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Old April 30th, 2008, 01:34 PM
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We are trying to plan a cruise next June. The cost of rooms in London (they tell me I need 2 rooms for 3 people) will be $2,000.00 for 2 nights. I think this is ridiculous. I asked my travel agent if we could stay in Southampton rather than London, and for some reason she tells me I don't want to do that, that I would rather stay in London. Is there something wrong with Southampton? Is it safe? Thanks for any help you can give. I just don't understand why she keeps mentioning London.
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Old April 30th, 2008, 01:40 PM
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What a laugh. There is nothing wrong with Southampton. It is not pretty, but so what. The South of England generally is quite safe, no guarantees of course. They are revitalizing the city center, shopping at West Quay is near the cruise ships I think. There shoulsdbe a good rail link to London. I expect a fast train to london would take about 1.5 or 1.45 hours. The New Forest is close by (within 25 miles) and very pretty. I know persons who have worked in Southampton for years and have never had a safety problem.
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Old April 30th, 2008, 01:42 PM
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She's only thinking of the commission.
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Someone is pulling your leg - no way do you need 2 rooms or have to pay $2000





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Old April 30th, 2008, 02:59 PM
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Southampton is a safe city - although London does have more to offer for visitors and tourists.

If you do want to see London, you can find a fairly good hotel in London for around £100 to £150 per room, per night (Approx $200 to $300).
Not sure what your TA is quoting you for - but their prices seem rediculous!
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Find your own hotel online, you don't need a TA to do that for you and don't use the cruise lines "add on" preferred hotel.
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The cost of rooms in London (they tell me I need 2 rooms for 3 people) will be $2,000.00 for 2 nights. I think this is ridiculous.
You can certainly spend that much on hotels in London if you try. But with a small amount of effort, you can get decent rooms at much lower rates than that.
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We are staying this August one night precruise in Southampton at the Hilton using Hilton points so it free!!!!! regardless, you can find plenty of great rates in Southampton and there is so much to do there once you start researching. I recommend you use Tripadvisor.com to do some research on different lodgings including B&B's in the area. It's so easy to get around from the airports to Southampton via train. We are renting a car though, we are planning on taking the day we arrive to tour the countryside. We will also have most of the day we sail to do something as well. One option is to take the ferry over to the Isle of Wight, seems like a great place for a day trip.

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We are staying at the Etap Hotel which is next to the Ibis. It is quite basic but brand new. The rate is 32 GBPs per night for 2 plus if you want breakfast, 2.95 GBPs extra per person.

There are lots of restaurants in the area and if the weather is nice, we will likely go to the Isle of Wight for the day via ferry and if not nice, take the train to Canterbury.

We are there for 2 nights prior to our cruise.

We are staying at the Copthorne Hotel our last night which is near Gatwick as we have an early flight. I think it is about 87 GBPs per night for 2 but it is a nice hotel.

Someone is telling you a fib and yes, they do get a commission, your travel agent, if they book hotels for you and the more the rate, the higher the commission.

You can do a search and book with the hotels direct. Google is very good for that. Just key in the town and hotels and you will be able to check out many of them.

I don't think the etap hotel can have 3 in the room but they might have larger rooms which would be a bit more of course.
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Southampton is a port city with plenty to do, but it isn't London. If you are traveling over and want to see the sights, then that is why your TA is leading you towards London. If that is not what you want, then Southampton will be fine.
We are cruising out of Soton next June and are staying in a triple room at the Jurys Inn for £79 ie well under $200 per night That doesn't include breakfast but there are loads of places to do that, including the hotel itself
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See several of the other Southampton threads for ideas on what to see and do in the area and then decide whether to stay in London or come on down (I live in and recc. Winchester!).
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Pondhopper, we are planning on stopping in Winchester on our way to Southampton. Any insider tips on your city for us? Of course we are planning on seeing the cathedral, what else do you recommend?
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We are trying to plan a cruise next June. The cost of rooms in London (they tell me I need 2 rooms for 3 people) will be $2,000.00 for 2 nights. I think this is ridiculous. I
It is ridiculous
The Holiday Inn Kensington is very comfortable with duplex rooms. A master bedroom upstairs reached via a spiral staircase and a sitting room where others can sleep downstairs. You'll typically pay about $350 a night for this.
Its a solid mid market choice indicative of how much you have been misled.
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We stayed at Imperial College near Hyde Park in a room that students use during the school year but is open for tourists during summer. I don't know when school is out. Go online to www.otel.com and try "other accomodations" or try tripadvisor.com for suggestions in London. We paid less than $100/night. I would never recommend going through an agent. They earn money by selling certain hotels. These boards will help you most.
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Thank you all for the very useful information. Once we have made out decision, I will let you know. But the TA told me that these prices were quoted to her from the cruise line. She said she could do better on her own in London than using the hotels of the cruise line.
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Winchester? Cathedral(Crypt and Tower Tour if you can climb), King Arthur's Round table, St Cross Hospital (and be sure to get the Wayfarer's Dole) Military Museums, Wolvesy Castle Ruins, St Catherine's hill for vistas (if you can climb VERY steep hills), Butter Cross, Winchester College, great pubs (Wykeham Arms is WONDERFUL), Beautiful river walks (flat and easy), City Mill, etc. It depends on what it is you like to see/do.
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Check out Travelodge. It's a UK hotel chain. I just booked two rooms in downtown London at Southwark for $100 each per night. It is a brand new hotel. Opening on May 9th. I just hope the opening is not delayed.

Go to Travelodge website and click on "Super Saver". Find a location and schedule will come up showing "low fares" kinda like an airline.

I definitely recommend going to Trip Advisor to check out the place first. Travelodge is a budget hotel sorta on the order of a Motel 6. Some locations you may not want to chance. I rely quite a bit on Trip Advisor. If 90% of the people don't like it, I don't book it.

They have family rooms that allow up to a maximum of 4 people.
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we are a family of 3 (2 adults, 1 kid age 11) -- staying in 1 room at the Victoria Park Plaza -- even got a AAA rate. close to train and tube stations and not exhorborate rates for london in the summer.
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Pondhopper, thanks for the recommendations! I also received brochures from Winchester in the mail yesterday, what a nice looking city to spend the day! I can't wait
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Red face ? for mycruz OR anyone familiar with Heathrow

My husband & I are on the 7/2 QE2 sailing. We're worried about renting a car - since the British drive on the other side of the road. :-)

We would be all right on regular roads. It's getting out of Heathrow that bothers us. Let us know how bad it is.

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