ON BOARD FANTASIA AS WAWEL

2: THE FORWARD RESTAURANTS

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Above: With the loss of the self-service restaurant, the Wawel now has an unusual divide between the main bar and lobby (astern) and what are now the restaurant areas (forward), the two being separated by the large new block of cabins. Although itself somewhat modified for its new role, the forward lounge (previously the Horizon Lounge) is still instantly recognisable. The main structural change is the movement of the staircase linking upper and lower levels around to the starboard side, leaving the port side clear of obstructions. The lower level retains the more formal Mariner's Brasserie in the location once occupied by Langan's whilst the remainder has now become the self-service restaurant using the old Horizon Lounge counter as the new food servery.
Wawel General Arrangement plan
Link: Click above for an annotated Wawel 2005 General Arrangement plan
Above: Looking aft in the lower level of the former Horizon Lounge - although the perimeter sofa seating is unchanged, the small individual seats seen here are actually from the old IFC and originally date from an early Stena Line refit (the same style seating can be found on the Isla de Botafoc, ex-St Anselm/Stena Cambria). They retain their multi-colours from the IFC days. In the background the redundant Harbour Coffee Company branding is clearly visible above what is now simply the self-service servery.
Above: A view across to starboard with the glass panel dividers separating the formal restaurant from the self-service still bearing the Langan's name.
Above: Looking out of the full-height windows in the self-service restaurant over the bow as the Wawel approaches Swinoujscie. This has now been completely cleared of the equipment required for the operation of the now-sealed bow visor and upper ro-ro deck door.
Above: A view of the Brasserie, largely unchanged from the Langan's days, although now serving rather more upscale food.
Above: An overall view of what was once the Horizon Lounge (that name can still be seen on the left of this picture). The upper level has now been given over for the exclusive use of freight drivers, the old Routemaster's restaurant just aft on this deck having been converted to cabins.
Above: Another view of the upper level, looking across to starboard with all the tables laid out for the drivers' lunches.
Above: Although the Routemaster restaurant (just aft of the upper level of the Horizon Lounge on the starboard side) was converted to cabins by Polferries, the sign above the former entrance has not been removed.
Above: The only significant places where the Wawel is instantly recognisable as Fantasia decoratively as well as structurally are in the main stairwells - this view of the purple stairs on Deck 7 shows original Platner signage (just about the only example remaining on board), simple but hard-wearing linoleum and the characteristic hand rails employed throughout the ship.