P&O, Cunard and Princess cruise ships leaving the Port of Southampton, including Iona and Regal Princess


Oh, I love being by the sea, and what better time to be there than when an incredible cruise ship leaves port?

Unfortunately for me I don’t live near the Solent but if so you better keep your eyes peeled this week as a number of ships will be leaving Southampton port.

After a hiatus of around 18 months due to the coronavirus pandemic, cruising is slowly becoming a vacation option again for more and more people.

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Over the summer cruise ships cruised around the UK from Southampton and Portsmouth as domestic cruising was slowly allowed to restart.

In July, Southampton MP Royston Smith called for international cruises to be allowed to return to the city as lockdown restrictions eased.

Although international cruises are now allowed, different rules in different countries mean that many companies do not have international cruises scheduled for the next few months.

But that doesn’t mean that some incredible ships aren’t currently leaving Southampton.

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If you want to get a glimpse of these ships, you are in luck because the planned sailing movements are published in advance.

Of course these may be subject to change, but HampshireLive has selected some of the cruise ships that will be leaving over the next few days.


The P&O Britannia cruise ship is scheduled to depart Southampton on Saturday 25 September at 6 p.m.

Maritime movements say it is heading for Cadiz in southwestern Spain.

He will set off on a 14-night trip around the Mediterranean, spend time at sea and stop over in Barcelona and Rome.

Britannia was appointed by Her Majesty The Queen and entered service in March 2015.

It measures 330 m, 143,000 tonnes and has 13 guest decks.

Princess royal

The Regal Princess, which is 50% larger than other ships owned by Princess Cruises, will leave town later this week.

She should leave the port Thursday, September 23, with the “world” given as the destination.

Looking online, it looks like she’s embarking on a seven-day summer cruise around the UK, with stops in Liverpool, Belfast and Scotland.

She will return to Southampton on September 30 when she sets off on a trip to Spain and France.

Undated photo released by P&O of their new cruise ship Iona, the largest cruise ship built for the UK market with 185,000 tonnes, 345 meters in length and 17 passenger decks
An aerial view of Iona, the new cruise ship from P&O


Scheduled to leave Southampton on Saturday, Iona is P&O’s newest cruise ship.

This cruise ship was built in 2020 and can accommodate 5,200 guests, plus 1,800 crew members.

It measures 344 m, 184,700 tons and has a total of 15 guest decks.

The destination given for the trip from Southampton is ‘world’, but it looks like she is on her way to the Mediterranean for an incredible 14 night trip.

The trip appears to be the same as the Britannia trip, with stops in Cadiz, Barcelona and Rome.

queen elizabeth

Arriving in Southampton at 6.30am on Friday 24 September, Queen Elizabeth will leave Southampton at 6pm on the same day.

Maritime movements indicate that the Cunard ship is sailing to the “world” without any named destination.

For much of the summer, Queen Elizabeth toured the UK as part of a tour of the British Isles.

These types of tours often stop in Belfast, Newcastle, Liverpool, Glasgow and Holyhead.

The Queen Elizabeth debuted in 2010, she is 964.5 feet tall and can carry 2,081 guests.

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