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Overview

London, the historic capital of England (and the United Kingdom), is not actually a cruise port. However, there are three major cruise ports located within a reasonable driving distance of London. As such, many travelers opt to stay in London before and/or after a cruise departing from Southampton, Dover or Harwich. This is because London is one of the world's most interesting cities, and as such, is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world.

London is a world leader in culture, finance and business. It also has huge influences in the art, fashion and entertainment industries. Not surprisingly, London also has a seemingly endless list of tourist attractions, both modern and ancient.

The warmest month of the year, on average, in London is July. The coldest month, on average, is January. As such, the cruising industry does not typically offer many (if any) cruises departing from any of England's ports during the winter. Cruises are typically available from April through November.

Southampton, located on the southern coast of England, is England's most frequently used cruise terminal. A wide variety of cruise destinations are available on a cruise leaving from Southampton. One of the most frequent of them is a Cunard cruise doing a transatlantic voyage to New York.

Dover, located on the east coast of England, is also a highly used English cruise terminal. In fact, many Northern Europe and Baltic cruises depart from Dover on a wide range of cruise lines (see below).

Harwich, also located on England's east coast, is not as frequently used as a cruise port as Southampton or Dover; however, there are a few departures available from Harwich throughout the year.



Destinations
The following destinations can be visited on a cruise leaving from England:

via Dover
Mediterranean
Northern Europe
Transatlantic Cruises
Western Europe

via Harwich
Mediterranean
Northern Europe
Transatlantic Cruises
Western Europe

via Southampton
Mediterranean
Northern Europe
Transatlantic Cruises
Western Europe
World Cruises



Cruise Lines Departing Here


via Dover
Carnival Cruise Lines
Costa Cruises
Crystal Cruises
Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines
Holland America Line
MSC Cruises
Norwegian Cruise Line
Oceania Cruises
Regent Seven Seas Cruises

via Harwich
Celebrity Cruises
Holland America
MSC Cruises
Royal Caribbean

via Southampton
Celebrity Cruises
Crystal Cruises
Cunard Line
Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines
Norwegian Cruise Line
P&O Cruises
Princess Cruises
Regent Seven Seas Cruises
Royal Caribbean



Currency
The official currency of the United Kingdom is the pound sterling. ATM machines are readily available, but make sure you use one that works with the card you're using. ATM machines will usually give you a better exchange rate than a bank or (especially) a hotel. Using a credit card is a great way to avoid having to exchange currency.


Language
The official language of England is English.


Tourist Attractions
London is filled with luxury hotels and major tourist attractions. Because of this, many travelers that take a cruise leaving from a English port opt to stay in London at least for a couple of days.

The most popular mode of transportation in London is the London Underground, commonly known as The Tube. It is actually the world's oldest underground rail system. It's a really fast (and cheap) way to get around the city, as there are tube stations (seemingly) everywhere.

One of the most popular attractions in London is Buckingham Palace, the official residence of the Queen of the United Kingdom. The Changing of the Guard is a major ceremony that attracts lots of tourists. This event takes place every day during the summer and every other day in the winter, in the front court of the palace. This event signifies the guarding duties being conferred to a new shift of soldiers.

Westminster Abbey is a large, gothic church that is the site of coronation and burial for English monarchs. Tours are available, where you can walk through this beautiful and sacred area to see the coronation area and the tombs and commemoration areas of various monarchs and people of note.

The Tower of London is a historic monument that over time has served as a fortress, a prison, and a royal palace. Since the early 14th century the Tower of London has served as the very well-guarded home of the Crown Jewels of the United Kingdom. Next to the Tower of London, crossing the famous River Thames, is the famous Tower Bridge.

The West End is London's most popular shopping and entertainment area. Within this area of the city is Covent Garden and Piccadilly Circus. Covent Garden is a lively area filled with street performers (including various comedians and magicians), pubs, indoor and outdoor dining areas, and many shopping venues. Piccadilly Circus is a famous public space in the heart of the West End that is close to shopping and entertainment areas.

The Palace of Westminster, also known as the Houses of Parliament, is the home of the Clock Tower (also known as Big Ben). The Clock Tower is one of London's most popular, and well known, tourist attractions.

Southampton, the largest city in the southern coast of England, is usually just a embarkation/debarkation port for cruisers. This city is well known for being the home of the Titanic, and for having the second longest medieval walls in England. There are also a few museums in the area, including the Tudor House.

Dover is typically used by cruisers as simply a place to get on and off of a cruise ship; however, there are a few things to see there if you choose. For instance, there is Dover Castle, which is actually a major tourist attraction, and there are also the beautiful white cliffs of Dover.

There are not really any significant tourist attractions in Harwich. Many cruisers spend time in London before a cruise departing from Harwich. However, there are a few people that travel to the nearby cities of Ipswich and Colchester, as they offer more tourist attractions than Harwich and are a change of pace from London.


Port Location

Port of Dover
Dover's cruise port is about a mile from the town center. There is usually a shuttle bus available between the port and the town. Dover is slightly over 70 miles east of London, about a 2 hour drive.

Port of Harwich
There is not much around the port for tourists. Harwich is about 70 miles from London, and each of the major airports (Harwich and Gatwick) are over 2 hours away. It's quite advisable to purchase the cruise line transfers for transport between the airport and cruise port.

Port of Southampton
It's about a 5 minute drive from the port to the rail station, which is pretty close to the city center. The driving distance between London and Southampton is about 2 1/2 hours. The most recommended mode of transportation between the two would be the cruise line transfers, as private transfers can cost you much more.
 
The Clock Tower
The Clock Tower (aka Big Ben) and the Houses of Parliament
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Buckingham Palace
Buckingham Palace
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The London Eye
The London Eye
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London Skyline
The City of London's Skyline
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Tower Bridge
Tower Bridge and the River Thames
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Piccadilly Circus
Piccadilly Circus at Night
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The London Underground
The London Underground
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Tower of London
The Tower of London
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Westminster Abbey
Westminster Abbey
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The River Thames
The River Thames
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Regent Street
Regent Street, a popular shopping area in London
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White Cliffs of Dover
The White Cliffs of Dover
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Titanic Memorial
A Memorial to the Engineers of the Titanic, in Southampton



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