Southampton is the UK's largest cruise port and has been home to the world's finest ships for over a century. Europe's leading port has four cruise terminals spread along two miles of England’s south coast. Plus, it's the traditional home of some of the world’s most famous cruise lines.
Whilst you can sail almost anywhere in the world from here, our cruises from Southampton highlight Continental Europe, the Canary Islands, Scandinavia and the Mediterranean. The port is very close to Southampton airport and is easily accessed from major motorways.
Travelling by car
Driving from the M3
Take the M3 to Junction 13 and follow the signs to M27-West Southampton Docks. Continue on M27 until you see signs for M271-Southampton Docks & Old Waterfront. Stay in the left-hand lane as you filter on to the M271. Continue for approximately ¾ mile. At the roundabout turn left to Southampton-Docks & Waterfront.
Driving from the M27 Eastbound
Take the M27 to Junction 3 and join the M271 towards Totton. At the roundabout at the end of the M271 take the A3024 Mountbatten Way towards Southampton.
If you prefer to drive yourself, parking at the port is included in the price of every cruise.
Postcodes for Sat Nav:
- City Cruise Terminal SO15 1AJ
- QE2 Cruise Terminal SO14 3GG
- Mayflower and Fruit Cruise Terminal SO15 1HJ
- Ocean Cruise Terminal SO14 3QN
Travelling by train
Southampton Central station is just over an hour from London by train. The station is half a mile away from Dock Gate 10 and one mile from Dock Gate 4, which will take approximately 5-15 minutes in a taxi. Taxis are readily available outside Southampton Central and at all four cruise terminals.
Southampton is the UK’s largest cruise port, with four cruise terminals that welcomed 1.7 million passengers in 2015. Over £40 million has been invested in the dedicated terminals and surrounding infrastructure to give passengers the smoothest experience before and after their cruise. Saga uses all four terminals; you will be advised which terminal your cruise is departing from in your final cruise documentation.
Southampton City Cruise Terminal facilities
City Cruise Terminal is accessed through Dock Gate 10. Once you have checked in, there is a fully licensed bar and café in the Departure Lounge. Vending machines are available. There is a dedicated taxi rank outside the Arrivals Hall.
Southampton QE2 Cruise Terminal facilities
QE2 Terminal is accessed through Dock Gate 4. Once you have checked in, there is a fully licensedbar and café in the Departure Lounge. There is a dedicated taxi rank outside the Arrivals Hall.
Southampton Mayflower and Fruit Cruise Terminal facilities
Southampton Mayflower and Fruit Terminal is accessed through Dock Gate 10. Once you have checked in, there is a fully licensed bar and café in the Departure Lounge. Toilets and other refreshments are available in the Arrivals Hall. There is a dedicated taxi rank outside the Arrivals Hall.
Southampton Ocean Cruise Terminal facilities
Ocean Cruise Terminal is accessed through Dock Gate 4. Once you have checked in, there is a fully licensed bar and café in the Departure Lounge. Vending machines are available. The terminal has a dedicated taxi rank.
Cruise destinations from Southampton
Cruises from Southampton take you to must-see destinations across the globe. Think America’s tourist hotspots, like New York, or cultured cities closer to home, like Paris in France and Amsterdam in Holland.
Prefer sun-drenched beaches and coastline views? Saga cruises from Southampton visit tropical Caribbean islands like Grenada, Mediterranean highlights like Spain and its Costa del Sol, and Canary Island gems like Lanzarote and Tenerife. Other popular cruise stops include the North African nation of Morocco, where passengers can experience the modern charms and Atlantic scenery of Agadir.
When ships sail from Southampton
Our cruises depart throughout the spring, summer, autumn and winter. See when our ships set sail using our quick, at-a-glance calendar.
Our no-fly cruises from Southampton
Saga’s cruise holidays are far more than your average sea voyages. Start your journey in comfort and style with our chauffeur service, getting you to and from the port with ease. Forgoing any flights, our no-fly cruises give you the opportunity to first-rate service from start to finish.
And if you’re travelling solo, we have plenty of holidays with excursions and activities to suit your needs.
Choosing your cruise
Over the past 65 years, we've perfected the Saga cruise experience to a tee. Enjoy fine dining, chauffeuring from your front door to the ship and all-inclusive packages so you live in luxury throughout the voyage. If you’re not happy with your first cruise, then we’ll happily refund the cost.
Our ships sailing from Southampon
Cruising with Saga means you’ll get to experience the world-class holiday experiences that come in tow with our ships. Whether you’re tempted by fine food and drink, or the attentive service that comes from having two members of staff for every three passengers, a cruise with us is always one to remember.
Spirit of Discovery
Spirit of Discovery takes the charms of a boutique hotel to the seas, featuring cabins complete with private balconies – perfect for watching sunsets.