There is public parking very close to the ship, just follow the signs for the IoW ferry and there is a public car park there. The view is either of the stern or bow depending on how she docks, so the lucky travellers would need to find a suitable position on the ship and there is loads of those. My son actually did this.
Indy does dock very close to the dock gate so a wave off is possible.
Dennis J .
You can watch from Mayflower Park which is very close.
Sorry A of N that position is too far away from the Cunard Terminal for any meaningful farewell. It's a very similar situation with the car park on Town Quay.
I am not sure about the situation around the QE2 berth because unless you can get behind the Terminal it would be difficult to get any good sighting of her.
Victoria Country Park, Netley Abbey or Weston Beach would allow a good view of her passing but at a distance. ... Neil.
He is going on Indie -that uses QE2 berth so she is right next to Mayflower Park - at least it was when I was on her. I also have a pic of friends in Mayflower Park for the launch celebrations and Indie is looming big n' beautiful in the background.
Sorry A of N totally misread the situation and you're right (as usual) I was immediately assuming Cunard's Berth which is further down the water not "Indies".. Once more my apologies. .... Neil.
Mayflower Park is certainly the best option for seeing off Independence of the Seas. Visitors will get a very good view of the ship and may even be able to pick out friends. I find a quick mobile phone call often helps, e.g. "we are under lifeboat number 5" or something similar. Not sure why Aldrich & Neil & Ida mention QE2 Berth / Cunard Terminal (Berths 38/39). Unless something has changed and the Southampton Cruise Ship Schedule has not been updated on the www IOTS is shown as operating from Berth 101 for the rest of this year. This is the berth adjacent to Mayflower Park.
Doh - it was too late at night for the brain to be working - of course Indie docks at 101 all year round, and this is right next to Mayflower park so my initial answer was correct even if I got my terminal name wrong!