The UK’s largest cruise port and where many will begin their cruise holiday, Southampton has no shortage of maritime and historical attractions. Discover local landmarks on a walking tour including 30 ancient monuments, learn about the tragic story of the Titanic and escape to the great outdoors at the New Forest National Park. With numerous options for seafood dining and even a free art gallery, Southampton is an undoubtedly great destination for a pre- or post cruise stay.
Things to do in Southampton:
Dedicated to the tragedy of the Titanic, SeaCity Museum excellently portrays the aftermath through interactive exhibits. Featuring a 1:25 scale model of the ship, visitors learn about life onboard as well as the disaster that deeply affected Southampton in 1912.
Solent Sky Museum
Home to over 20 aircraft that were integral to the war effort, Solent Sky Museum is dedicated to the history of the RAF. Southampton itself played a large role in producing Supermarine Spitfires, which you’ll learn all about here.
The New Forest
If you’re looking to escape the busy port city, the New Forest National Park is just a short distance away with native New Forest ponies and lush heathland. Visitors can also catch events, activities and workshops throughout the year.
Tudor House and Garden
As Southampton’s most important historic building, this restored home holds over 800 years of history after having numerous owners. Now a museum, it showcases many artefacts once belonging to past residents of Southampton, as well as a Tudor House Café.
Southampton City Art Gallery
Since opening in 1939, this free art gallery has showcased exhibitions of sculptures, photography and traditional paintings. Thanks to an ever-changing programme of activities, you’ll find something here that the whole family will enjoy.
Le Havre (Paris)
You will be at sea on day 3 while travelling from Le Havre (Paris) to Hamburg.
A popular port of call on any European cruise, Hamburg is a thriving port city with plenty to offer. Once onshore, you'll see countless maritime attractions and seafood restaurants with fresh catches of the day. We recommend a city tour to admire the canals and lakes, as well as the World Heritage Site, Speicherstadt. To dive in on Hamburg's seafaring history, head to the International Maritime Museum, home to numerous artefacts and exhibitions.
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Cunard Covid-19 safety measures
Before you travel you will need to complete a health declaration which will be reviewed at embarkation. For sailings from 13th October to 31st December; all guests aged 18 and over will also need to provide proof of your double vaccination status. All guests aged 5 - 17 and under without proof of vaccination will a require a negative PCR test 120 hours before travel. This pre-cruise PCR test will be provided by Cunard through their PCR test service provider Prenetics (registration required). At the cruise terminal guests will be required to take a lateral flow test before boarding. Crew will also have their health monitored before and during cruises.
Onboard each ship, all areas including the spa, salon and pools will be open, and restaurants will be adapted including no self-service buffets, pre-booked tables and dining only in the group you're travelling with. While social distancing must be observed, guests can also link their bookings with friends and family onboard to form a group up to the maximum number allowed by the UK government at the time of departure.
In addition to already rigorous onboard hygiene, cleaning will be even more frequent, including in staterooms and suites, using products which are known to fight coronavirus. To encourage frequent hand washing there will also be more hand sanitiser stations throughout the ships.
<p>On sailings from 13th October 2021, guests will be able to go ashore independently but must adhere to the specific COVID-19 protocols in each
destination. However, as restrictions in each destination are changeable, and some
destinations may only allow cruise line organised experiences ashore, Cunard highly recommend
you purchase Cunard shore experiences prior to travel to ensure you always have the option to explore each destination.</p>
<p>For your peace of mind, Cunard will not visit a country on the UK government's red list at the point of travel and itineraries will be amended if required.</p>
Due to industry procedures, Cunard will no longer be able to accept guests onboard who need supplementary oxygen, including through an oxygen concentrator, mechanical ventilatory support except for overnight CPAP for sleep apnoea, or dialysis. In addition, guests who have had a case or suspected case of COVID-19, been in contact with someone with a case or suspected case of COVID-19, or have been asked to isolate by Track and Trace within 14 days of departure will not be able to board.
