Southampton Cruises

The United Kingdom's premier passenger ship port, Southampton was home to the great transatlantic liners of yesteryear. The port serves as your gateway to Southern England’s magnificent historic sites, national landmarks, charming villages as well as the great metropolis of London. Southampton is the ideal starting or ending point for a memorable voyage.

Excursions

Please note: The shore excursions listed are typical for this port. The full programme of shore excursions available for your cruise will be displayed on Cruise Personaliser at least 12 weeks prior to departure.

  • Southampton Titanic Trail

    Discover Southampton’s historic buildings and its links with the legendary Titanic on this fascinating walking tour.

    Southampton Titanic Trail

    Titanic pulled away from the White Star dock in Southampton at the start of her maiden voyage on 10th April 1912. 5 days later in the early hours of 15th April she sank after striking an iceberg. The disaster had a devastating effect on the people of Southampton and of the 724 crew which lived within in the area only 175 returned home.

    . Your walking tour begins at Ocean Terminal, which is located adjacent to the site of the original White Star dock. A leisurely stroll will take you through Queen’s Park and past the old South Western Hotel where the First Class passengers stayed before embarking on the majestic liner. Close by are the old White Star offices where Southampton residents gathered in their hundreds, waiting day after day for news of loved ones.

    A walk along Oxford Street will take you past some of the drinking establishments used by the ill fated crew including The Grapes pub, which is where filming took place for the famous ‘Titanic’ movie. At the end of the street are the ruins of Holyrood Church where a memorial to the Titanic crew stands. As you wander past the ancient Southampton walls and through the main shopping precinct, with its eclectic mix of shops, you’ll hear poignant tales of the Titanic heroes and survivors.

    The highlight of the tour is a visit to the SeaCity Museum. This interactive Museum is filled with information and interesting memorabilia of the fateful disaster and illustrates the impact the liner has had on the city.


    This excursion will operate on foot. There is two hours walking on varying terrain, including uneven ground, steps and some slight inclines. Guests who opt to remain in the city centre after the tour will be responsible for making their own way back to the ship.

    Tour code

    SOU_036

    Features

    • Activity high

      Activity Level: High

    Duration

    4 hours

  • New Forest Scenic Drive

    Discover the history and natural beauty of the New Forest with its famous ponies, quaint villages and picturesque landscapes.

    New Forest Scenic Drive

    A short drive out of Southampton will bring you to the New Forest. The New Forest, originally created by William the Conqueror for deer hunting, is a mixture of open grazing, woodland and heath. The Forest has remained almost untouched for 1,000 years and is famous for its tiny villages with traditional thatched cottages and wild ponies which roam free on the land. Today it is managed by the Forestry Commission and in 2004 was designated a National Park.

    Your scenic drive will take you through the heart of the New Forest, with its famous New Forest ponies, past a variety of beautiful landscapes to three of its prettiest villages; Hythe, Beaulieu and Lyndhurst.

    The historic marina village of Hythe is located alongside Southampton Water and on a clear day you can see across to where your cruise ship is berthed. The village also boasts the world’s oldest operating pier train.

    The picturesque village of Beaulieu dates back to the 13th century and is renowned for its Abbey, Motor Museum and Palace Manor House. Admire the lovely views across Beaulieu River as you pass through this quaint village.

    The New Forest capital, Lyndhurst is a bustling village containing tea rooms, pubs, souvenir shops, local stores and ice cream vendors. You will have the chance to visit the New Forest Visitor Centre to view its exhibits, browse the local shops or relax in one of the tea rooms.


    This excursion will operate by coach. The sightseeing is conducted from the comfort of your coach with a photograph stop at Hythe and Beaulieu. There will be approximately 45 minutes free time in Lyndhurst.

    Tour code

    SOU_040

    Features

    • Activity low

      Activity Level: Low

    • Shopping

      Shopping

    Duration

    3 hours

  • Prehistoric Stonehenge

    Discover the mystery surrounding Stonehenge, Europe's most remarkable and intriguing prehistoric monument.

    Prehistoric Stonehenge

    Stonehenge is the most important prehistoric monument in the whole of Britain. This mighty symbol is a wonder of the world drawing thousands of visitors each year to witness its awesome majesty and mystery. It stands as a timeless tribute to the people who built it and is now a richly deserved UNESCO World Heritage Site.

    The natural and historical stone circle was erected between 3,000 BC and 1,600 BC (earlier than the Egyptian pyramids) by no less than three different cultures. Its extraordinary features include its orientation on the rising and setting sun, incredible geometry, unique jointing and the fact that some stones were dragged over 100 miles to the site.

