by Arie Boris, CruiseGourmet.com Magazine
After flying over night from New York to London Gatwick we were exhausted. Just outside arrivals, we were met, with a welcome sign and jovial greeting, by Sam Reddy, the principal of Triexforces. Along with several quality services geared to travelers, his car & limousine company is a class act! The car was new, luxurious and comfortable! As the official car service for the Southampton Harbour Hotel & Spa, it was the perfect “first impression!”
After an uneventful hour & a half drive, we arrived at this brand new luxury hotel for our pre-cruise overnight stay. I always like to get to the cruise port a day or two prior to the actual departure day. So worth not having the stress of a possible flight delay and missing the ship…as it happened, our Norwegian Premium Class flight home from Stockholm was canceled with less than 24 hours’ notice and no re-protection, but that is another story!
Southampton Harbour Hotel & Spa is a dream! The hotel lobby design is modern/minimalist and the front desk staff were attentive and so helpful. The structure itself is reminiscent of a sleek contemporary cruise ship as it juts out into the water of the Southampton marina. We settled into our very comfy room…I loved the plush bedding, luxury toiletries, big screen TV and view of the marina.
We went up to the HarBar at the top of the hotel for a beer and light bite. The sunny day allowed us to enjoy the open air terrace with wonderful views in every direction. It was busy with many locals along with hotel guests indicative of the feeling that this has become “the place” in Southampton. Later that evening we dined in the Jetty, an excellent contemporary seafood restaurant. The next day, the hotel provided complimentary transport to the cruise terminal and left me with a tangible sense of being spoiled and wanting to return for a longer stay. Well next April, we are planning a west bound crossing on the QM2 and I already have our room reserved, for two nights!
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