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|ON BOARD ANTHI MARINA
3: Silverstone's, Langan's, First Base, Orient & Club Lounges
|Above: A view forward from the entrance to the former Langan's Brasserie.
GA Ferries' conversion of the passenger spaces on the former P O Kent defied convention. Whereas former fleet-mate P O Canterbury (ex-Fantasia) saw her huge shopping centre almost entirely given over to reclining seats upon conversion for GA, on the Anthi Marina the equivalent was left in its entirity, despite shops traditionally being of little use on domestic Greek ferries. Meanwhile Langan's, which could have served as a very pleasant Distinguished Class restaurant, was stripped out along with the adjacent driver's lounge, to allow the installation of the pictured recliners. Thus the ship again broke with Greek tradition by failing to provide a formal restaurant for upper class passengers. Indeed, in the Summer of 2004, the Anthi Marina appeared to still be operating as a one-class ship.
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|Above: Silverstones Sports Bar remains unchanged from the ship's final years in UK service.|
|Above: Gone but not forgotten...
Despite being replaced by a reclining seat lounge, this sign for Langan's remains on board Anthi Marina.
Elsewhere, the Mega Drome has also had recliners installed (despite remaining windowless), and the Club Lounge has been refitted as a private owner's suite.
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|Above: Greek national and GA Ferries flags are one small modification to the decor of the Silverstones bar counter.|
|Above: Another view of the First Base. The long bench seating provides a decent opportunity for passengers to stretch out for a nap without upgrading to the limited number of former crew cabins now available for passengers. Amongst the P&O mock-Americana lining the walls, GA have, as ever, found space for several images of past and present members of their ferry fleet.|
|Above: Little used in the ship's P&O days, the Orient Lounge (on Deck A, adjacent to the former Club Lounge amidships) has become a popular retreat for Greek passengers. This view looking forward shows one passenger heading into the area of former crew cabins now given over for passenger use.|
|Above: The First Base burger bar, aft on B Deck, remains not only physically unaltered, but also in use for its designed purpose.|
|Above: The small lobby area outside the Orient Lounge and the former Club Lounge. GA Ferries have left a characteristic imprint here - having carefully added their own artwork and a pair of their ubiquitous potted plants, the out-of-date Club Lounge sign has been left in place. In the latter, GA have installed a boardroom table surrounded by the tall chairs previously used in Langan's.|
|Above: The GA Ferries picture-installers have also been busy in this otherwise grim lobby space on the Anthi Marina. Pictures of ships as distinguished as the Romilda (ex-Free Enterprise VIII) do little to alleviate the impression that this is very much a corner for a dog to die in.|
|Above: The aft end of the very topmost deck is now available for passenger use. This is the view at the forward end looking aft to the air conditioning plant in front of the funnels and showing a poor standard of maintenance. Picture courtesy Nikos Thrylos|
|Above & below: Looking down from above the bridge to the bows which were heavily modified for Greek service. Pictures courtesy Nikos Thrylos|
|Below: Looking forward on the starboard side from some of the additional outside deck added by GA Ferries.|