The most relaxing way to start your cruise holiday. We will take care of your airport arrival transfer, hotel accommodation by the cruise terminal, some fantastic sightseeing options and a transfer to the ship.
Arrival transfer from London Heathrow Airport to your Southampton hotel. Optional upgrades available include a visit to Stonehenge, Salisbury, Windsor or London.
4* Southampton hotel (5 minutes drive from the cruise terminal)
Private sightseeing tours available on day 1 and day 2 (supplement applies)
Transfer hotel to Southampton cruise terminal.
Different durations are available, below is an example of our popular 2 day package. Please use the 'Book this tour' box on the right of the page to select your preferred duration.
Day 1 - Arrival Transfer with optional sightseeing
On arrival into London Heathrow Airport, you will be met by your chauffeur and transferred by executive car to your Southampton hotel. After check in, the remainder of the day is free to explore or relax at your leisure. We also offer pick up from Gatwick Airport (supplement applies).
If you would like to include some sightseeing on your transfer we can offer additional time with your chauffeur/vehicle. Popular options include:
2 hours extra - Include a visit to Stonehenge, Windsor or Salisbury.
4 hours extra - Include any 2 of above in one tour, or a London city tour.
Day 2 - Cruise ship transfer with optional sighsteeing
After a buffet breakfast in your hotel and time to relax you will be transferred directly to Southampton by executive vehicle. Pick up time from the hotel is 13:15pm, and the journey to Southampton cruise terminal is 5 minutes.
Before boarding your cruise ship we can provide a chauffeur and vehicle on day 2. Popular destinations withion a short drive of Southamptn include:
Services of chauffeur & vehicle for 3 hours - Winchester, Salisbury or the New Forest
Services of chauffeur & vehicle for 4 hours - Portsmouth, Stonehenge or Jane Austen tour
Please note sightseeing timings above are inclusive of travel time
With all transfer options we plan to arrive at Southampton cruise terminal by 13:30.
Our experienced team of staff will be available to help you plan any additional sightseeing you would like to include. We will assist with itinerary planning, entrances and timings to ensure you make the most of your short stay in England.
- Where will I meet my driver? Your driver will be waiting for you in the arrivals hall in the airport. All flights are monitored by our staff and the driver will adjust his/her arrival time to your actual flight landing time. You do not have to worry if your flight is delayed en route. After you have collected your luggage you will walk through into the arrivals hall where your driver will be holding an International Friends sign with your name on.
Our drivers plan to enter the arrivals hall 30 minutes after your actual landing time. If you would like to select a later meeting time please let us know in the ‘Additional Comments’ box during the booking process. Our driver will wait for you for 60 minutes after entering the arrivals hall (90 minutes after you land). After this additional waiting charges may be applied if you have not contacted us. On your e-ticket you will find an emergency contact number, if you are delayed in immigration or luggage collection please phone this number.
Your driver will then walk you to the vehicle and transfer you to your hotel. Approximate journey times are London Heathrow to Southampton 75-90 minutes, from London Gatwick 105-120 minutes.
- What happens if we need to delay our pick up due to late or cancelled flight? If your flight is delayed, we will not charge for amending your pick-up time. If your flight is cancelled, you miss your flight or you are delayed getting through the airport you must contact us as soon as possible on the number on your E-Ticket. We will do our best to accommodate a new pick up time. The driver will wait for a maximum of 90 minutes after your flight has landed. If you do not contact in this period the driver will be forced to leave. After this we will not be able to guarantee your transfer. We recommend travel insurance to protect you from unforeseen delays or other factors beyond your control.
- Should we tip our driver? Tips are entirely at the customer’s discretion and in no way expected. Should you feel inclined to tip your driver would be grateful, but you should not feel obliged.
We have two fantastic options for this pre-cruise package. If neither of the below options are available on your date, you can still book this package. Please click here to contact us. We will find alternative accommodation for you, of equivalent or better standard.
4* Leonardo Royal Hotel Southampton Grand Harbour
A classic and luxurious landmark on the Southampton Waterfront, perfect for pre-cruise stays and leisure breaks. The hotel has 173 spacious and stylish bedrooms, a Marco Pierre Steakhouse Bar & Grill, the Hamtun Atrium Bar & Bistro, plus spa and leisure facilities.
4* Jurys Inn Southampton
Sitting in the heart of the city with 270 comfortable rooms and overlooking East Park, the Jury's Inn Southampton has got everything you need for an unforgettable stay. Whether you’re visiting the Old Town Walls, shopping at WestQuay or watching a match at St Mary’s Stadium, Southampton’s biggest and best attractions are within walking distance of this hotel.