We booked with Europcar (National/Alamo) a car-rental for our individual transfer from London-Heathrow Terminal 5 to the brand new Ocean Terminal in Southampton.
While we were waiting for our bags we read how to continue the travel.
In Terminal 5 you are well informed.
Looking for the exit to the car rental shuttles we recognized that there is a baggage storage for the next time.
And here the way to the car rental shuttles.
Ahh... Stop No. 19.
Why need our stop to be so far away?
For the next time I know: No need to walk downstairs to the Underground Station to buy tickets for London Public Transport.
Due to our baggage tags we were identified as Cunard-guests. 100 USD per person was no reason to cancel the car rental and to use the Cunard-Transfer.
At the taxi stand we just inform us for the worst case... 215 GBP to Southampton. A good reason to prebook... it's just 125 GBP around...
Finally Stop No. 19.
Yes - we were right here.
Few minutes later we are at the car rental station as Terminal 5 is at the other side of Europcar (National/Alamo).
New : you can choose your own car. The allocate the parking area and you choose. I choosed a Nissa Qashqai. So we have a lot of space for us and our bags which did not arrived. Around 11.30 hrs we left Heathrow.
We bought ourselves an additional coverage to waive the LDW to zero:
Let's get to M (= Motorway) 25 South.
Ahh... now the first signposts for Southampton appears.
You continue on M3.
Then you need pay attention to get the right direction to M3 Southampton-bound.
Then it was about 60 miles to the left to M27 Southampton Docks.
Overview lost! I cannot read so fast and not in a foreign language.
But now everything was clear.
And again a signpost jungle.
From now it's M271 South.
What does the yellow circle means?
Again a roundabout/rotary. Better you keep left.
We knew this road from our stays in Hythe.
We made it to Southampton. It's about 13.00 hrs.
Now we have to keep to the right.
Good that you get information on the way where you need to go.
As investigated by some cruise-friends (Hans-Hermann and his DW Carmen) whom we know from our NORWEGIAN JADE-voyage: Next time we can solve our baggage storage problems here without getting to the airport.
We were on the right way.
Finally Gate 4
One more roundabout/rotary.
After filling up we returned the car to Europcar (National/Alamo). There is no more service available at Ibis-Hotel. And this station is closed on Sunday.
You can return the car. But who will call you a taxi?
They were accepting to call a taxi but not to drive us around.
So opposite of IKEA as orientation. For about 5 GBP we get back to the Cruise Terminal.
We made it: Incl. fuel/taxi it was about 100 USD - so we paid for both 100 USD instead of each.