Ocean Ports of Call

Southampton - UK, England Highlights:
Maritime Museum, Medieval Walls
Southampton is the biggest trading and container port on the south coast of England as well as being a lively city. It has passenger ferries to the Isle of Wight and the Continent, and a large cruise ship terminal. Southampton's history stretches right back to the Roman occupation of Britain 1500 years ago. It has been a Royal city for well over 1000 years - from Alfred the Great's father, King Ethelwulf in 840AD, right up to our present Queen Elizabeth. Southampton Castle was built in the 12th century and by the 13th century Southampton had already become a leading port. The Mayflower, the Titanic and the Allied Invasion all left from the quays here. Consequently there is an excellent Maritime Museum here.

Southampton offers modern shopping complexes, many ancient buildings and its remaining stretches of medieval walls and fortifications, encircling the old town. At the heart of the city are the historic Central parks. Local landmarks and places of interest include King John's House (12th century), the 14th-century gates of the Norman town walls, Southampton Art Gallery, which specializes in 20th-century British art and the Southampton Hall of Aviation which depicts the history of aviation in the Solent area. The Roman settlement of Clausentum and the later Saxon town of Hamwih were located on the site of the city and The Museum of Archaeology illustrates important periods in local history. Southampton became a fashionable resort in the 18th century but during World War II the port was heavily damaged. Now it is a modern city and a premier liner port.

There are more than 30 cruises calling at this port. Click the month or cruise line logo you are interested in to see details of the cruises.

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