Southampton to London Cruise Bus Tour Transfer Service 2013
Author: Bob Handford
Bob was heavily informed in getting the cruise bus service started and is very familiar with it .
Every so often I ride along, so you never know we may meet
In summary, the aim of the Southampton Cruise Bus is to make available a stress free, dependable, door to door option from your Southampton Cruise Ship to your hotel in London or Heathrow Airport passenger terminal or hotel. We think its a shame to head straight down the freeway only to hang around in London waiting to check into your hotel, when there is so much to see along the way.
We therefore offer three different tour transfers of different lengths that will get you into Heathrow and London at different times of the day.
We’ll give you a professional tour in a luxury bus seeing world class sights with drops at your hotel, often much cheaper than your cruise line will offer for a 2 hour transfer to the airport.
The three tour transfers
1) A one hour stop at Stonehenge only arriving London lunch time
2) Visiting Salisbury, Stonehenge and Windsor arriving late afternoon
3) Visiting Stonehenge, Bath and Windsor arriving early evening
Demand for the cruise bus service is driven by travellers from North America, probably about 90% of passengers are from Canada or USA.
Demand for the service is highly variable from cruise to cruise. When we make a date available we guarantee to run the service. Normally the service is popular and on some dates in 2012 it required 4 large buses to meet demand on a single date in one direction. On a handful of occassions we have run the service with just 2 passengers.
The standard bus we use is a full size 50 seat touring bus. Cruise passengers tend to not travel light and we don’t want to hassle you with strict baggage limits. We put a passenger ceiling of 32 of 34 passengers so there is enough room in the luggage hold and plenty of room in the bus.
With regards luggage, we assume you are bringing no more than 2 large cases per person, contact us if you are. Small hand laggage, handbags, lap tops that kind of thing can be brought into the passenger cabin.
Outsize items, electric mobility scooters and such like contact us before you book.
At Southampton all cruises dock about 5 a.m. to 6:30 a.m. with assisted disembarkation starting at 7 a.m. Most cruises are totally disembarked by 9 a.m.
We ask you to go to the customer services desk on board and say you are meeting a tour bus due to depart at 8 a.m.
This normally means you get assisted disembarkation about 7:15 a.m. to 7:30 a.m. giving you time to go through customs with your luggage.
The guide or port authority personnel will greet you as you exit customs and you will be directed to your bus in one of the coach bays by the terminal.
In 2012, most buses departed by 8:15 a.m.
Once you have loaded your luggage into the hold the next time you will see it will be when you arrive at your hotel or airport terminal.
We will drop you at any hotel that has access for a large bus in Central London’s main hotel districts or any mainstream Heathrow Airport hotel (one that is serviced by Heathrow Hoppa transfer buses) or passenger terminal.
I’m only to happy to discuss with you hotels in London and Heathrow so you make the right choice – use the facility at the bottom of this page.
The three tours will have professional guides, the same guides that do the day tours from London who will keep you entertained and informed.
Again, Bob knows the places visited like the back of his hand so if you want to know anything just ask about the places visited.
If you want to use this service its a good idea to book early.
We start by filling one bus. If a bus is filled we normally add another if booking patterns suggest we will get enough passengers to make it viable.
The caveat is that in the peak months, buses and guides of the quality we need may not be available at short notice and we cannot get a bus to put on.
The tour detail pages are at the links below.
Southampton to London via Stonehenge Cruise Bus – Details
Southampton to London via Salisbury, Stonehenge & Windsor Cruise Bus – Details
Southampton to London via Stonehenge, Bath & Windsor Cruise Bus – Details
You order on-line with the major credit cards. The price includes all taxes.
The credit or debit card is charged in UK pounds, your issuer will perform the foreign exchange.
We do not make any extra charges ourselves at this end, your card issuer may have charges of their own, there is a wide variance with credit card companies.
You will receive a confirmation immediately the card is processed by e-mail.
The purpose of this posting though is to make sure you make an informed decision on the service being offered.
I’ve put together a short video (below) on my last journey on the bus and if you have further questions just ask them on the comments facility below. Normally I’ll get back to you within 24 hours.
The most frequent question is about hotel drops both in Central London and at Heathrow, but I’ll answer anything you throw at me.
Southampton To London Cruise Bus Tour Detail Pages