Discover the history of England’s busiest port
As one of the most important maritime centres, it should come as no surprise that some of the most influential cruise ships have been built in the ports of Southampton. From the warships during the Hundred Years' War in the 14th and 15th centuries built in the city’s yards, to the light cruisers that were serviced in World War I and II, it is now the busiest cruise terminal in the UK. So, whether you’re boarding one of Azamara’s cruises from Southampton or are arriving in on one of our luxury cruises, the history of the city is there for you to discover.
With the first docking taking place almost 2000 years ago, the history of the port is vast and varied. Not only an important destination for passenger cruise liners, but it has also been used as a cargo port, with its history traced back to the Roman occupation of the country. Southampton dock was officially declared open in 1843, just seven years after the Southampton Dock Co. was incorporated by the Act of Parliament. However, many prominent events took place before this, including the departure of the Pilgrim Fathers on the Mayflower in 1620.
Southampton has established itself as one of the most prominent locations for cruises and transatlantic crossings in the world. Some of the most well-known cruise journeys have left from its docks, including the ill-fated RMS Titanic, which departed from the port in 1912 to become one of the deadliest maritime disasters in history.
PONDER STONEHENGE OR RELAX IN THE BATH HOT SPRINGS DURING YOUR EUROPEAN VOYAGE
Southampton is a wonderful place to board a cruise departing from the UK. However, a host of Azamara cruise ships arrive into the docks, allowing you to explore what England has to offer! With the charms of London not too far away, Southampton is a fantastic place to start your holiday. Plus, with the wonders of the south on your doorstep, you’ll have no shortage of sights waiting for you to discover.
The city of Bath, with its natural hot springs and stunning architecture, is an exceptional example of a Roman city, and the mysterious megaliths of Stonehenge in Wiltshire are one of the best-known prehistoric monuments in Europe. Of course, there is so much more of the country to experience, with the undulating hills, wild moorlands and pirate haunts of Cornwall waiting for you to uncover as well as a plethora of charming villages scattered across the lush landscape of Devon and Dorset.Download An Explorer Guide +