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CRUISING TO ENGLAND

SOUTHAMPTON


 Southampton is Britain's primary cruise port.

     For most people, Southampton is not the destination.  Rather, it is
a place that travelers come to in order to meet a ship or because they
have just finished their cruise. This often involves arriving a day
before the cruise and staying in Southampton overnight so as to be
able to board early the next day or staying overnight after
disembarkation before traveling onward.


       Increasingly, however, Southampton has become a port of call on
cruises originating elsewhere.  Centrally located in the south of
England, there are numerous places of interest that can be seen on a
day trip from Southampton, some of which are indisputably world
class.


    Southampton has a population of approximately 234,600 people.   
Not surprisingly for a city with two universities, the largest segment of
the population is young people.

  The City lies at the confluence of the River Test and the River
Itchen, which come together to form Southampton Water.  This body of
water flows into the Solent, which separates mainland Britain from
the Isle of Wight.  Thus, a ship coming to Southampton would leave
the English Channel near Portsmouth, sail up the Solent and turn right
at Southampton Water.  It would then sail up to Southampton past
Calshot and the big oil refinery at Fawley to the docks in Southampton.

  As a result of the configuration of these bodies of water,
Southampton has two high tide periods each day.  This makes for a
deep water estuary and that is very attractive to deep draft ocean-
going ships.  Consequently, Southampton is a busy seaport town.  It is
the UK’s second largest container ship port in the UK.  In addition,
roll-on/roll-off ships move some 660,000 vehicles through the port
each year.  There are also facilities for other types of cargo.

  Because of its importance as a seaport, Southampton was bombed
heavily during World War II.  As a result, many historic buildings
were destroyed and today
much of the city is from the post-war period.

 Also, Southampton has become a shopping mecca for the region and
there are large modern shopping malls, particularly in the Western
Docks area.

  Still, Southampton avoids being visually unappealing by devoting
substantial areas to large parks that are well-kept.  In addition, there
are a number of public areas where people can view the water and
activity in the harbour.  Southampton has many ship enthusiasts and
quite a few regularly assemble to watch the cruise ships sail in the
afternoon.

  One should keep in mind that tourism, while important, is not the
primary focus of Southampton .  People go about their daily lives here
working, going to school, shopping etc.  
Left:  The marina in the upscale Ocean Village district.

Below: There is a substantial amount of green space in
the city.
Left:  Southampton is a regional shopping center with many
modern
shops including the West Quay shopping mall.

L
ower left:  Southampton is home to Southampton Solent
University and the University of Southampton.


Below:  It is also a business center.  The headquarters of
Carnival UK is in Southampton.
Southampton is one of Britain's most important ports.  

Above:  Large container ships and other types of cargo
vessels are a common sight in the port.


Below: There is a military supply facility opposite the
city across Southampton water.  As a result, navy ships
are sometimes seen in the harbor, in this case HMS
Ocean.
 
Cruise port - Southampton, England UK - home page
OVERVIEW............................................................................................Page one

BRIEF HISTORY....................................................................................Page two

CRUISE PORT AND GETTING AROUND.................................
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ATTRACTIONS IN SOUTHAMPTON .................................................
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ATTRACTIONS NEAR SOUTHAMPTON ..........................................
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SOUTHAMPTON CRUISE SHIPS PICTORIAL...................................
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marina, Southampton, England
Solent University, Southampton, England
Container ship in Southampton, England
West Quay Mall, Southampton, England
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OVERVIEW
Southampton, England
Above: Southampton from the harbor.

Below: Although much of the city was destroyed during
World War II, large sections of the medieval city walls
survive.
HMS Ocean in Southampton, England
park, Southampton, England
Carnival UK headquarters in Southampton, England
Queen Mary 2 ocean liner in Southampton, England
Above: Queen Mary 2 in Southampton harbor.
city walls, Southampton, England