Southampton With MSC Cruises
When choosing which port city to begin your cruise from, there is no shortage of alluring and glamorous embarkation points - Barcelona, Dubai, Havana, Genoa, Miami, the list goes on - but it’s likely that none is as close or convenient as Southampton - the cruise capital of Europe.
MSC began sailing out of the city in 2017 and many UK-based cruisers have been taking advantage of the convenience of heading to England’s south coast and getting their next adventure with MSC Cruises underway.
Here are just a few reasons why sailing from Southampton with MSC Cruises is a good idea...
Sailing From Southampton Is Easy & Convenient
It’s true that the idea of crossing the sea to the likes of Barcelona and Miami has its appeal (we can’t argue that the weather will be probably better), but getting there in a car or by train certainly isn’t a fun thought.
Being able to cruise right out of the UK is unquestionably easier and more convenient than travelling hundreds of miles on land.
Trains out of London Waterloo can get you to the centre of Southampton in well under 90 minutes (77 in some cases), while driving to Southampton from the capital can be easily done in under two hours, as long as the M25 behaves itself.
Sail To Almost Anywhere From Southampton Port
MSC Cruises sails to so many amazing destinations and Southampton can be your portal to virtually anywhere in the world.
From the English south coast, you can spend several nights cruising to Hamburg or Genoa, with multiple port calls on the way. From there, the choice is yours where your adventure goes to next.
Kick-off Your Cruise Holiday With A Taste Of Southampton
Lying less than 80 miles outside of London, Southampton is a historic city in its own right, attracting four million visitors every year.
Around 855,000 people call Southampton home, making it England’s sixth-largest city, and for a place that size, it comes with its fair share of must-see attractions and things to do.
There’s the interactive SeaCity Museum, underlining the city’s connection to the Titanic, which departed from Southampton in 1912, as well as the Southampton City Art Gallery specialising in modern British art and the Solent Sky Museum, focusing on vintage aircraft like the iconic Spitfire.
Barely half a mile out of the city centre is the Tudor House, Southampton’s most important historic building encompassing over 900 years of history on one site. Meanwhile, car fans are sure to love Beaulieu - home to the stunning National Motor Museum and World of Top Gear.
What Can You Do In Southampton?
For something more energetic, there’s the Alpine Snowsports Centre, Go Ape, Ambush Paintball & Laser Tag and Exciting Escapes - rated the ‘most fun thing to do’ in the entire county on TripAdvisor, with over 370 five-star reviews.
Where To Go Shopping In Southampton?
Southampton is big on shopping too, so if you’ve forgotten to pack something essential for your time at sea, or if you just need to indulge in some retail therapy, then there’s the Westquay and Marlands Shopping Centres, West Quay Retail Park and Ikea (who knows, maybe you fancy some meatballs and a flat pack wardrobe ahead of embarkation).