    As you wander around the encircling pathway, your audio guide will provide an insight into the huge significance of Stonehenge. This stone circle also provides many photographic opportunities and with so many theories about its usage and uniqueness, Stonehenge is one of today’s wonders of the world and an absolute must to visit. There is also new visitor centre which includes exhibition galleries, Neolithic Huts, a café and a gift shop.


    This excursion will operate by coach and on foot. The transfer time to Stonehenge is approximately one hour. Audio guides are available at the entrance if you wish to explore Stonehenge independently. A shuttle is used for the 10 minute transfer from the visitor centre to the Stonehenge monument. All areas are wheelchair accessible. The area immediately around the stones is cordoned off to protect them. Please remember to carry local currency (pounds sterling).

    Tour code

    SOU_035

    Features

    • Activity low

      Activity Level: Low

    • Shopping

      Shopping

    Duration

    4½ hours

  • London Panorama and the Tower

    View the wonderful capital city of London and visit the Tower of London.

    London Panorama and the Tower

    Leaving Southampton, your journey will take you into the heart of London, where a panoramic drive will take you past spectacular sights, including The Houses of Parliament and Big Ben.

    This excursion will enable you to gain an overall impression of London that welcomes you to its red buses and friendly 'bobbies' great churches, imposing statues and elegant pubs.

    Visit to the Tower of London, one of the most famous fortified buildings in the world. Built in 1078 by William the Conqueror, the Tower has been a palace, prison, treasury, arsenal and even a zoo! Today the Tower houses the priceless Crown Jewels. Also on view are the Medieval Palace, the infamous Bloody Tower and over 90 inscriptions made by prisoners in the Beauchamp Tower.

    During your tour, you’ll be given Free time in Central London for shopping and lunch.

    As you re-board your coach for the return drive, sit back and relax as you take in a few final views of London.


    This excursion will operate by coach and on foot. Lunch is not included, allowing for more flexibility. This tour may operate in reverse order. Guests will be required to go through airport style security checks. There are stairs and passage ways to negotiate at the tower of London.

    Tour code

    SOU_038

    Features

    • Activity medium

      Activity Level: Medium

    • Shopping

      Shopping

    Duration

    11 hours

  • Prehistoric Stonehenge

    Discover the mystery surrounding Stonehenge, Europe's most remarkable and intriguing prehistoric monument.

    Prehistoric Stonehenge

    Stonehenge is the most important prehistoric monument in the whole of Britain. This mighty symbol is a wonder of the world drawing thousands of visitors each year to witness its awesome majesty and mystery. It stands as a timeless tribute to the people who built it and is now a richly deserved UNESCO World Heritage Site.

    The natural and historical stone circle was erected between 3,000 BC and 1,600 BC (earlier than the Egyptian pyramids) by no less than three different cultures. Its extraordinary features include its orientation on the rising and setting sun, incredible geometry, unique jointing and the fact that some stones were dragged over 100 miles to the site.

    As you wander around the encircling pathway, your audio guide will provide an insight into the huge significance of Stonehenge. This stone circle also provides many photographic opportunities and with so many theories about its usage and uniqueness, Stonehenge is one of today’s wonders of the world and an absolute must to visit. There is also new visitor centre which includes exhibition galleries, Neolithic Huts, a café and a gift shop.


    Guests who are embarking or disembarking the ship in Southampton should not book a shore excursion for this port.  Southampton excursions are available for guests visiting Southampton as a port call.

    This excursion will operate by coach and on foot. The transfer time to Stonehenge is approximately one hour. Audio guides are available at the entrance if you wish to explore Stonehenge independently. A shuttle is used for the 10 minute transfer from the visitor centre to the Stonehenge monument. All areas are wheelchair accessible. The area immediately around the stones is cordoned off to protect them. Please remember to carry local currency (pounds sterling).

    Tour code

    SOU_011

    Features

    • Activity low

      Activity Level: Low

    • Shopping

      Shopping

    Duration

    4½ hours

  • Southampton Private Tour by Car - Half Day

    Explore at your own pace with a private vehicle and English-speaking driver at your service.

    Southampton Private Tour by Car - Half Day

    This exclusive private tour is designed to give you the freedom to customise your time ashore so you can discover the most interesting sights in the comfort and privacy of your own vehicle.

    With your private vehicle, and the personal attention of your English-speaking driver, you’ll have the flexibility and independence to design your itinerary ashore according to your own interests, and take in the sights at your own pace. See the famous sights, or go beyond to create your own special and memorable day ashore.


