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katluc March 5th, 2014 09:39 AM

We are planning on flying in a few days before the cruise to tour London. Is the train the best way to get to Southamption?

kandajones March 5th, 2014 12:41 PM

Hi Kathy, yes, there are regular trains from London Waterloo direct to Southampton in about 90 minutes, or slower stopping trains taking up to 2 hours.
From the Central station all of the docks are within a 10 minute taxi ride, and depending on who you are sailing with, there may even be a courtesy transfer. The only downside is that obviously the taxi drivers are there to make a living and certainly will try it on with cost, so you may want to ask before getting in rather than feeling ripped off when you unload. On the bright side, for short trips and they do overcharge, then you can be "very British" and not give a tip. They don't expect them on short trips, so won't say anything, other than "have a lovely cruise".
On the return (sorry to think about that) there are taxi ranks outside each of the terminals, but if you want to organise a return taxi to the airport, you may want to do that in advance - it should be around 80.

Please note there are 4 cruise terminals in Southampton, so make sure you know which one you want.

All the best,


katluc March 5th, 2014 01:56 PM

Thanks Alan. I was thinking we would take the train from London a day before the cruise to avoid a lot of traffic. Is there a lot to see in Southampton?

kandajones March 5th, 2014 02:20 PM

Hi again Kathy, Southampton is a fairly untapped resource of history, culture, and activities.
Within the city itself we have medieval merchant, and Tudor houses, the old city Walls including one of the city gates (Bargate) which houses an art museum. Other museums include the Sea City showhousing the naval side of Southampton, the Sky Museum with all sorts of aircraft & details of our ties with the WWII Spitfire, as well as Supermarine, Flying Boats & so on. Then of course there is all the history of the Titanic, from museums to city walks taking in notable buildings & memorials to those who lost their lives.

There is a main shopping street with (by UK standards) a good sized shopping centre, a few parks for watching the world go by. In the evening we have a first rate theatre carrying many shows when they first tour after London.
There are restaurants to cater for every taste & budget.

If you get back on the train, you can within 30 minutes get to Salisbury with it's Cathedral, Winchester the old capital of Wessex with all it's King Alfred the Great links, or Portsmouth for it's Historic Dockyards with the HMS Victory, Mary Rose, and the iron clad Warrior amongst others.

If you let me know what your interests are, I will post some web links so that you can take a look.

Have a great day,

katluc March 6th, 2014 07:55 AM

Thanks for taking the time to write this up. I know we aren't sailing for a year, but need to figure out what we will be doing for the budget. I will let you know what we plan on a little closer to the time we are leaving..Is The Pig a good place to stay or would you recommend something else..

kandajones March 6th, 2014 12:30 PM


Originally Posted by katluc (Post 1496052)
..Is The Pig a good place to stay or would you recommend something else..

Good morning Kathy, you ask about 'the Pig', I am not familiar with that one, could you give me a bit more detail, such as the location or web link & I'll check around for you.

Have a lovely day,

katluc March 6th, 2014 01:15 PM

Here it is: THE PIG, Restaurant with Rooms in Hampshire

kandajones March 6th, 2014 01:59 PM

Hi again, although we have never stayed or eaten there, Katrina is aware of the hotel & says that it has a good reputation, especially for the food.
It's location is also excellent as it is a very short stroll from there into the city centre, and well positioned for the various cruise terminals.

In the centre of the town is the Dolphin Hotel (now part of the Mercure group) which has plenty of history & a good reputation, so may be worth a look as an alternative if the the Pig in the Wall is fully booked.
Mercure Southampton Centre DOLPHIN HOTEL, Mercure hotel Southampton, The Dophin hotels on the south coast Southampton, and is one of the historic hotels in Southampton near the Docks with meeting rooms

Then of course there are all the chain hotels, which are perfectly functional, but more business focussed than pleasure.


katluc March 7th, 2014 09:29 AM

One last question, i promise. Is there a public golf course that is available?

kandajones March 7th, 2014 02:22 PM


Originally Posted by katluc (Post 1496112)
Is there a public golf course that is available?

Hmmm good question, there are a lot of top rate golf courses around the area, but I am not sure if they are open to the public, though many may do "day membership".
The one most likely to be readily available is the Southampton Municipal Golf Course which is about 4 miles North of The Pig

Here is a link which may answer any questions ..... Southampton City Golf Course | Mytime Active

Feel free to continue to ask questions, who knows I might actually know an answer to one ;)

Have a good day & great weekend,

Rattling May 21st, 2015 08:50 PM

Embarkation/Debarkation Ports
To get back to Southampton from London I would highly recommend the train since traffic on the M-4(?) London to Southampton can be dodgy at times. From the Southampton train station you can catch a taxi to the port and the will drop you off at the terminal. Busses, rental cars, and taxis are too expensive and too risky due to the traffic on the motorway.

Been there and done that several times,

Donna July 10th, 2015 06:49 PM

I still find it very difficult taking the London train, underground from London to Southampton with luggage. We were literally packed in like sardines, can't imagine being on there with luggage, etc...OY

kandajones July 11th, 2015 10:39 AM


Originally Posted by Donna (Post 1521218)
London train, underground to Southampton . We were literally packed in like sardines

Definitely a very valid observation, despite the horribly overpriced tickets, the trains themselves can be very VERY crowded. So if you are still planning on staying in Southampton the day before you sail, try & plan your journey to leave London before the 5 O'clock rush hour, however if you come down on the day of your voyage, then it's not so bad as you will be travelling against the main passenger flow.
It would also be worth enquiring about the cab/taxi costs from your hotel direct to London Waterloo station for the train to Southampton rather than trying to use the underground - it won't be cheap, but it may save your sanity !!

Finally, please keep an eye on travel news. I don't know if you are coming soon, but at the moment, we are having train strikes on the London Underground & some of the overland routes, so just follow the news on the "Transport for London" website

Take care,

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