When you are looking forward to a relaxing getaway on a leisurely cruise, the last thing you need is a three-hour, early-morning drive to the coast in order to make the departure time.

That’s where the Holiday Inn Southampton comes in. Situated just metres from the waterfront and close to the cruise and ferry terminals, the hotel couldn’t be in a more convenient location – so staying the night before your cruise sets sail is completely stress-free.

The hotel’s Stay and Cruise package is perfect for cruise passengers as it includes a night’s stay at the hotel for two, a full English breakfast and transfers to the cruise terminal.

The smart guest bedrooms have comfortable beds, a choice of soft or hard pillows and air conditioning, so you can look forward to a good night’s sleep before your trip. Our room had fantastic, panoramic views over the estuary and was the perfect spot for watching the cruise liners and ferries arriving and disembarking – guaranteed to get you in the mood for a good voyage.

As well as an ensuite bathroom, the rooms have satellite television, high speed internet access and tea and coffee making facilities. You can also take a dip in the indoor pool or get in shape at the on-site fitness centre before you set sail.

Next morning, the extensive breakfast buffet is served in the stylish restaurant – and the staff couldn’t be more helpful and friendly. Options include fresh fruit, yoghurt, cereals, muffins, croissants and baguettes, as well as a range of cooked breakfast items.

Parking for the duration of your holiday is also included in the package which is available from just £175. Alternatively, the package includes transfers to and from Southampton Airport or the railway station at Southampton, Eastleigh or Portsmouth, depending on how you are planning to arrive.

The Stay and Cruise package is available at Holiday Inn Southampton, Holiday Inn Southampton Eastleigh M3 J13, Holiday Inn Portsmouth or Holiday Inn Fareham.

For more information about the Stay and Cruise package visit www.hisouthamptonhotel.co.uk/cruise.