I am arriving on a cruise ship at Southampton early on a Sunday morning. I wish to visit Portsmouth on my way to London (Gatwick). I have the entire day available to me at Portsmouth since my flight does not depart until the next day.
Do I specifically request a rail ticket from Southampton to Gatwick via Portsmouth Harbour since that is not the customary journey path? The online rail booking sites appear to allow me to purchase such a ticket.
Do I need to request a ticket that permits me to break my journey in Portsmouth or will any off peak day single ticket permit me to break my journey?
May I combine my via Portsmouth Harbour - break of journey ticket with the South West trains days out Dockyards offer?
and may I also combine my ticket with the Plus Bus feature for Portsmouth?
Do I need to specify the time of travel, or may I depart Portsmouth on any train to Gatwick whenever I have completed my visit?
The helpful people at the Visitor Information Service office in Portsmouth have found a location for me to leave my luggage during my visit.
Any advice and suggestions are welcomed.