These are Quick Guides that I use for cruise line guests. Copyright 2012 RLD. May not be reproduced without permission.
Cruise Line Does It All – Ship Tour – Cruise line does all the research and planning and you sit back and enjoy. The best way to see the most in a limited time and can be the most cost-effective. Ship does not leave until all ship tours are back.
You Do It All – “Independent.” For people who like to do their own research & planning using travel guidebooks, Internet, etc. You do the work and you are independent. It is your responsibility to get back to the ship on time. [Independent group tours generally are best booked online in advance based on recommendations you trust.]
• Richard’s Port Talks – Live and on cabin TV
• Tourist Information Web site: http://www.visit-southampton.co.uk/, http://www.visitLondon.com, http://www.royalcollection.org.uk/, http://www.londontoolkit.com
• Princess-provided port map & guide delivered to your stateroom
• There are many detained and interactive maps available online. Due to copyright regulations Princess cannot download and provide these but you can access them independently online.
• Although part of the European Union, the UK is not part of the Euro-zone
• Currency is British Pound Sterling and you will need local currency
• Obviously rates change daily: check Internet for current rate.
• Tipping: 10-15%
• Heathrow – 65 miles – Gatwick – 90 miles – both take about 2 hours depending on traffic – Easiest, most convenient & safest way is to use cruise line transfers
• If not, suggest you make advance reservations online – http://www.Londontoolkit.com if you want to be independent
• Hotel locations –There are over 1,250 hotels in London so know where your hotel is located and when you book it download a map.
• Docking at Ocean Terminal
• Both Southampton Railway Station & coach station are ½ mile from Dock Gate 10 – Taxi to Railway Station about 6 pounds
• Taxis are located outside the port entrance
• Town is about 1 mile from pier – 6-10 min by cab – 15-25 minute walk
• Bargate – Constructed around 1100AD as entry through city walls
• West Quay Shopping Center – 90 stores including Marks & Spencer, IKEA, GAP
• Sea Center Museum – “TITANIC: The Legend”, 10am – 5pm, 8.50 GBP
• 80 miles from Southampton to the center of London taking about 2 hours
• Two direct trains an hour to Central London’s Waterloo station taking around 90 minutes
• London “On Your Own” tour gives the best of all worlds – chance to be independent in London, but security and convenience of ship transfer
• Must sees: Westminster Abbey, Buckingham Palace, Tower of London, Tower of London
• Bus Bus Tours http://www.bigbustours.com/eng/london/ & City Sightseeing Hop On Hop Off Bus http://www.city-sightseeing.com/tours/united-kingdom/london.htm – both about 29 GBP
• Windsor Castle is the Queen’s “weekend home” – Largest castle in the world in continuous occupation since 1070
• 20 miles outside London – one of the top tourist attractions in England, 16 GBP
• Changing the Guard takes place at 11:00 daily
2012 – Information provided by local agents and believed to be accurate but not guaranteed.