. [Ed. note: This article was contributed to us by Royal Caribbean U.K. and is valuable for its listings of cruises from the port of Southampton].