ON BOARD ST ANSELM AS ISLA DE BOTAFOC
1: Car Decks & Boat Deck Forward Bar
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Above: The tremendous versatility of the Saint class vehicle decks is demonstrated in this view on board the Isla de Botafoc in August 2003. The ships were sold fairly speedily (especially when compared to their ex-Townsend Spirit class rivals) at the end of their UK careers partly due to their ability to load two full vehicle decks from a single level ramp astern - a key aspect specified by Sealink when the ships were being designed which was intended to ensure their flexibility within the fleet, being able to operate from ports other than Dover and Calais and without twin-level linkspans.
Above & below: The car deck stairwells are virtually unchanged from the ship's UK days, being characteristically austere and complete, in places, with SBF 'galloping maggot' insigina.
Above: The ship's bell, located on the ship's forecastle off the upper vehicle deck still bears the Stena Cambria name.
Above: One of the lower lounges, adjacent to the upper vehicle deck forward, has been filled with reclining seats and is referred to as the 'Formentera Lounge', in honour of the small island off Ibiza.
Above & below: Two views of the Boat Deck forward bar, taken before (above) and after (below) the very extensive 2004 refit. Before this work, the space was still very much the Cambria Sports Bar it had been in the ship's later UK days, complete with Stena-era trim. Balearia's efforts have completely revitalised the space however and returned it ironically to rather more like it was when originally redesigned into the current layout at the 1987 refit. It is now technically the 'Cafeteria Ibiza' although is essentially still the main bar.
Above: Another pre-refit view, looking forward/across to port, showing how the sofa seating meanders across the room, creating large booth-like areas.
Above & below: The bar counter is structurally unchanged since the 1987 refit, although it has now (below) lost the foot railing it was supplied with at the outset.
Above: Looking forward on the starboard side in 2005. The whole atmosphere, aided in part by improved lighting, is much warmer and more welcoming than before the refit.
Above & below: Looking aft on the starboard side in 2005 (above). New generic images of sailboats have been added throughout this space and in the self-service amidships, replacing the posters from the Cambria Sports Bar days (below) which adorned the walls until 2004.
Above: A final overall view of the 'Cafeteria Ibiza' in 2005.
Above & below: At the aft end of the bar was previously a video games area (latterly under the Stena 'Video Warp' brand). Under UMAFISA (above) this was left empty but the 2004 refit saw it reincorporated as a seating area (below).