Southampton Sailaway

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Port of Southampton.

Princess Cruises provided a transfer from our London hotel to the cruise terminal in Southampton. Once again, a private driver and car picked us up. It was quite interesting to converse with the driver, an immigrant from Afghanistan, about the current world situation. He had a brother located in New York state and a sister in Germany. His brother operates an Afghan restaurant while he is a professional driver using his own car.

I must note that I found it interesting that highway distances are still indicated in miles in the UK while temperature and other measurements are given in Metric. 

I've always known about Southampton as the arrival and departure port for the great transatlantic ocean liners during much of the 20th century.

Caribbean Princess at Southampton.
The Queen Mary, Queen Elizabeth, S.S. United States and QEII as well as the ill-fated Titanic and Lusitania all sailed from here bound for New York. (Southampton appears to be the only port associated with Titanic that has not memorialized or capitalized on the association.) It does remain an active cruise ship port.

Southampton was a very different city than I had imagined. A domed building I guessed was a sports area turned out to be a power station. Not surprisingly Southampton has a very active cargo port. Newly imported cars line the docks in one area, shipping containers in another. There is also an hourly car ferry service from Southampton to the Isle of Wight operated by Red Funnel. In addition to our Caribbean Princess, three other cruise ships were in port: Royal Caribbean's Navigator of the Seas, Britannia (P&O ) and Braemar (Fred Olsen).

Caribbean Princess sailed at 5:00 p.m. The ship's pop band, The Drop, entertained on deck whilst a pianist played in the main atrium. Leaving Southampton, ships enter Southampton Water, a tidal estuary leading to the Solent and then to the English Channel.

Toonsarah says:
We have a right mix-up of metric and imperial measurements here - for instance, beer is sold in pints but petrol in litres!
Posted on: Oct 05, 2017
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Port of Southampton.
Port of Southampton.
Caribbean Princess at Southampton.
Caribbean Princess at Southampton.
Christ Church, Freemantle (1866).
Christ Church, Freemantle (1866).
Southampton Harbour House (1910).
Southampton Harbour House (1910).
Southampton.
Southampton.
Mayflower Cruise Terminal.
Mayflower Cruise Terminal.
Container ship.
Container ship.
Goods train and newly imported car…
Goods train and newly imported ca…
Red Funnel ferry for the Isle of W…
Red Funnel ferry for the Isle of …
TSS T/T Calshot is a tug tender bu…
TSS T/T Calshot is a tug tender b…
P&O Britannia.
P&O Britannia.
P&O Britannia.
P&O Britannia.
Southampton.
Southampton.
Navigator of the Seas makes for So…
Navigator of the Seas makes for S…
Southampton tug.
Southampton tug.
Marchwood ERF power station.
Marchwood ERF power station.
Netley Castle.
Netley Castle.
The Drop plays at Sailaway.
The Drop plays at Sailaway.
The Drop plays at Sailaway.
The Drop plays at Sailaway.
Pianist in the atrium.
Pianist in the atrium.
Southampton
photo by: monkeymia79