ON BOARD FANTASIA AS WAWEL

3: CONFERENCE ROOM/CINEMA, NIGHTCLUB, UPPER LOBBY & AFT OUTSIDE DECKS

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Above: Heading aft on Deck 7 brings the passenger to the former Mega Drome games area just forward of the upper amidships lobby. This was located on the deck beneath the dome and served originally as the Rock Box disco, with the area directly underneath the dome itself (on Deck 8 above) actually left unused. Although the starboard side of the Rock Box later became the games zone (Video Warp under Stena and then latterly Mega Drome with P&O Stena), the port half of the circular lower space was later closed and served for a while as a crew mess area (retaining the semicircular booth Rock Box seating). Meanwhile the space on the deck above was never opened for passenger use until 2004.

The 2004 GA Ferries refit converted the Mega Drome into a windowless and incredibly depressing reclining seat lounge, and after a slight rearrangement, Polferries have now turned it into what is optimistically described as a 'Conference Room' but in practice more often serves as a cinema. This view is looking directly aft with Stena Line neon lighting and reflective ceiling providing the perfect atmosphere for a business meeting.
Wawel General Arrangement plan
Link: Click above for an annotated Wawel 2005 General Arrangement plan
Above: Another view of the former Mega Drome area, showing the decorative bas relief panels installed by Polferries.
Above: When the starboard side of the Rock Box became the video games area, the port half was partitioned off and was used as a storage and crew area. When GA Ferries opened up the deck above as a nightclub, the port-side space below became the entrance point with the entry staircase located here. This is a view of this small space in April 2005.
Above: Heading up a deck, above the former Mega Drome and directly beneath the dome itself is the large circular nightclub installed by GA Ferries. The dome is a fully functioning part of the experience with an extensive lighting system now wired into the roofing. Perimeter booth seating around the circular dancefloor completes the scene, the dome finally having a use after over a decade of waiting. This view shows the area with the main lighting turned on.
Above and below: The Wawel's nightclub with the main lights now turned down and the dancefloor lighting on. In the first picture the lights stretching away up the dome itself can be seen, whilst in the second the small bar counter located on the port side is visible.
Above: Although the Mega Drome itself has been removed, this sign above its former entrance from the Deck 7 lobby remains. Through this doorway, the conference room is immediately to the right, the entrance leading up to the nightclub is on the left whilst heading straight on brings one to a variety of cabins installed by Polferries in the areas of the old Club Lounge and Routemaster's Restaurant.
Above: An overall view of the Deck 7 lobby, looking across to starboard. This is located directly above its counterpart on the deck below. The large signs welcoming Dover-Calais passengers to the once extensive Channel Shopping centre can be see to the right above the stairway.
Above: A view of the extensive outside deck area on Deck 7, aft of the lobby.
Above: Looking back at the outside deck space from adjacent to the nightclub dome on Deck 8.
Above: The dome - the windows on the lower level look out from the upper lobby, whilst the windowless area above is the new nightclub.
Above: Right aft, this area of outside deck is located outside Silverstones on Deck 6; in the Cross-Channel days, the Dover gangway landed here for the embarkation of foot passengers.