    This excursion will operate by private car. Private cars are ordered per vehicle (not per person) and will accommodate up to two guests. Only one person in the party needs to book the vehicle. The price shown is the total cost for the vehicle and driver. Entrance fees for attractions, meals, refreshments and gratuities are not included. In many destinations, the number of vehicles available is extremely limited, so guests are encouraged to secure their private vehicle reservation as early as possible. Tour price includes sightseeing within the region around the port, but not in London. Please note that this excursion is non-refundable.

    Tour code

    SOU_702

    Features

    • Activity low

      Activity Level: Low

    Duration

    4 hours

  • Southampton Private Tour by Minivan – Half Day

    Explore at your own pace with a private vehicle and English-speaking driver at your service.

    Southampton Private Tour by Minivan – Half Day

    This exclusive private tour is designed to give you the freedom to customize your time ashore so you can discover the most interesting sights in the comfort and privacy of your own vehicle.

    With your private vehicle, and the personal attention of your English-speaking driver, you’ll have the flexibility and independence to design your itinerary ashore according to your own interests, and take in the sights at your own pace. See the famous sights, or go beyond to create your own special and memorable day ashore.


    This excursion will operate by private minivan. Private vans are ordered per vehicle (not per person) and will accommodate up to five guests. Only one person in the party needs to book the vehicle. The price shown is the total cost for the vehicle and English-speaking driver. Entrance fees for attractions, meals, refreshments and gratuities are not included. In many destinations, the number of vehicles available is extremely limited, so guests are encouraged to secure their private vehicle reservation as early as possible. Tour price includes sightseeing within the region around the port, but not in London. Please note that this excursion is non-refundable.

    Tour code

    SOU_704

    Features

    • Activity low

      Activity Level: Low

    Duration

    4 hours

  • London - Private Car Full Day with Driver

    Explore at your own pace with a private vehicle and English-speaking driver at your service.

    London - Private Car Full Day with Driver

    This exclusive private tour is designed to give you the freedom to customize your time ashore so you can discover the most interesting sights in the comfort and privacy of your own vehicle.

    With your private vehicle, and the personal attention of your English-speaking driver, you’ll have the flexibility and independence to design your itinerary ashore according to your own interests, and take in the sights at your own pace. See the famous sights, or go beyond to create your own special and memorable day ashore.


    This excursion will operate by private car. Private cars are ordered per vehicle (not per person) and will accommodate up to two guests. Only one person in the party needs to book the vehicle. The price shown is the total cost for the vehicle and English-speaking driver. Entrance fees for attractions, meals, refreshments and gratuities are not included. In many destinations, the number of vehicles available is extremely limited, so guests are encouraged to secure their private vehicle reservation as early as possible. Tour price includes sightseeing within the region and including London. Please note that this excursion is non-refundable.

    Tour code

    SOU_708

    Features

    • Activity low

      Activity Level: Low

    Duration

    8 hours

  • Royal Windsor Castle

    Enjoy a visit to the magnificent Royal residence of Windsor Castle followed by free time to explore the historic town of Windsor.

    Royal Windsor Castle

    Windsor Castle, the largest and oldest inhabited castle in the world, is one of the official residences of Her Majesty The Queen. The Castle's dramatic site encapsulates 900 years of British history and dates back to the time of William the Conqueror.

    Enjoy an audio tour around the opulent rooms of the Castle including the splendid State Apartments and grand St Georges Hall where the Queen entertains visiting heads of states. The rooms are furnished with some of the finest works of art from the Royal Collection, including paintings by Rembrandt, Reubens and Gainsborough. You will be able to admire the world famous Queen Mary's Dolls' House, which took three years to complete and involved 1,500 craftsmen, artists and authors. The house has electric lighting, hot and cold running water and even flushing lavatories. One of the finest examples of Gothic architecture in England can be found in St George's Chapel. The chapel contains the tombs of ten sovereigns, including Charles I, Henry VIII and his third wife Jane Seymour.

    After visiting the Castle, there will be around one hour of free time to explore the town of Windsor with its Georgian shops, houses and inns.


    Guests who are embarking or disembarking the ship in Southampton should not book a shore excursion for this port.  Southampton excursions are available for guests visiting Southampton as a port call.

