It will depend which berth is being used. Hythe is good for all berths as the liners go straight past and are fairly close to shore.
Are you looking for a particular sailing?Edited: 24 November 2010, 14:23
If they're sailing from the Ocean Cruise Terminal, then the closest you can get is the end of Town Quay. Other than that Hythe Pier or even Weston Shore/Victoria Country Park will give you a view as they cruise past (from a distance mind).
Thanks for this - January 5 as 2 of the 3 Queens are leaving at the same time - I think that would be Ocean Terminal??
Many years ago I as going overto the Isle of Wight on an old Red Funnel ferry. As it chugged slowly down Southampton Water, the QE2 appeared to be bearing down on us very rapidly - it was somewhat scary.
Can't beat the red funnel ferry for good views :) It is scary against such a big vessel though!
End of Town Quay is definitely going to give you the best view point, have a feeling its going to be very popular along the various vantage points.
Town Quay the ships will be steaming away from you and at Hythe they will steam past you. The only disadvantage at this time will be that it's dark. It is also worth taking the Hythe ferry as this passes close to both these berths. I've done this on several occassions and then stood on Hythe pier to watch the ships go by. It is likely to be busy, even in winter local folks turn out to watch the ships go by.
As a follow up top this, just noticed this page from the local paper regarding berthing on that day (6 cruise ships in port).
They're saying Queen Elizabeth will be down in the old QEII berth in the Eastern Docks, whilst Queen Victoria will be in the Western Docks using the Mayflower Terminal. So Town Quay would see one sailing away from you and one passing right in front of you.
Shame it's a Wednesday as otherwise I would have taken a Docks tour that day.
yes I agree hythe is the best spot, just in front of hythe marina...
take the little ferry over from southampton pier to hythe.. takes about 10 mins
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