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I am in the same situation as you and have cruised many times from Southampton. I drop my hubby at the door and then move the car into the car park.
Hi depends which car park you have booked, if you booked cand with p& o, you drive straight to the dock, they unload your car and take it away and you go less than 50 yards to ticket check in, what cruise line are you on, and what car park.
Drop off your luggage and passengers at the 'drop off zone' next to the ship. the carpark is opposite the ship, drive there park up and walk back to your family to board.
When we have sailed from Southampton you drive to the port in your car, unload your luggage and your car is driven away to secure parking. There are always porters and help availabl.
Our experience at the Mayflower terminal is that we drive up to the terminal, hand our keys over to the car park attendants who take the car and park it for us. all we have to do is get out of the car!! the porters take the luggage leaving us to go through check in.
However this is not the same at all terminals in Southampton. the QE" terminal allows you you to drive up to the front, offload and then one of you drives the car to the nearby carpark. Check with the cruise lines direct for detailed information. they have been handling this problem for years and are really good. NOT like airports !!!
Good thinking but you will have no trouble at Southampton where both of the terminals offer off-loading inside or immediately outside the cruise terminals. Having unloaded car parking is opposite the terminals or your car is chauffeured away from the area and will be returned to the terminal at the end of the cruise. The Cunard terminal is only slightly more difficult that the one used by the other cruise lines. Hope that helps .... Nei.
I assume that you have already booked your parking with CPS. You do not say which terminal but if its the Mayflower, you drive right up the the terminal as directed and park. Staff will take your luggage out of your car and it goes into a hole in the wall. There are aslo dedicated staff available for disabled people and they will wheel you on a wheelchair if necessary. You hand over the keys and get a receipt and someone drives your car away and parks it. You then walk into checkin with your hand baggage. On return you pick up your luggage in the customs hall, put it on a trolley and walk acroos the road to the car park, where you will be given the keys for your car against your receipt. It is all very well organised. The QEII terminal is very similar. Never been to the City terminal so dont know.
How much is charged for a 14day park.
I have sailed with P & O and RCCL from Southampton; they both use CPS (www.candps.com)for their parking and it's dead easy. All you do is drive right up to the front of the terminal, and the porters take your luggage, and they drive your car away. It is a very efficient and smooth service. For a disabled person it might be even better.
You don't say which cruise line. We went on P & O Arcadia last July. On arrival by car you drive into the terminal "drop-off" which is by the passenger entrance. I would think it will be best to have requested a wheelchair when booking, or, at least before you arrive.
Your car is then driven by their staff to wherever it stays for the time away on the cruise - which will be as near as possible to where the ship will dock on return.