We are now safely in Southampton after an uneventful 4hr car journey. We usually stay in Novotel overnight here, but this time decided to try another one of the 3 Accor group hotels on the site, which is directly opposite the docks. This is the ex Etap hotel, not the main Ibis across the car park, now called the Ibis Budget. At £40 inc. Continental breakfast for both of us, it is less than half the price of either of the other two. First impressions are excellent, and falls in the cccc, (cheap, cheerful, clean and comfy), catagory. It also has 24/7 reception, not what it says on the Accor website. Highly recommended. We board Ventura tomorrow, next stop Barcelona, then on to Monte Carlo.