Steam down Southampton Water to the Solent, passing Cunard’s Queen Victoria in berth, and on return to berth see a number of cruise ships depart – always the chance to sound Shieldhall’s distinctive steam whistle and play the ‘Shieldhall Organ’. Southampton of course is famous not just for the modern day cruise ships but also the ‘ocean liners’ that plied their trade during the 20th century. Shieldhall will have displays relating to the liners on board, and a special commentary to reflect their important connection to Southampton.
As part of your cruise, see the impressive engine room with its original steam engines at work and the bridge, with its traditional instruments and gleaming brasswork; admire the ship’s steam assisted steering gear (similar to that used on Titanic); talk to the Captain and volunteer crew; listen to an informed commentary on the sights and sounds of Southampton Water and the Solent; pass close to the great ocean liners and container ships; walk the teak decks; relax in the Saloon with a wide range of refreshments including tea / coffee; real ale; a range of Titanic bottled beers; wine and hot and cold food, available on all trips. Courtesy parking available close to berth.