    This excursion will operate by coach and on foot. The transfer time to Windsor is 1¾ hours. There is a ½ mile walk from the car park to the Castle entrance and two hours walking within the Castle. If the Royal Family is in residence some of the state rooms will be unavailable. St George’s Chapel is closed on Sundays. Queues may be experienced due to the strict security procedures. Luncheon is not included to allow maximum flexibility. Please remember to carry local currency.

    Tour code

    SOU_001

    Features

    • Activity high

      Activity Level: High

    • Shopping

      Shopping

    Duration

    7 hours

  • Historic Beaulieu

    Enjoy the scenic delights of Beaulieu Estate including the National Motor Museum and Palace House with its beautiful grounds.

    Historic Beaulieu

    Beaulieu is a top visitor attraction located in the heart of the beautiful New Forest. Its highlights including the National Motor Museum, an Ancient Abbey, Palace House and a variety of gardens including a Victorian, kitchen and wilderness garden.

    Within the fascinating National Motor Museum you can see some of the earliest examples of motoring from the 1890s through to iconic favourites such as the `flying` Ford Anglia from the Harry Potter movies, or the last Cadillac Elvis Presley bought for his own use.

    At the Land Speed Record Gallery, you can marvel at world-record breakers such as Campbell’s 1964 jet-powered Bluebird. This exhibition is complimented by ‘The Story of Speed’ with its tales of men who have confronted the boundaries of speed over the decades.

    There will be time to explore the manicured grounds and admire the remains of the lovely 13th century Abbey. One of the buildings now houses a monastic exhibition which illustrates the daily life of the Cistercian Monks.

    Explore inside the grand Palace Manor House, which has been the stately home of the Montagu family since 1538.


    This excursion will operate by coach and on foot. The grounds are spread out over a vast area, however there is a monorail and Veteran Bus which connect the main attractions. There will be approximately 3 hours to explore Beaulieu at your own leisure.

    Tour code

    SOU_039

    Features

    • Activity medium

      Activity Level: Medium

    • Shopping

      Shopping

    Duration

    4½ hours

  • Bombay Sapphire Distillery

    Tour the World famous and unique Bombay Sapphire distillery. Set in beautiful surrounds this tour gives an insight into the production of Gin.

    Bombay Sapphire Distillery

    Departing the pier, you’ll travel to Laverstoke Mill, home of the Bombay Sapphire Distillery for a self-discovery experience.

    Explore the Bombay Sapphire Distillery in your own time. The Self-Discovery Experience showcases the very best of Bombay Sapphire gin and our beautiful, historic distillery. Take in the crystal clear water and beautiful natural surroundings as you walk along the River Test.

    Step back in time to uncover the fascinating history behind Laverstoke Mill in the Heritage Room. Discover the ten exotic botanicals in Bombay Sapphire gin in the Glasshouses and Botanical Dry Room and then join your hosts as they take you behind the scenes of the unique Vapour Infusion distillation process in the Dakin Still House. Immerse yourself in the history of gin and Bombay Sapphire in the Gin Academy and afterwards, your experience culminates in The Mill Bar.

    At the end of the tour you will have time to enjoy a cocktail made by one of the talented bar staff before re-boarding the coach to return to Southampton.


    This excursion will operate by coach and on foot. Guests are advised that Laverstoke Mill is a working distillery so please wear suitable footwear. No open-toed shoes or high heels. You must be 18 to participate on this tour.

    Tour code

    SOU_033

    Features

    • Activity medium

      Activity Level: Medium

    • Refreshments included

      Refreshments included

    • Shopping

      Shopping

    Duration

    4½ hours

  • Southampton Private Car – Full Day with Driver-Gui

    Explore at your own pace with a private vehicle and English-speaking driver-guide at your service.

    Southampton Private Car – Full Day with Driver-Gui

    This exclusive private tour is designed to give you the freedom to customize your time ashore so you can discover the most interesting sights in the comfort and privacy of your own vehicle.

    With your private vehicle, and the personal attention of your English-speaking driver-guide, you’ll have the flexibility and independence to design your itinerary ashore according to your own interests, and take in the sights at your own pace. See the famous sights, or go beyond to create your own special and memorable day ashore.


    This excursion will operate by private car. Private cars are ordered per vehicle (not per person) and will accommodate up to three guests. Only one person in the party needs to book the vehicle. The price shown is the total cost for the vehicle and English-speaking driver-guide. Entrance fees for attractions, meals, refreshments and gratuities are not included. In many destinations, the number of vehicles available is extremely limited, so guests are encouraged to secure their private vehicle reservation as early as possible. Tour price includes sightseeing within the region around the port, but not in London. Please note that this excursion is non-refundable.

