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Sail Date: May 2009
The dock is only a few minutes from city center. Also only mnutes from train and bus service to London City and to Heathrow airport.There are quite a number of hotels at all price points within minutes of the shipThis can be handy if you ... Read More
The dock is only a few minutes from city center. Also only mnutes from train and bus service to London City and to Heathrow airport.There are quite a number of hotels at all price points within minutes of the shipThis can be handy if you are planning to arrive the night before embarkation.For travellers on a tight schedule Southampton is probably not worth spending much time in. The surrounding countryside can be beautiful but most travellers will have far more celebrated destinations in mind.How many visitors finding themselves in Manhattan would spend much time exploring Long Island?Not that Southampton is down at the heels, it is not.But given it's relatively small size there is not a loton offer to tourists. That's surprising since it has been a gateway port for centuries. For those visitors with a few hours to spend while waiting  for the ship to embark, the area of the city adjoining the docks is in fact quite decent, with a good shopping center within a mile or so.If you feel it is worth the extra effort and are able to manage your own luggage it is very simple to get to the bus stationor rail station and from there to arrange your own transfer to London. Trains and buses run frequently.This can save a lot of money over the official Cruise Line Transfer. Rental car service can be a big head ache. The city and dockside offices are often closed on weekends and holidaysDelivery of your rental car to the ship has been discontinued. The only rental offices that are always openare at Southampton airport which is  $30.00a taxi fare. From past experience we have learned that it isESSENTIAL to have your rental car prebooked and confirmed well in advance before leaving the US. . Read Less
Sail Date: May 2009
The new Ocean terminal is very smart, open & bright with good parking but there are very few seats if you are waiting for a taxi
The new Ocean terminal is very smart, open & bright with good parking but there are very few seats if you are waiting for a taxi Read Less
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Sail Date: June 2009
Lots to see and do but very expensive if you are using the US Dollar. The highlight of our stay in London was the Templar Church (an ancestor of my husband was a Knight of the Templar and I loved the Da Vinci Code!). Ask a cab driver or a ... Read More
Lots to see and do but very expensive if you are using the US Dollar. The highlight of our stay in London was the Templar Church (an ancestor of my husband was a Knight of the Templar and I loved the Da Vinci Code!). Ask a cab driver or a local how to find it. You will never figure it out on your own! The National Portrait Gallery was very interesting and free (donation suggested). Read Less
Sail Date: April 2010
As this was a walkabout tour we only visted the Ocean Terminal in Southampton and found this to be an excellent facility . Good Car Parking Secure and handy for the Port and Town of Southampton.
As this was a walkabout tour we only visted the Ocean Terminal in Southampton and found this to be an excellent facility . Good Car Parking Secure and handy for the Port and Town of Southampton. Read Less
Sail Date: June 2010
Gibralter I have been here before and we did our own thing great day found a local minibus driver who was great. Interesting place to visit. Watch out for the monkeys one of our party had one land on her back.
Gibralter I have been here before and we did our own thing great day found a local minibus driver who was great. Interesting place to visit. Watch out for the monkeys one of our party had one land on her back. Read Less
Sail Date: June 2010
Southampton-side trip to Bath, about 90 minutes from the port, in the country side of England. The city is very full of wonderful architectural treasures, and great antique shops! We enjoyed the walk around time to explore on our own. On ... Read More
Southampton-side trip to Bath, about 90 minutes from the port, in the country side of England. The city is very full of wonderful architectural treasures, and great antique shops! We enjoyed the walk around time to explore on our own. On the way back we did a drive by of Stonehenge...right in the middle between 2 roadways...cool! Read Less
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Sail Date: June 2010
I arrived at the port and was guided to an area where my suitcase was taken off me, I was then guided to the parking area. From there through to embarkation, took about an hour, then onto the ship. When I reached my cabin My case was ... Read More
I arrived at the port and was guided to an area where my suitcase was taken off me, I was then guided to the parking area. From there through to embarkation, took about an hour, then onto the ship. When I reached my cabin My case was already there, so no complaints there. Read Less
Sail Date: June 2010
Checking in to the ship was terrible. I felt NCL cared much more about the press and travel agents than they did their passengers.We waited hours while those people were shuttled ahead of us to enjoy time on the ship!! All if this while we ... Read More
Checking in to the ship was terrible. I felt NCL cared much more about the press and travel agents than they did their passengers.We waited hours while those people were shuttled ahead of us to enjoy time on the ship!! All if this while we crowded to wait.I was told to wait in the dock's lounge and we would be the first to board!!!! Not true. NCL simply forgot about us and we had a much longer wait for having believed that was true!! I hope NCL will pay more attention to their passengers in the future. (I won"t even talk about the disembarking!!) Read Less
Sail Date: June 2010
A nice, clean city with plenty of history - the Pilgrim Fathers, and Titanic left from here. Nice downtown and city-wall walk. We visited Stonehenge which is close by. Salisbury and Winchester Cathedrals are also near.
A nice, clean city with plenty of history - the Pilgrim Fathers, and Titanic left from here. Nice downtown and city-wall walk. We visited Stonehenge which is close by. Salisbury and Winchester Cathedrals are also near. Read Less
Sail Date: June 2010
Terminal was reasonably close to the city, did not explore it as this was the disembarkation point. Not much of facilities in the terminal itself, rather plain and simple.
Terminal was reasonably close to the city, did not explore it as this was the disembarkation point. Not much of facilities in the terminal itself, rather plain and simple. Read Less
Sail Date: July 2010
Only used as the start & finish of the cruise,for a new terminal it seemed ill-equipped to deal with such a large number of people.
Only used as the start & finish of the cruise,for a new terminal it seemed ill-equipped to deal with such a large number of people. Read Less
Sail Date: July 2010
This was our embarkation port and we spent a few days here before boarding the ship --- all of what we did was on on our own....but we highly recommend going into he town and spending some time there. (1) there are free guided tours around ... Read More
This was our embarkation port and we spent a few days here before boarding the ship --- all of what we did was on on our own....but we highly recommend going into he town and spending some time there. (1) there are free guided tours around the medieval walls and towers leaving from the old bar gate (just south of the big shopping mall on the main street) and it was absolutely fascinating - our guide Jake was great and there were only about 8 out of us so we got to ask a lot of questions. (2) took the Jet Boat over to the Isle of Wight --- easy to get around using public transit on the Isle (3) lots of good local pubs/restaurants Read Less

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