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  • Fifth cruise terminal for Southampton
    Fifth cruise terminal for Southampton

logo-southamptonABP Port of Southampton has been voted the ‘UK’s number one departure port’ by Cruise Critic UK Editors’ Picks Awards for seven consecutive years. Year-on-year Southampton welcomes some of the world’s largest and newest cruise ships.

It is Southampton’s strategic location on the UK’s south coast, excellent transport infrastructure and over 3,000 hotel beds in the city and surrounding area that ensures Southampton remains the premier venue for cruise lines to showcase their vessels to the UK and European markets.

The port is well located in the city, with superb transport links locally and further afield, making it the ideal place from which to experience the plethora of activities in the South of England. The region boasts a wide variety of fabulous attractions and outdoor pursuits. From a day trip absorbing the hustle and bustle of London, to afternoon tea in the New Forest National Park, or a visit to world-famous Stonehenge, there is something for everyone in the region.

To cater for the growing demand of the cruise passenger trade the port owner and operator, ABP, continues to invest heavily with its customers in state-of-the-art shoreside and marine facilities. Southampton provides five dedicated cruise terminals, two equipped with shore power, that are able to turn around the largest cruise ships afloat smoothly and efficiently. It is the intention of Southampton’s port community that each of the two million guests passing through the port’s modern cruise terminals continue to receive a superior service providing effortless cruise calls and a ‘hassle free’ start and end to a passenger’s holiday.

Rebekah Keeler
Head of Cruise

Top Five Facts About Southampton

  1. Voted the ‘UK’s number one departure port’ by Cruise Critic UK Editors’ Picks Awards for 7 consecutive years.
  2. National Transport Awards ‘Port of the Year’ 2015
  3. Southampton welcomes around two million cruise passengers to the port annually.
  4. Southampton is the home of the Spitfire Aircraft. It was devised by R.J. Mitchell, built and tested in Southampton and it saved the country during the Battle of Britain.
  5. London, the UK’s capital, is less than an hour and half from Southampton.
Port Info
Contacts & Info
Time Zone:


Operational Hours:

24 hours a day , 7 days a week

Latitude & Longitude:

North 50° 54′ 17” West 1° 22′ 1”

Prevailing Weather:

Winds: SW

Berth Information:

Southampton is a deep water, sheltered port with 24/7 access for all passenger vessels. All five cruise terminals are located on deep water berths, dredged to depths that can accommodate the largest cruise ships afloat.

Vessel Length:


Vessel Width:


Air Draft Restrictions:


Vessel Draft:


Depth on Berth:

Ocean Cruise Terminal 10.5m
QEII Cruise Terminal 10.5m
City Cruise Terminal 10.5m
Mayflower Cruise Terminal 11.7m
Horizon Cruise Terminal

Largest ship to call:

Harmony of the Seas 361.8m in 2016

VTS - Channel:

Available 24hrs per day / 365 days per year. Channel 12 for VTS.

Max Ship Dimension:





Two tug companies offer services within the port: Svitzer (5 x Tugs at 40-70t bollard pull) and Itchen Marine (3 x Tugs at 18-32t bollard pull) . All Tug bookings should be made via the local Agent and 24 hours notice is recommended but not a requirement. Tugs can be booked at very short notice.

Security Facilities:

Fully compliant with ISPS regulations.


A variety of port owned conventional gangways are available to use at all terminals. In lengths varying from 30 ft to 65 ft, stepped and ramped.

Ocean Cruise Terminal – 1 Airbridge
QEII Cruise Terminal – 1 Airbridge
City Cruise Terminal – 1 Airbridge
Mayflower Cruise Terminal – 1 Airbridge

Fresh Water:


Power Supply:


Fuel Supply:


Hot works / painting/ lifeboats:

All may only occur with prior approval from Port Authority

Waste Handling:

All waste can be accommodated by barge or landside

Cruise Terminal Building:

Five  dedicated Cruise Terminals offer the below facilities.

Ocean Cruise Terminal
Check in desks: 40
Passenger lounger seating: 1,100
Dedicated baggage hall: Yes
Coach bays: 26
Dedicated drop off lanes: Yes
Short and long stay car Parking: Yes
Secure stores facilities: Yes

QEII Cruise Terminal
Check in desks: 36
Passenger lounger seating: 1,200
Dedicated baggage hall: Yes
Coach bays: 18
Dedicated drop off lanes: Yes
Short and long stay car Parking: Yes
Secure stores facilities: Yes

City Cruise Terminal
Check in desks: 50
Passenger lounger seating: 450
Dedicated baggage hall: Yes
Coach bays: 25
Dedicated drop off lanes: Yes
Short and long stay car Parking: Yes, including 4 dock levellers
Secure stores facilities: Yes

Mayflower Cruise Terminal
Check in desks: 36
Passenger lounger seating: 700
Dedicated baggage hall: Yes
Coach bays: 28
Dedicated drop off lanes: Yes
Short and long stay car Parking: Yes
Secure stores facilities: Yes

Currency Exchange:

Numerous outlets are located in the city

Internet Access:

Wifi is available in City Cruise terminal and free Wifi is available in numerous cafés located close by.


Located in the city


Located in the city

Taxi Rank:

All five Cruise Terminals have dedicated taxi ranks directly outside the terminal building.

Distance to Railway Station:

Southampton Central Station is approx 2 miles from all cruise terminals and approx 6 minutes by taxi.

Distance to Airport:

Four Airports are regularly used by our cruise passengers:

Southampton Airport
6 miles – 15 minute drive

Bournemouth Airport
30 miles – 45 minute drive

Heathrow Airport
68 miles – 1 hr 15 minutes drive

Gatwick Airport
91 miles – 1 hr 45 minutes drive

Banks / ATM Machines:

Located in the city within a 10 minute walk


Café Ceanos have outlets in all Cruise Terminals offering a selection of hot and cold food and beverages. Numerous cafes and bars are located within a 10 minute walk of the Port.

Port Contacts

Rebekah Keeler, Head of Cruise


00 44 (0) 23 8048 8800


Associated British Ports Southampton, Atlantic Way, Southampton SO14 3QN

Berth Enquiries / Reservation:

Rebekah Keeler
Head of Cruise
(0) 23 8048 8800

Additional Port Contact:

Vessel Traffic Services 00 44 (0)23 8060 8208

Tourist Information

For ancillary services such as waste management, agency, stevedoring and towage please contact the port directly for the appropriate details.


(0)23 8048 8870

Experience Southampton