Did you know that the Port of Southampton handles more 1.5 million cruise passengers every year? And I bet you didn’t know that the port (as well as being one of the most important in Europe) dates back to the Roman occupation, some 2,000 years ago!
Before jet travel came to the fore, Southampton was the primary access into Europe and beyond. Indeed the city’s mantra is "the gateway to the world" which stems from the colonial-era when the Victorians headed overseas.
And for these (and more) fascinating facts from the infographic below, we have our friends at www.cruise1st.co.uk to thank!