We arrived at Heathrow at 7:30am the day prior to the cruise and walked to the National Express Station to take the bus to Southampton. Having not reserved our seat ahead of time because we were not sure of time of arrival, we purchased our tickets at the station. The price was 3 times the price for our return ride from Southampton to London.(which we had booked online.) Therefore, if you can, book online for much better price.
Arrived in Southampton and had booked a room at the Dolphin Mercure Hotel. What a lovely boutique hotel. Check it out, and the rate was very reasonable.
This review describes our amazing cruise to the British Isles on the Ruby Princess on May 23-June 4th. We arrived at the Southampton port at 11:00AM and were at the Horizon Court buffet for lunch at 12 noon. A very smooth boarding process. All Princess staff was very welcoming, warm and polite. Shortly after, our rooms were ready. A painless drill took place a little later and then off we went toward Le Havre France.
Stateroom: We liked our balcony stateroom. We had booked a Guaranteed stateroom and were assigned our room upon boarding. Yeah…. Way up on the Lido. The room did not have a sofa, just a chair but we made due. The bathroom was small but we managed well. The shower has two dispensers: one soap and one shampoo/conditioner. (Ladies, bring your own conditioner.) The hair dryer is in the drawer in the desk. The closet was spacious and open- easier to maneouver. The bed and pillows were very comfortable-GREAT! Nice balcony! The room was tended twice every day with the ship’s Patter -newsletter and chocolates in the evening.