    Tour code

    SOU_707

    Features

    • Activity low

      Activity Level: Low

    Duration

    8 hours

  • Southampton Private Car – Half Day with Driver-Gui

    Explore at your own pace with a private vehicle and English-speaking driver-guide at your service.

    Southampton Private Car – Half Day with Driver-Gui

    This exclusive private tour is designed to give you the freedom to customize your time ashore so you can discover the most interesting sights in the comfort and privacy of your own vehicle.

    With your private vehicle, and the personal attention of your English-speaking driver-guide, you’ll have the flexibility and independence to design your itinerary ashore according to your own interests, and take in the sights at your own pace. See the famous sights, or go beyond to create your own special and memorable day ashore.


    This excursion will operate by private car. Private cars are ordered per vehicle (not per person) and will accommodate up to three guests. Only one person in the party needs to book the vehicle. The price shown is the total cost for the vehicle and English-speaking driver-guide. Entrance fees for attractions, meals, refreshments and gratuities are not included. In many destinations, the number of vehicles available is extremely limited, so guests are encouraged to secure their private vehicle reservation as early as possible. Tour price includes sightseeing within the region around the port, but not in London. Please note that this excursion is non-refundable.

    Tour code

    SOU_706

    Features

    • Activity low

      Activity Level: Low

    Duration

    4 hours

  • Royal Windsor Castle

    Enjoy a visit to the magnificent Royal residence of Windsor Castle followed by free time to explore the historic town of Windsor.

    Royal Windsor Castle

    Windsor Castle, the largest and oldest inhabited castle in the world, is one of the official residences of Her Majesty The Queen. The Castle's dramatic site encapsulates 900 years of British history and dates back to the time of William the Conqueror.

    Enjoy an audio tour around the opulent rooms of the Castle including the splendid State Apartments and grand St Georges Hall where the Queen entertains visiting heads of states. The rooms are furnished with some of the finest works of art from the Royal Collection, including paintings by Rembrandt, Reubens and Gainsborough. You will be able to admire the world famous Queen Mary's Dolls' House, which took three years to complete and involved 1,500 craftsmen, artists and authors. The house has electric lighting, hot and cold running water and even flushing lavatories. One of the finest examples of Gothic architecture in England can be found in St George's Chapel. The chapel contains the tombs of ten sovereigns, including Charles I, Henry VIII and his third wife Jane Seymour.

    After visiting the Castle, there will be around one hour of free time to explore the town of Windsor with its Georgian shops, houses and inns.


    This excursion will operate by coach and on foot. The transfer time to Windsor is 1¾ hours. There is a ½ mile walk from the car park to the Castle entrance and two hours walking within the Castle. If the Royal Family is in residence some of the state rooms will be unavailable. St George’s Chapel is closed on Sundays. Queues may be experienced due to the strict security procedures. Luncheon is not included to allow maximum flexibility. Please remember to carry local currency.

    Tour code

    SOU_034

    Features

    • Activity high

      Activity Level: High

    • Shopping

      Shopping

    Duration

    7 hours

  • Cathedral City of Winchester

    Discover the beautiful and historic city of Winchester.

    Cathedral City of Winchester

    The city of Winchester was established by King Egbert as the capital of England in 827. Its rich history is evident in the bronze statues of past heroes, the old cobbled streets and the magnificent cathedral that dominates the city centre.
    Upon arrival, you’ll visit Winchester Cathedral, one of the most remarkable Gothic cathedrals in Europe. Buried in the cathedral are early monarchs of England including King Canute and it is also the resting place of one of England’s greatest novelists, Jane Austen.

    Afterwards, you will have around 1½ hours to explore Winchester independently. The charming city centre offers excellent shopping and a selection of cafés where you may wish to purchase a refreshment. You will also find numerous places of historical interest, particularly the Great Hall, the last of what remains of Winchester Castle. Here hangs King Arthurs Round Table, its true origins of which remain a mystery.

    After your visit to Winchester, you’ll take the return drive back to Southampton.


    This excursion will operate by coach and on foot. The drive to Winchester is around 45 minutes, dependent on local traffic conditions on the day. This tour involves one hour of guided walking at the Cathedral, which is over relatively flat ground with some steps. Walking during free time is at guest’s discretion. There are some cobblestones in the city centre. Flat, comfortable shoes are advised. Appropriate dress for a cathedral visit is required.

    Tour code

    SOU_027

    Features

    • Activity medium

      Activity Level: Medium

    • Shopping

      Shopping

    Duration

    4 hours