UK guests must have cruise-specific travel insurance to sail with Cunard, and declare all pre-existing medical conditions. Their policy must cover cruise travel for the length of their holiday and all the destinations they will visit. Guests must also make sure their policy includes medical and repatriation cover of £2 million minimum that includes cover for emergency evacuations and medical expenses related to COVID-19.
Lovely ship great service but the drinks are a ridiculous cost to which they add a further 15 percent so be prepared to drink water and tea! Trips very expensive also much better to do your own itinerary with a few friends at a fraction of the cost.
The ship , cruise, staff where brilliant . The organisation At Southampton and NY ports was faultless, Unfortunately taxis that did not arrive both inward and outward , And flights booked by Iglu waisted us a day of our break.
Recently returned from a Transatlantic voyage from Southampton to New York. From the word go the experience was fantastic. We were met from our cab by a porter who whisked away our luggage, then the check in process was smooth and expertly carried out. Lovely comfortable and well-equipped stateroom. All staff we encountered were courteous and helpful. Fantastic food and entertainment and we arrived on schedule even though we had a small diversion for a passenger to be airlifted to hospital. Disembarkation was smoothly carried out for a quick exit through immigration. Would absolutely recommend the service received by both Cunard and indeed the helpful staff at Iglu (especially Maggie who explained everything to me). We are already planning our next cruise with Iglu!
We have just completed the westbound Transatlantic, which was fantastic. We were blessed with a smooth crossing. The staff, food, accommodation and entertainment were excellent and we had the benefit of experiencing the English National Ballet, which made the whole experience that much more memorable.
The ship, cruise, and staff were brilliant. The organisation at Southampton and NY ports was faultless. Unfortunately taxis did not arrive both inward and outward, and flights booked by Iglu waisted us a day of our break,
Fantastic cruise but I was not expecting so many children - despite it being the school holidays. Don't feel the itinerary or the ship could cope with the so many youngsters and it really spoiled the dining experience!
Recently sailed from my home City Liverpool to NYC via Iceland and Canada on Queen Mary2. It wasn’t the first time she has impressed upon us. The hospitality of cabin stewards and restaurant staff is second to none.
We booked a fantastic trip travelling to Niagara Falls, then rail trip to New York, then caught The Queen Mary 2. This was a fantastic trip, Niagara Falls were fantastic (especially from the Canadian side). Really could have afforded to have another day there, as one day wasn't enough. The train journey was laborious, and carrying bags on and off the train hard work. Definite tip would be to upgrade rail ticket as those seats recline further and for 12 hours you need it or fly. Arrived in New York early evening bags were a pain again from the station to the Taxi. You definitely need longer in New York, one day is not enough. so much to see and do. We were picked up at 8.15am to the shipping terminal and arrived 15 minutes later. Far too early arrive , as there is nothing to do at the terminal not enough seats until you go through security and we were waiting too long. Should have arrived at 2pm and then we would have had little waiting time. (OBVIOUSLY ALL PASSENGERS CAN'T DO THE SAME). Queen Mary 2, what an Ocean liner, loved every minute on board. Food fantastic, service superb and you were made to feel special. So much to do on board her. The sailing was smooth, as she cut through the Atlantic, like a knife through butter. Even through stronger seas there was little roll. Loved every minute of it and booking a mini cruise to Hamburg already.
All offers and prices are subject to change and availability at time of enquiry. Prices are based on two passengers sharing unless otherwise stated and are subject to the Tour Operator's terms and conditions. Cabin and Flight supplements may apply. Other supplements may apply in addition to the price shown above. Flight details, timings and routing may be subject to alteration. Other tour operator charges may also apply. Any Onboard Spending money or drinks package value shown will be per cabin, again based on two sharing.
Note: On 13 January 2018, new European legislation is being adopted in the UK which as result will mean that we may change our required method of payment at our discretion, irrespective of how any deposit or prior payment was made.