Southampton or Dover pre-cruise hotel, transfer & sights packages

A choice of hotels, transfers and sightseeing in London

Southampton - London cruise ship packages

Start your cruise holiday in style with a short city package break in London prior to your cruise departing from Southampton or Dover. With this great value package you can spend as many days as you like in the capital exploring its amazing history and sights and then take in the shows in the evenings.

You'll also be picked up from your hotel and taken to your cruise ship on your transfer day. A perfect way to start your cruise holiday.

London based package includes:

  • Flexible length of hotel stay at a choice of 4- or 5-star London city centre hotels.
  • Optional Extra - A full day London guided sightseeing tour including entry to Tower of London, St. Paul’s Cathedral and a River Thames cruise as well as Changing of the Guard at Buckingham Palace.
  • Free access to 'London in your pocket' app.
  • Transfers to your Southampton or Dover cruise ship arriving early afternoon with choice of either a Stonehenge, Windsor Castle or Winchester Cathedral visit for Southampton departures. For Dover departures you can visit Leeds Castle on the way to the cruise terminal.



A perfect way to start your cruise departing from Southampton or Dover with a short break in England's capital city, London.

This is a stress free, simple package that combines all the basics you need before you board your Southampton or Dover cruise ship. A London hotel, cruise day transfers and an optional extra  London sightseeing tour covering world famous attractions on your first day. It is up to you how long you stay in London - this showcases just how flexible the package is.

Your choice of London hotel

We have a great range of 4- and 5-star London City centre hotels in a wide variety of locations available on this pre Southampton or Dover cruise hotel package.

Amba Charing Cross Hotel
Amba Charing Cross Hotel
geographically the most central hotel in London

London has no tight downtown area in the North American sense, all the sights and destinations are spread out. A London highlights tour is an optional extra you can take on your first full day.

All the hotels are close to an Underground Station to get out and about in the evenings and any further days you are in London. We have a dedicated section of the web site addressing how to use the London Underground and the fares system. We also cover London's popular Hop-on, Hop-off sightseeing buses.

We source well located and high quality hotels with the best current offers available in London. All are listed and detailed on the tour details and reservations page linked from the reservations banner further below.

Optional extra - Day tour of London

On your second day (first full day in London) a guided tour can be added, covering all the main sights of London. You'll visit world famous St.Paul's Cathedral, an architectural triumph and wedding venue of Prince Charles and Lady Diana Spencer.

Tower of London
Tower of London

We then follow the Thames through the heart of London to the Houses of Parliament, Westminster Abbey and Big Ben for a photo stop. We continue to the Queen's official London residence, Buckingham Palace to enjoy the pomp and ceremony of the changing of the Royal Guards (subject to operating dates).

After lunch, entry is included to The Tower of London. Here you will learn real life tales of torture, execution, Royal prisoners, and life in a former Royal Palace, before having a chance to admire and marvel at the Crown Jewels.

Your sightseeing tour ends with a guided boat cruise on the River Thames, where you will enjoy a commentary and excellent views of The Shard, Shakespeare's Globe and the Houses of Parliament. Your tour ends in Westminster, in the shadow of the London Eye and Parliament, a great location to continue exploring or return to your hotel.


Your cruise ship transfer to Southampton or Dover

On the day of your cruise you will be transferred to Southampton or Dover and your cruise ship either on a private transfer or shared transfer after breakfast.

You have the option of which sights to see on the way. For Southampton, you can choose to transfer via Stonehenge, via Windsor or via Winchester Cathedral (group or private tour transfer). For Dover you can choose to transfer via Leeds Castle.

Whichever cruise transfer option you go for, the scheduled arrival time at the cruise terminals is 13:30 to 14:00. At Southampton or Dover, the ship's porters take your luggage directly from the transfer vehicle to your cabin while you walk to the check-in desk.

Reservations, payment & full details

Cruise breaks have a 10% cancellation fee up until 28 days before arrival. For cancellations within 28 days of arrival, the cancellation fee is the total price of the reservation.

Payment is by credit card on a secure on-line system in British Pounds, US Dollars or Euro. All taxes, parking charges etc. are included. Tips are not included in the price.

The price for each package largely reflects the hotel you select and how many nights you choose to stay in London. The hotels offered are high quality and in excellent locations for exploring London. Full details of each hotel option available for your dates are on the tour detail and reservation pages linked through the banner below. You can choose to add on optional extras like the London day tour at the time of booking or decide to explore London on your own. The choice is yours.

Once in the booking page, select the hotel you like and dates of stay and you'll be taken through the booking process including preferred transfer.


Southampton break transfers

Overnight break for 2 people sharing room
• Cruise ship transfers included
• Choice of hotels and length of stay - 1-14 nights
• Optional Highlights of London day tour


Post-cruise London package includes:

  • Shared cruise ship transfer tour from Southampton or Dover to London hotel. For Southampton you can transfer via Bath and Windsor or via Salisbury, Stonehenge and Windsor. For Dover you can choose to transfer via Canterbury.
  • Flexible length of hotel stay at a choice of 4- or 5-star London city centre hotels.
  • Option to add-on a fully guided London sightseeing tour with entry to Tower of London, St.Paul's Cathedral and River Thames cruise
  • Free 'London in your pocket' app

Flexible booking

Secure payment in British Pounds, US Dollars or Euro.

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