Port of Southampton, UK

Port of Southampton, UK


I flew from home to London (Heathrow) and took a coach to Southampton on May 9—spending two nights in a Hilton, and then via taxi to Southampton Port where I boarded the Queen Elizabeth ship on May 11. Departing from Southampton we went the following route:


Date (2015) Destination Description
May 11 Southampton Embark
May 12 At Sea
May 13 Oslo Arrive Morning, Depart, Afternoon
May 14 Copenhagen Arrive Morning, Depart Afternoon
May 15 At Sea
May 16 Stockholm; planned but diverted to Tallinn, Estonia instead Arrived Evening, overnight in port
May 17 Tallinn Depart Afternoon
May 18 St Petersburg Arrive Early Morning, Overnight, Embark
May 19 St Petersburg Depart Early Evening
May 20 At Sea
May 21 Warnemünde Arrive Morning, Depart Afternoon
May 22 At Sea
May 23 Kirkwall Arrive Morning,Depart Afternoon
May 24 At Sea
May 25 Liverpool Arrive Morning, Depart Evening
May 26 At Sea
May 27 Southampton Disembark

The Port of Southampton is a passenger and cargo port located in the central part of the south coast of England. The modern era in the history of the Port of Southampton began when the first dock was inaugurated in 1843. The port has been owned and operated by Associated British Ports since 1982, and is the busiest cruise terminal and second largest container port in the UK.

The port is located ten miles inland, between the confluence of the rivers Test and Itchen and the head of the mile-wide drowned valley known as Southampton Water. The mouth of the inlet is protected from the effects of foul weather by the mass of the Isle of Wight, which gives the port a sheltered location. Additional advantages include a densely populated hinterland and close proximity to London, and excellent rail and road links to the rest of Britain which bypass the congestion of London.

The average tidal range is approximately 5 feet, with 17 hours per day of rising water thanks to the port’s “double tides”. These allow the largest container and cruise ships access to the port for up to 80 per cent of the time. The effect is a result of tidal flow through the English Channel: high tide at one end of the Channel (Dover) occurs at the same time as low tide at the other end (Land’s End). Points near the center have one high water as the tidal swell goes from left to right, another as it then goes from right to left. Neither is as high as the one at each end.

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