Another slow week for cruise and cruise-related news, which means that I haven’t posted anything. However, I have been cudgelling the brain cells and I’ve realised that there is something I’d like to know from my readers: what’s the newly-refurbished Mayflower Terminal like?
This has some relevance because according to the latest information on the Southampton VTS site, we will be using the Mayflower terminal for our cruise on Azura this autumn. Ever since our cruise on Ventura in 2010, we’ve got used to using the Ocean Terminal. We must have used the other terminals before that, and I can certainly remember starting at least one cruise at the QEII terminal, but I can’t remember much about them. Except the Grand Event in 2012, that is: we were on Oriana and she departed from the City terminal, and I recall arriving there and queueing for over an hour to check in. One of the things I very much like about the Ocean terminal is that after you arrive you can sit and relax, you’re not stood up shuffling forward in a long queue.
With Britannia, Royal Princess and Queen Mary 2 having automatic access to the Ocean terminal whenever they’re in port, any other ship, even a large one, will find itself bounced to another terminal. Previously I think that the QEII terminal would have been the next choice – indeed, my recollection is that when I first checked our departure terminal for the autumn it was from the QEII – but I’ve had it suggested to me that Ventura and Azura may well in future be redirected to the Mayflower terminal instead.
So – if any of my readers have used the refurbished Mayflower terminal, what’s it like? Crucially, is there a decent-sized seating area before the check-in desks where you can relax and wait? And how do the car parking arrangements work? Over to my readers…..