With Port of Southampton expecting to facilitate 430 visiting cruise ships next year, it is the busiest cruise port in Europe. It is part of trade and passenger routes to more than 70 destinations abroad. Cruise Critic has also declared it the "Best UK Departure Port" for 2012.
The port is designed mostly to accommodate the embarking and disembarking of passengers since the the quaint port city and its attractions are close enough to it. Whether you are arriving and departing, if you have some time, you will find out why Southampton has made it into the top 20 retail cities in the UK.
There are 4 cruise terminals at Southampton Port serving the different cruise operators and high traffic volumes.
Use postcode SO14 3GG to reach this terminal. Once you reach Southampton, head through Dock Gate 4. Have a seat at the arrivals or passenger lounges if you have time to spare. These lounges have wheelchair facilities, magazines, vending machines and a fully licensed bar.
The Mayflower terminal can be reached with postcode SO15 1HJ. Simply head towards the terminal after entering at Dock Gate 10 or 20. All guests have access to the arrivals lounge, while the passenger lounge is reserved for cruise travellers. There are no public phones in the building.
You can access Ocean Terminal by driving through Dock Gate 4 and using postcode SO14 3QN. It has a viewing gallery for guests as well as a passenger lounge with a bar and wheelchair facilties for travellers.
Using postcode SO15 1BS and driving through Gate 8 or 10, you should be able to reach the Ocean City terminal building. It has an arrivals lounge, a passenger lounge and a viewing gallery. There is also an additional catering facitlity for those in need of a drink or a quick bite to eat.
Passengers with reduced mobility can make use of the terminal buildings' disabled facilities. Southampton Port has special services designed to help disabled passengers have a much smoother visit or pre-cruise experience.