P&O and Cunard cruise ships leaving Southampton, including Iona, Aurora and Queen Victoria


Winter is fast approaching, but that doesn’t stop the number of cruise ships entering and leaving Southampton.

One of the best things about life in Hampshire is the stunning ships that come in and out of the county every week.

Luxury cruise ships and huge warships are common sights in Southampton and Portsmouth.

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Recently, the Port of Southampton received the title of “Best Port” at the 2021 Wave Awards.

The awards celebrate the best of the UK cruise industry and recognize excellence and innovation both on board and ashore.

Southampton is the base for many cruise liners including P&O Cruises, Celebrity Cruises, Cunard, Princess Cruises and Royal Caribbean.

Every week cruise liners have luxury ships coming in and out of the port, taking passengers on incredible journeys.

So despite the cold, there is still time to grab a hot drink and head to a viewpoint on the Solent to spot some fabulous cruise ships.

Shipment movements are listed online and provide information about the expected arrival of each vessel. However, these are subject to change.

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Below, HampshireLive has listed some of the ships in Southampton this week and their arrival and departure times.

Queen victoria

Named after the former British monarch, Queen Victoria, the ship is a Vista-class cruise ship also operated by the Cunard Line.

The ship is of the same basic design as the other Vista Class cruise ships, including the Queen Elizabeth.

It is one of the smaller ships in service, but it still has seven restaurants, thirteen bars, three swimming pools, a ballroom and a theater.

Maritime movements currently indicate that she will arrive at the Port of Hampshire on Tuesday 26 October morning at 7.30am, and she is not registered to leave the port during the next week.

Queen mary 2

Cunard’s flagship liner, the Queen Mary 2, is scheduled to depart Southampton this week.

On board is a luxurious spa, exciting entertainment venues and an extensive library.

There are also 15 restaurants and bars, five swimming pools, a casino, a ballroom, a theater, and even a planetarium.

It is 1,132 feet long and can hold 2,691 guests, plus 1,250 crew.

According to maritime movements, it is due to leave the port of Southampton on Tuesday at 6 p.m.


The Aurora is P&O Cruise’s smallest ship – but that doesn’t make it any less impressive.

At the heart of the ship is an artium that spans four decks and includes a 35-foot sculpture designed by artist John Mills

Aurora has a normal operational capacity of 1,874 guests and 850 crew – it is an adult line cruise liner.

It entered service in April 2000, and measures 270 m, weighs 76,152 tonnes and has nine guest decks.

Depending on shipping movements, it will arrive Thursday (September 30) at 7.15 a.m. before leaving later today at 4 p.m.


P&O Cruises’ Iona has 17 passenger decks, creating a capacity of 5,200 vacationers.

It is the largest cruise ship built for the UK market and is expected to be in Hampshire again this week.

The ship is the first British liner to run on liquefied natural gas, which the operator has described as “one of the cleanest fuels in the world”.

Ships of its size are normally powered by diesel engines which emit nitrogen oxides, affecting air quality.

Iona, 345 meters (1,132 feet) long and weighing 185,000 tons, was built at the Meyer Werft shipyard in Papenburg, Germany.

She’ll be arriving and departing just before Halloween on Saturday, October 30 – exact times have yet to be confirmed but will be listed online closer to the time.

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