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Good evening all,

 

Thinking about doing a TA in the future departing from Southampton, UK.  For any cruisers that have flown in to do this in the past, a couple of quick questions.

 

Did you fly into London or Southampton?

 

If London, how did you get to the port? (Train/Transfer/etc)

 

Did you stay a couple nights prior to departure and if so, any recommendations? (For either London or Southampton)

 

Thanks in advance!

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We   did opposite  direction  but 

Fly into LHR or Gatwick  

Not many international flights to SOU 😉

 We used  a car service  from Hotel in Southampton to LHR  but  if you are coming in  a day or so early you could take  the National express bus  from LHR to  Southampton bus terminal  then a taxi to the hotel or walk depending on the location

If staying in London prior  there is  a train from Central London to Southampton  & again the National Express bus

  We stayed  at Mercure Dolphin in Southampton

https://all.accor.com/hotel/7876/index.en.shtml?utm_campaign=seo+maps&utm_medium=seo+maps&utm_source=google+Maps

We stayed in the  units out back  of the main hotel which were  very nice 

We stayed in the  Adonia  suite

Adonia unit  last one  bottom floor

Good location within walking distance  to restaurants  & the mall 

 You could also ask on the British Isles forum under the ports of Call for other  recommendations

 We loved Southampton  & spent 3 days  there  would love to return to  maybe  go to Portsmouth or  surrounding  towns

 Enjoy

 

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Thank you for the information.  We're debating flying in a week early and spending time in both London and Southampton.  There are so many places we would like to visit we may just have to do it a couple of times. 🙂 

 

Not sure what airfare will be like next year but if we went this year, it's currently only around $200 USD per person one way. 

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16 minutes ago, badvector said:

Thank you for the information.  We're debating flying in a week early and spending time in both London and Southampton.  There are so many places we would like to visit we may just have to do it a couple of times. 🙂 

 

Not sure what airfare will be like next year but if we went this year, it's currently only around $200 USD per person one way. 

$200 ??

I would  grab it  LOL

I use  this  site  to check  routings & pricing  then book with the airline

https://matrix.itasoftware.com/ 

use the multi city tab

 

You have plenty of time to plan  if  doing it next year

If you have the time   then spend  several days in each city  allow  for  the jet lag on arrival day

Enjoy

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On 4/25/2020 at 4:39 PM, badvector said:

Good evening all,

 

Thinking about doing a TA in the future departing from Southampton, UK.  For any cruisers that have flown in to do this in the past, a couple of quick questions.

 

Did you fly into London or Southampton?

 

If London, how did you get to the port? (Train/Transfer/etc)

 

Did you stay a couple nights prior to departure and if so, any recommendations? (For either London or Southampton)

 

Thanks in advance!

 

Sailed from Southampton many times, but have never flown in and headed directly to the port. However, as per previous post you have multiple limo options and the National Express Bus. LHR does not have direct train service to Southampton.

 

We usually stay in London a few days, staying in the vicinity of Waterloo Station, which is the departure station for Southampton. Have stayed at the Travelodge Waterloo, which is a couple of hundred yards from the Train & Tube Station. In Southampton, we normally use the Novotel, which is again a few hundred yards from Southampton Central Station.

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Gatwick would be the closest major airport.  Easy connection to Southampton via the National Express bus service.  There is a NE terminal inside the airport.  The NE is a very enjoyable bus ride...excellent service.  Then a short taxi ride at Southampton to the ship or hotel.  
 

Why would you want to stay in Southampton when there are so many interesting places to stay?  You can stay in London and take the train to Southampton...less than 2 hours by rail from Waterloo.  If you want to avoid the insanity of London you can stay on the South coast.  We always spend a few days to unwind before sailing.  We love staying in Brighton...wonderful hotels and lots to see and do...great fish and chips.  The Southern Rail connects with all the major cities and towns along the coast and offers great service to Southampton.  Less than 2 hours from Brighton to Southampton.  Then a short taxi ride to the ship.  
 

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Some may like Southampton  after London or in lieu of the busy city

We enjoyed  it 

You can catch the train to Portsmouth/ Winchester or Isle  of Wight 

different strokes 😉

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Thanks everyone for all of the info so far.  LHT28 pretty much nailed it.  We would like to visit the busy city for a couple of days but would like to get back in the relaxed mode prior to jumping on a ship.  Personally, I've always been a fan of finding local restaurants, artists and musicians that are hidden in smaller communities that rival what's found in larger cities.  

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17 hours ago, badvector said:

Thanks everyone for all of the info so far.  LHT28 pretty much nailed it.  We would like to visit the busy city for a couple of days but would like to get back in the relaxed mode prior to jumping on a ship.  Personally, I've always been a fan of finding local restaurants, artists and musicians that are hidden in smaller communities that rival what's found in larger cities.  

In Southampton you can be busy or laid back

 We liked the location near the High St for restaurants  pubs  where you interact with the locals

Do some research on the areas  & see what works for you

I would love to spend more time  there

Enjoy

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We were supposed to come home TA July 24th. Sailing was canx.  We opted for the 125% credit rather than a refund and this will be next year's trip.  But we opted for Cunard's air.  Had we been able to go this year, their cost was $161.  JFK/London.  For any of the T/A's we've on repo sailings, we've NEVER been able to get a price better than what the cruise line offered.

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