European Travel and the Coronavirus
MSC Preziosa Cruise Photos
Day 5: Southampton, England (UK)
BELOW: MSC Preziosa arrived in Southampton, England at 7 a.m. The ship moored at the, with eyeshot of a massive IKEA store.
According to a map that we were given, MSC cruise ships may be assigned to any of several cruise terminals: City Cruise Terminal, Mayflower Cruise Terminal, 104 Cruise Terminal, Ocean Cruise Terminal, or QEII Terminal. All are reasonably close to the city center.
BELOW: Our trip ashore was delayed by a visit to theon MSC Preziosa.
Durant had developed odd symptoms that may have been caused by an allergy or insect bite in Hamburg, and the doctor served up several prescriptions that made everything okay.
The cost of the doctor visit and prescriptions was surprisingly reasonable, compared to what we'd have been charged in the United States.
BELOW: It was quiet inside the terminal by the time we left the ship around noon.
BELOW: Normally it's a short walk from the City Cruise Terminal to Southampton's business district, but Dock Gate 8 was closed for a boat show during our visit.
We were sent to(which serves both the Cty Cruise Terminal and the Mayflower Cruise Terminal) for a less direct but still manageable walk into town.
Note: The ship offered a shuttle bus for €9,99 (adults) or €7,99 (children), but unless you're infirm, bus transportation between the City Cruise Terminal and downtown Southampton is overkill.
BELOW: As we walked to the city center, we passed a park bench with two bouquets (possibly in honor of Jack James Simmons, whose name was on the bench?).
BELOW: More flowers presented themselves, this time in a window box.
BELOW: We passed the Southampton Central railroad station, where an ATM made an offer that sounded too good to be true.
BELOW: You can stare, but no whistling!
BELOW: When we reached Southampton Centre (the city's business district), one of the first things we saw was an attraction titled Locked in a Room. Silly us--until our visit to Southampton, we'd never heard of an escape venue.
BELOW: Just beyond the escape rooms was a shopping center where, among other items, we could buy Southampton FC football merchandise.or
BELOW: Outside on the high street, a shop titled "Cake Box" tempted passersby with egg or doughnut allergies.
BELOW: Most of the downtown district's retail buildings were nondescript, but a few old structures had been lovingly preserved.
BELOW: The, at the junction of Above Bar Street and High Street, was conveniently located by a Burger King.
BELOW: A block away in a side street, the storefrontwas next to a crafts, stationery, and book shop.
BELOW: "But the e-mails!"
BELOW: As we headed south toward the waterfront, we saw a
utility project with a rather startling warning sign: "Any verbal or physical
abuse towards our workforce will not be tolerated and will be reported to the
BELOW: Farther south in the Old Town Quarter, we discovered a
charming spot: The ruins of
BELOW: A maintenance man used a weed-whacker to trim the grass in the foundations.
BELOW: A plaque on the church ruins honored the Merchant Navy's
contribution to the Falklands War of 1982.
BELOW: Not far from the church, an QE2 crossed from Southampton to New York for the first time in May, 1969 and left Cunard's fleet in November, 2008.)from the QE2's maiden voyage was a gift from Cunard Line and the Dubai Royal Family. (
BELOW: Another pleasant discovery was, where we enjoyed chocolate bars on a park bench.
BELOW: When we reached the end of the High Street, we followed the waterfront to a street that cut inland and past an elementary school that was promoting an environmental theme:
BELOW: A walk up the Southampton Castle.led us past the and
BELOW: We were especially taken with the name "."
BELOW: Across from Southampton's medieval castle, thecelebrated the modern Consumer Era.
In the second photo, you can see how close MSC Preziosa was to the city center--and how quickly we'd have been able to walk into the city if it hadn't been for a boat show.
BELOW: We'd had a good visit to Southampton, but it was time to return to the ship. Our walk took us west, pastand back around to the port.
BELOW: After an early dinner, we went up to Deck 15, where a ship's photographer was taking pictures of Southampton.
BELOW: MSC Preziosa set sail at 8 p.m., passing Southampton's city center and eastern suburbs on its way through the busy Solent to the North Sea.
(The ship in the lower photo is RSSC's Seven Seas Explorer, which was moored in the Maritime Quarter's.)
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