Posted March 13th, 2018, 06:40 PM
Come back with differents questions : at first, I just planned to spend a leisurely day in Southampton (Tudor house, Jane Austen walking tour) but, after reading some posts, I need new advices :
- The ship will be docked on QE2 terminal on a sunday morning : is there any chance I could find a taxi just to go to the city center, knowing that a lot of people will disembark/embark the same day and probably book taxis for longer trips?
- Somebody told me that it's not pleasant, (and even a bit dangerous because of trucks and trains!) to walk from QE2 terminal : is it less busy on Sunday?
- The cruiseline is finally organizing an excursion to Stonehenge-Salisbury for those not disembarking : do you think it would be a good idea to change my plans and take this excursion?
I know my questions are silly, but I'm worrying a little about the pier being uneven to walk and far from the city center.
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Although walking from QE11 terminal isn't recommended it's only a five minute £6 to £8 taxi ride from the cruise terminal to the city centre.
Ships load & sail 7 day a week, but I don't know if there are less on a sunday.
As I said in my post, take a taxi from the ship & see the lie of the land - then you can decide whether you are happy to walk back to the ship or hail a taxi to take you back.
Don't let a £6 taxi fare dictate what you do that day.
Yes, there will be taxis at the cruise terminal, and they're strictly regulated - they won't refuse you because they want longer trips
Taxis that can be hailed in the street or at taxi stands (including cruise terminals) are called hackneys
(the word is taken from the French "hacquenée"- an ambling horse) are obliged to accept any journey within the city
. They have to use their taximeters & they're more expensive than private-hire
taxis, but private-hire taxis have to be pre-booked.
The cost difference is small for a short drive to the city centre, but it's a big difference for a long trip - to London airports for instance - so those wanting to go a long distance pre-book a fixed-price private-hire taxi. When folk on Cruise Critic talk about booking a private transfer they're actually talking about booking a private-hire taxi.
All of the taxis available to hire at the cruise terminal are hackney cabs, and they're white. They are almost always used for going to a Southampton hotel, Southampton rail station, Southampton bus station etc. .
If you want a taxi to go further such as Portsmouth or Salisbury or Stonehenge, then you should pre-book a private-hire taxi. Or take a bus or a train.
Do bear in mind that Tudor House doesn't open til 10am. And on sundays major stores don't open til 10am or later, & pubs don't open til noon.
You must make up your own mind about ship's excursion to Salisbury & Stonehenge.
I rate ships' excursions as poor value but it would be very simple. Bus picks you up at the ship & returns you to the ship. And tickets for Stonehenge are block-booked, no need for you to pre-book admission or to figure out what arrival time to pre-book. Being a sunday, hopefully the organisers will be careful to get you to Salisbury cathedral at a time when it's open to the public - of course there are no tours when there's a church service.
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