ON BOARD FANTASIA AS ALKMINI A (2004)
2: INTERNATIONAL FOOD COURT & HORIZON LOUNGE


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Above: In most other respects, the International Food Court also remained unchanged. This view is of the starboard side seating area looking aft.
Above and below: Moving forward of the lobby on the main passenger deck, the next major passenger space was the International Food Court (self service restaurant). Alterations by Stena and P&O Stena in connection with the extension of the shopping facilities in the 1990s had seen parts of the stern area of this annexed for displaced facilities - the small newsagents/kiosk (above) was relocated on the port side aft whilst the Children's playroom (to the left in the below picture) was adjacent to this just off the centreline with an associated lounge area (right). Both these were previously located aft in the area of the Shopping Centre. Under GA Ferries, both spaces were retained, although the kiosk was empty and not used.
Above and below: The twin food servery areas at the forward end of Alkmini A's International Food Court were First Base fast food (above and seemingly permanently closed) and the IFC walk-around servery itself (below). Again, only minor changes had been made from the final P&O days, including the removal of the British tills and the addition of various bits and pieces of GA Ferries decoration.
Above: Forward on the main passenger decks (Decks 6 and 7) was the twin-level Horizon Lounge, which remained in its entirety during the ship's brief spell as Alkmini A. This is the view looking across to port showing the staircase and the ceiling treatment which was part of the original 1990 decor.
Above: Looking aft on the port side of the lower level of the Horizon lounge. The Harbour Coffee Company outlet was no longer in use as a separate entity.
Above and below: Langan's Brasserie from the P&O Stena days (on the starboard side of the lower Horizon lounge) was retained but, presumably for trademark or copyright reasons, was renamed the Mariners' Brasserie. This rebranding did not however extend to the removal of either the signage or etched glass dividers bearing the Langan's name. Visible behind the counter in the lower picture is the sole remaining example of the previously extensive 'diamond' decor from the Stena Line days when the forward lounge served as the Globetrotter Lounge. Anyone travelling on the current Seafrance Cézanne or most other remaining (and several former) Stena ships will be familiar with this styling.
Above: GA potted plants combine with the stylish original curved staircase.
Above: Looking across to port on the upper level of the Horizon Lounge; the line of unfixed sofas seen on the right were added by GA Ferries. In the P&O Stena days, there was usually a fairly simple division between red chairs to port and blue to starboard although this orderly arrangement seems to have already broken down. The doors to the right lead out onto the forward deck space which was kept seemingly permanently closed under successively Sealink, Stena, P&O, GA and latterly Polferries. The same space on Fiesta/Seafrance Cézanne was almost always open for passenger use.