OUTSIDE DECKS
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All three of the Brest-built sisters benefittd from extensive outside deck space, and this has been further enhanced by the opening up of more areas after the ships' move to Greece. In addition to the enclosed side promenades either side on A Deck, space was available above on Boat Deck with additional, open, promenades running forward on either side of the ship, aft where a large number of grey/white fibreglass deck seats were installed, plus a small enclosure below overlooking the stern mooring equipment on B Deck. The area around and forward beyond the funnel on Bridge Deck was opened up in Greece at the same time the stern docking bridge was removed (this area was made public on Hengist and Horsa at their 1986 refits) and access was available right up to the main bridge, where it was possible to look inside from the wings. As built this section of deck was designed with easy access from the main wheelhouse to the stern bridge in mind, offering a clear run along Bridge Deck, past the funnel, dropping down directly into the stern wheelhouse via a pair of cantilevered stairways. With the aft bridge removed, these stairways were in the perfect position to allow passenger access to the upper deck.

For Greek service, large areas of previously open deck have been covered with awnings to protect passengers from the sun. Apart from a section of the starboard-side enclosed promenade which is reserved for patrons of Distinguished Class only, all other areas are freely available to all passengers.
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Below: The port-side enclosed promenade on A Deck aboard Express Apollon. This is the view looking aft in 2003.
Below: On the Boat Deck open promenades, the Greeks have installed new bench seating as seen in this view looking forward on the starboard side. The overhang visible from the deck above is another Greek addition, which merely adds width to the originally rather narrow deck space on the Bridge Deck.

As built, the three sisters had six 68-person lifeboats equipped with oars and a further two 65-seat motor lifeboats (the forward boat on either side of the ship). The balance of the lifesaving equipment was made up of life rafts, which could be launched by a pair of dedicated winches aft on A Deck.
Below: A standard feature on most Greek ferries is the deck bar, and the Express Apollon is no exception - this is located aft on A Deck and in 2003 was branded under the Everest name.
Below: Looking aft towards the classic Sealink funnel on Express Apollon in 2003.
Below: To provide an area of enclosed but exclusive deck area for Distinguished Class passengers, the starboard enclosed promenade has been split in two amidships. The locked door visible in the background separates the space shown (forward) from the standard Deck Class area just aft. Structurally the spaces are identical, apart from the installation of new tables and chairs in Distinguished Class.
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