|ON BOARD FANTASIA AS ALKMINI A (2004)
3: ROUTEMASTER, CLUB LOUNGE, NIGHTCLUB, UPPER LOBBY & AFT OUTSIDE DECK
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|Above and below: Two views of the Routemaster ro-ro driver's restaurant and its food servery on the starboard side of the upper passenger deck (Deck 7), just aft of the Horizon Lounge.|
|Above: Once the Rock Box disco, later Stena's Video Warp games area and finally the Coca-Cola Mega Drome, GA, with no other decorative alterations, converted the windowless space just forward of the upper lobby into a reclining seat lounge.
The neon lighting around the upper perimeter actually dates from the final Rock Box days, after Stena had had an influence over the original Fantasia design, but before they abandoned the idea of a Cross-Channel discotheque.
|Above and below: The Club Lounge (aft of Routemaster's) was structurally unchanged from the final P&O days, but there were strange goings-on with the furniture. Although the sofa seating on either side has been retained, GA have removed all the previous leather free-standing single armchairs (destination unknown), replacing them with a variety of chairs still bearing typical Stena-style motifs which had presumably been in crew use or storage since 1998. A sole GA-style square armchair completes the mix.|
|Above: The largest amount of expenditure from GA Ferries on a single space was in the installation of this nightclub in the space directly beneath the dome (on Deck 8, above the former Mega Drome). Throughout the ship's Channel career, this had never been open to passengers, but finally GA made some use of the dome, the inside of which had been concealed for 14 years since the original plan for a 360 degree cinema fell through. The new nightclub's extensive lighting system made full use of the dome's unique physical characteristics.
For pictures of this space with the lighting system in use, see the later internal pictures of the ship as Wawel.
|Above and below: Two views of the upper lobby on Deck 7, aft of the former Mega Drome. The latter is still proudly advertised on the posters on either side of its entrance, but passengers thus enticed will find themselves merely in the dark recliner lounge described above.
GA Ferries have rather charmingly added curtains to cover the full-height windows overlooking the outside deck aft.
|Above: Aft of the upper lobby on Deck 7 was the extensive outside deck area. GA Ferries installed typical Greek-style awnings over this and this is the view looking aft from Deck 8 above.|
|Above: The dome and surrounding superstructure - the windows on the lower level (Deck 7) lead into the upper lobby area.|
|Above: Beneath the awnings, GA Ferries installed some of their particularly comfortable plastic seating. As evidenced by the volume of passengers clamouring to sit in them, these were a particularly popular touch. Fortunately, the Alkmini A never appeared to run full enough to require many people to sit here (the air conditioned interior being inevitably more popular), unlike former fleetmate Anthi Marina (ex-P O Kent) on Greek domestic service where similar seating is all-too often fully utilised.|
|Above: A final, unusual view of the uppermost deck, astern of the bridge with the dome visible in the background. GA Ferries appeared to have already made an attempt to bring their new ship up to their fleet standard for rust coverage.|