Southampton is usually thought of as a port city, but it has its own dedicated international and domestic airport to facilitate the arrival of tourists, who do not want to go to the hassle of travelling by train or bus from one of the Greater London airports.
The city has an estimated population of 250,000 people living within the confines of the city.
It is the third most densely populated city in England after the Capital City, London, and its neighboring port city Portsmouth, which is also in Hampshire.
Southampton is often associated with the doomed Atlantic Liner R.M.S Titanic, which sank with huge loss of life in the early hours of 15 April 1912. She was associated with this city because despite being launched in Belfast, the maiden voyage set out from Southampton, and many of the crew which were aboard on the fateful journey were also from there. The ship, struck an iceberg and due to poor design and the very small number of life boats, more than 1,500 out of the 2,224 passengers and crew aboard died as a result of drowning or exposure when the ship snapped in two and sank.
Southampton continues its relationships with cruise liners till this day, with many luxury liners calling into port, particularly during the warmer Summer months. While R.M.S. Titanic was part of the White Star Line Fleet, the city is strongly connected to the Cunard line. When the RMS Queen Elizabeth 2 was retired in 2008, her farewell voyage began in Southampton. Cunard’s three main ships, the Queen Victoria, the Queen Mary 2 and the Queen Elizabeth all converged and dock in port for an event that has become known as the “Arrival of the Three Queens”.
The P&O line organizes a similar event with all its main liners pulling into port at the same time. Regular ferry services to the Channel Islands and France also depart from Southampton.