Southampton is the home port for two of the world most famous cruise shipping companies. Cunard Line and P&O Cruises. It is also the the port where other cruising companies start and end their seasonal cruise holiday programs, most notably; Royal Caribbean, Fred Olsen Lines, Celebrity and Princess Cruises. All of these ships pass through the Solent and Stokes Bay is one of the best vantage points to see the ships as they transit.
Arrivals and departures over a 24 hour period can be found at this link:
Stokes Bay is also home for the famous ‘Charlie Anchorage’, this is the location where many ships visiting Portsmouth anchor, usually because they are too large for Portsmouth Harbour.