04/18/2014 - 04/18/2014 55 °F
Our final cruise: “Through the Pillars of Hercules”. Goodbye and Godspeed to our fellow world cruise travelers. It was an amazing journey! The “turn-around” port is Southampton, England. We packed and changed staterooms this morning because the ship is fully booked for the start of this next cruise.
Southampton has been a commercial seaport for centuries and our ship was docked near the medieval walls of the city.
Early bread delivery at the 15th century Tudor House and Gardens Museum
Blue Anchor Lane – the route to the port for early merchants
The Titanic sailed from Southampton – this pub has Titanic memorabilia on all the walls.
St. Michael’s Church, built in 1070, it is the oldest building in the Old Town.
The early mayor of Southampton (1295-1336)
The Bargate, built by the Normans in 1180, was the main point of entry from the north.
Back to modern times – a quick stop in the Pound Store for toothpaste and batteries
A picture around every corner
The ruins of Holyrood Church, built in 1320 but extensively damaged by bombs in 1940, has been preserved as a memorial to those lost at sea.
A fresh memorial wreath at the Memorial Fountain remembering the crew, stewards, and sailors lost on the Titanic
A replica of the cargo boats that tied up at Blue Anchor Lane with their cargoes of wool and wine
A weathervane reminder of the classic sailing ships
Daylight was still bright as we set sail from Southampton.