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THE WANDERER'S BAR/AFT LOUNGE & THE DISCO/VIDEO LOUNGE
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As built the aft lounge on B Deck was the Wanderers's Bar; this area was largely fitted out in a style similar to that of the side lounges with mostly fixed  seating (this time in orange) and more deckhead luggage racks. The lounge later lost its separate bar facility, the servery area at the forward end becoming by the early 1980s a gift shop. The ship retained this layout until her time in Greece where in recent years the bar servery has been brought back into service for its original purpose. A thorough refit has also thoroughly modernised the lounge with a rather more attractive arrangement of small tables and low-backed chairs.

Right aft in the passenger accommodation on B Deck was Sealink's first at-sea disco. Like the subsequent attempt aboard the
Fantasia and Fiesta with the original incarnation of their domes, this appears to have been something of a flop, and was replaced in the early 1980s, the area becoming a rather more successful video lounge. Nonetheless, the designers spent a great deal of time in their planning of this space in its original guise, with double-thickness bulkheads to separate this area and its noise from the adjacent Wanderer's Bar. The colour scheme was black, blue and purple with orange, red, purple and yellow stools, naked light bulbs, snacks and soft drinks dispensers and of course a juke box. In Hellas Ferries' service, the dividing wall between the old disco/video lounge and the aft lounge just forward was removed, creating an enlarged lounge area for Economic class passengers.
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Below: Looking forward in the aft lounge on Panagia Ekatontapiliani, with the bar servery reinstated in place of the sea kiosk it had been in the later Sealink years (Picture courtesy Richard Seville)
Top: The Wanderer's Bar on Hengist in 1972. Fixed seating (in orange) and fixed tables along with deckhead luggage racks create the impression that British Rail were happy in some areas onboard for their ships to be very much a continuation of the railway carriages from which many passengers had just emerged. Nevertheless, the design has been thoughtfully planned and carried out and a less austere arrangement was found in the outer sections where semi-circular seating booths in black were fitted.
Below: Section from the Hengist's original GA for the aft part of B Deck, showing the Wanderer's Bar with the discotheque just aft.
Below: An 'interesting' Sealink publicity photography taken in the Hengist's disco prior to the ship entering service. This could only have been taken in the 1970s!
Below: The disco after being converted into a video lounge in the early 1980s. The conversion appears to have been rather crude, with the distinctive circular lights and wall trim left unchanged from the area's previous guise. (Picture courtesy Richard Seville collection)