ON BOARD ST CHRISTOPHER AS IBN BATOUTA
2: Boat Deck cafeteria & ro-ro lounge, aft lounges & shop
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Above: Just aft of the forward bar, the Ibn Batouta retains her original bureau de change.
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Above & below: Two views of the "free flow" servery which, other than the addition of a few new signs, is totally unchanged from when it was installed in the substantial refit of 1987/88.
Above & below: Heading aft once more, we come to the starboard-side arcade (above) with, inboard, the Pantry self-service restaurant, with the entrance to the "Free-Flow" servery area just to the right in the foreground and, further back, the main seating area just astern of this. Additional seating for the Pantry is provided adjacent to the servery entrance (to the left above, and below).
Above: The main seating area for The Pantry, looking forward with the servery area visible in the background.
Above: Looking aft from The Pantry's main seating area towards the information desk, with some of the self-service's characteristic brass-coloured metalwork dividers visible in the foreground.
Above: Another view of the Information Desk, as it was on board Ibn Batouta in 2003.
Above & below: On the port side, just forward of Information and adjacent to the main galley which also serviced The Pantry, is the ro-ro drivers' lounge and restaurant, again largely unchanged from the final Stena Line days. The overall view (above) is looking aft, whilst this space also retains its UK-era "RoRo" branding in small badges throughout the lounge (below).
Above & below: Towards the stern of the Boat Deck, aft again from the Information Desk, is the aft lounge. This originally represented the furthest extent of the ship's superstructure before the 1983 Duty Free shop extension astern. The lounge, as built, featured sofa-style seating centrally with two partially-enclosed side area with fixed upright seating; the starboard side of these was fitted with televisions and served as a Video Lounge. These two views show this area on the Ibn Batouta, with the television still in place but with a modified seating arrangement, dating from the ship's later UK days.
Above: At some stage the central seating area of the aft lounge on the Stena Antrim was converted into a further 'Video Warp' games area. On the Ibn Batouta, this space has now become the mosque, but rather bizarrely retains Stena Line neon trim and, as pictured, its old branding.
Above & below: Right aft on the Boat Deck is the former shopping centre. As the Stena Antrim in Northern Irish service this was partially returned to passenger use but when the ship returned to the English Channel for Newhaven operations, it was again re-arranged to include larger Duty Free facilities. On the Ibn Batouta, there is a small Duty Free shop to port (above) which looks onto a central lobby space (below) with a gift shop to starboard.