Southampton is the 'Cruise Capital' of the UK and home to some of the finest cruise lines.
The Port of Southampton has now become the biggest cruise ship hub in Europe as more and more cruise lines increase the number of Ex-UK, roundtrip cruises from the UK.
With four dedicated cruise terminals, no restrictions on length of cruise ship able to dock and unrestricted tidal access 24 hours a day, 365 days a year combined with excellent road, rail and air links you can see why Southampton has become so successful in recent years.
Around 430 ship calls were completed at Southampton in 2013 with more than 1.6 million cruise passengers passing through the Port.
When you arrive at the terminal you leave your vehicle at one of three long drop-off lanes all under a large curved roof. Your car will then be taken to one of the long term car parks.
Proceed into the building and take either an escalator, stairs or lift to the first floor, where you go through security checks and join the ship.
The space inside the building is divided into two separate floors and has enough room to accommodate 40 check-in desks and 1,500 chairs, together with a 350ft long baggage hall.
A fully licensed cafe and bar is available in the Departure Lounge after check-in.
The City of Southampton is in walking distance from the terminal.
Check which terminal you are crusing from at: http://www.southamptonvts.co.uk/
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How to get to the Ocean Cruise Terminal Southampton
Exit the M3 at Junction 14 and join the M27 for Poole.
Exit the M27 at junction 3 and join the M271, heading towards Totton.
At the roundabout at the end of the M271 take the exit towards Southampton
(A3024 - Mountbatten Way).
Take the A3024 on to the West Quay Road until you get to Dock Gate 04.
Direct train services link Southampton Central (approx 1 mile from docks) with many parts of the UK.
South West Trains operates a 15-minute interval daytime fast service between London Waterloo and Southampton Central.
Longer distance services provide direct links with Bristol, South Wales, the Midlands, the North and Scotland. Southampton Central is 2 miles away from the Cruise Terminal.
The approximate journey time from London Waterloo is 1 hour and 30 minutes.
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(Southampton Coach Station is 1 mile away)
National Express Coach services travel to Southampton from London Victoria Coach Station. Approximate travel time is approximately 2 hours and 30 minutes. Click here for National Express to/from Southampton
(Southampton Airport is 5 miles away)
Southampton International Airport is situated on the outskirts of the city (approx 5.5miles from docks) and is convenient for the M27 and M3. The airport has its own railway station Southampton Parkway which is on the main London line and 5 trains an hour leave for Southampton Central station in the peak part of the day with a journey time of as little as 7 minutes.. The airport services UK and major European destinations.
Cross channel ferry services by Brittany Ferries and LD Lines operate out of the nearby port of Portsmouth (21 miles) offering fast and regular crossings to the near continent. P&O Ferries run from Portsmouth to Bilbao and on summer Sundays Condor Ferries run a fast service from Portsmouth to Cherbourg.
Red Funnel Ferries provide a regular fast and efficient service from Town Quay to Cowes on the Isle of Wight.
The Hythe - Southampton Ferry operates a half hourly ferry service between Town Quay, Southampton and Hythe Pier, passing by Ocean Terminal and linking with comprehensive bus services on both sides of Southampton Water.