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It depends how long you are away whether or not it is cost effective to drive and park. We have just spent a month away and the cost of parking was so expensive £250) we hired a car on a one-way hire from Enterprise Car Hire (£81 plus fuel) from Yorkshire to Southampton. On dropping off the car the Hire company drive you and your luggage to the docks as part of the service. We then flew back to Heathrow on 4th February, we had booked a coach trip with Megabus.com from Victoria London Coach Station to Leeds City Centre at a huge cost of 50p (yes that is right 50p) - check out their website - you may have to travel to your nearest City (eg Redruth) but if it is cheap enough you could then get a taxi home - the bus was not a new modern one (T registration) but was comfortable and the journey was reasonable - we got the coach from Heathrow Terminal 2 Coach Station to Victoria Coach Station (£8) where we picked up the Megabus. Our most expensive part of the journey was the final taxi from Leeds City to our home at a cost of £15 plus tip. It all depends on whether or not you are prepared to do a little additional research and if cost is an issue. Have a good one.
Take the train and then a taxi to the cruise dock? Train fron London to Hayle or somewhere convenient then have a friend meet you or a taxi to take you home? You don't have to use your car.
There are alternatives to this but they are more lengthy and or complicated as for instance driving to S'ton then getting the train, via bus to Reading or Nation Express bus to Southampton or even at about £70 a prearranged taxi to Southampton. You could stay overnight in a hotel at Heathrow and leave your car there but you still have to make it to Southampton by some means. None of these compare favourably with the the suggested route. Na....well done the Stockportonian. .......Neil.
Stockfordian, Neil, and thank you for the endorsement.
Cunard usually have a connecting coach service to and from Heathrow. So if you really want to you can leave your car either at Heathrow or Southampton.
I've done this twice. Park at Heathrow and take the National Express coach to Southampton (from the Heathrow bus station) then a cab from the Nat Exprerss terminal in Southampton to the ship (a short ride). You can book Nat Express online.
Contact the cruise line and ask, i am doing a fly out cruise(gatwick) and sailing back into southampton P&O do a complimentary coach to take me back to the airport they do this because not many people would bother to book this type of cruise otherwise.
Lots of suggestions below, but for people in your corner of England anything to do with parking at a London airport involves an early-hours start, lots of expense and a lot of double-shuffling. By far the best option IF POSSIBLE : If, and only if, your return date co-incides with a Cunard sailing, then you simply drive Cornwall to Southampton, offload luggage/passengers at the terminal, park in Cunard's facility close to their dock & walk onto the ship. On return to London airport, join the "new" Cunard passengers on the coach to the docks. Ask the coach driver to keep your luggage separate & handy to offload at the passenger drop-point, or it'll be taking another cruise by itself! You'll need to book & pay for parking and book the coach transfer (small charge if you fly independently) Chances are your return date won't coincide, unless you can/want to change it, but its gotta be worth a phone call to Cunard. Chris.