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Going on cruise

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Going on cruise

Please advise us which hotel to stay in and long term parking to use while we are on our holiday. We have been told that p&o cruise passengers cant park at the port. We dont know the area and some hotels are offering free parking if we stay in hotel the night before. Thanks

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"We have been told that p&o cruise passengers cant park at the port."

Whoever told you that is wrong - http://www.cruiseparking.co.uk is the approved P&O service provider

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You may find this website helpful

londontoolkit.com/travel/southampton_cruise_…

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Thank you both so much. It seems we have been given the wrong information. You have saved us so much worry. Thank you again.

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Just got a quote from CPS for a 16 day cruise in August - £166. Even Maple Manor are £119 and requires 20 min transfer and reviews about wait for journey are very mixed.

Parking at Heathrow for the same period is £92 up to £121 (for valet parking, both ways - source Purple Parking).

This is second cruise - why is it so expensive to park in Southampton and why aren't there more entrepreneurs offering a better value service? Is it cheaper to park at the airport and get a taxi both ways?

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We have booked into hotel now. Double room night before and 15 nights parking is about £150 so that works out better for us. You have to hand your car keys over at the car parks as it's valet parking but after what I have seen on Watchdog we won't be doing that! You can't keep your keys they said so you can't opt out so to speak.

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PS. Hotel is within walking distance of port so no taxi required. Let me know if you want details

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>> "why aren't there more entrepreneurs offering a better value service? "

The problem is that as a customer how do you tell the difference between an honest entrepreneur and a fly-by-night operator? Comments on the TA forums aren't, unfortunately, always a reliable guide. There is one company offering port parking that has been subject to vitriolic attacks over their Southampton airport parking service and even large companies have problems at times.

The hotel with parking often seems to be the most cost effective option and I would be less concerned with handing keys over to a hotel than to some you can only contact by mobile phone!

Avoiding the parking problem by arriving in Southampton by train or coach is also worth considering.

The roads around the ports are not the most pedestrian friendly, especially with any amount of luggage. You may be able to see your cruise ship on the other side of the fence but actually getting to the terminal to check in might be a bit of a struggle. (There are actually several cruise terminals in the Southampton docks)

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As Mymsman said within walking distance to the port is not very pedestrian friendly especially with luggage. A taxi is by far the easiest way especially if your terminal is not the one you see from your hotel window. Parking is always an emotive question but you are handing over your keys so need to know where your car is going once you leave it. CPS for instance use a secure compound within the docks so your car doesn't travel too far whereas others may park some distance away. With hotel parking I always ask the question so where is my car going once I depart as rarely do they keep the cars on site as the space is limited. No one solution is 100% perfect but if its cheap its cheap for a reason.

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