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The arrival of the Fantasia in 1990 saw the St Anselm transfer to the Folkestone-Boulogne route, but this was to be for only one season and the take-over of Sealink by Stena Line that year saw a major re-appraisal of the entire network. Thus the ship became the Stena Cambria in 1991, reflecting not only the company's new owners but also her new route: Holyhead-Dun Laoghaire, Cambria being one of the traditional names for ships on that crossing. The 'Cambria' remained there, working in tandem with the Stena Hibernia (ex-St Columba) until 1996. By this stage the Sealink name had been dropped in favour of simply “Stena Line” and, with the first HSS due at Holyhead later that year, the Stena Cambria returned to Dover to pad out Stena's local fleet. After the dissolution of the Sealink pool with SNAT, both companies formed independent operations (the French as Seafrance) and Stena felt obliged to replace the crossings previously operated by the two French ships by adding two additional vessels of their own, the former ‘Anselm’ being one of them along with the Stena Empereur (ex-Stena Jutlandica).

Stena Cambria’s British career ended on and with the Newhaven-Dieppe route; moved there by Stena in February 1997, she transferred to the newly established joint venture with P&O in March 1998. The demise of the Newhaven route in January 1999 saw her laid up briefly in Zeebrugge, before being purchased by UMAFISA of Spain for operations between Barcelona and Ibiza as the Isla de Botafoc. Prior to entering service (in November 1999) the ship underwent a substantial refit to provide additional overnight accommodation for her role on crossings of rather longer length than she had been designed for. The additional cabins were added primarily in the areas aft on Boat Deck previously home to the aft lounges and Duty Free shops whilst significant amounts of reclining seating were installed at the same time in the former Motorists’ Lounge and in an area to port covering what had previously been the Ro-Ro Lounge. UMAFISA were acquired by rivals Balearia in August 2003, and the following Winter the ship was sent for a further extensive refit when, in addition to a major mechanical overhaul, most of the passenger accommodation was refurbished, some of which had not been significantly modified since the Stena days. This had the effect of greatly brightening and improving the ship’s interiors and prepared her for many more years service with her Spanish operators. With Balearia, she continues in operation out of Barcelona, crossing to Ibiza and, latterly, to Menorca.
Above: In between her main spells at Folkestone in 1990 and Holyhead in 1991, the Stena Cambria returned to the Dover-Calais service pending the arrival of Stena Invicta. She is seen here turning upon departure in Calais harbour during that period (July 1991).
Below: Passing the war memorial in Calais which was later moved to the opposite side of the harbour when the Gare Maritime was closed and access to this part of the port was stopped for all but those actually using the ferries.
Above: The Stena Cambria seem at Fishguard during a period of relief cover on the Rosslare route.
Above: Stena Cambria at Dover in 1997 wearing Stena's post-1996 livery with the brand name positioned forward on the hull. This was the Cambria's final season operating on the route for which she was built. The Seafrance Cézanne can be seen beyond at berth 6.
Above: Isla de Botafoc at Ibiza in September 2001. The adjacent ship is the Ciudad de Sevilla of the competition, Trasmediterranea.
Above & below: The Isla de Botafoc seen departing from Barcelona in late August 2003 in UMAFISA colours (albeit without the markings on the bow visor seen on the previous picture). The main external structural adjustment compared to the ship's time in UK waters is in the arrangement of windows in the stern extension, reflecting the additional cabins provided here in place of the previous duty free shop.
Above: Unloading at her Barcelona terminal in September 2003.
Above: After the takeover of UMAFISA by Balearia in 2003, the Isla de Botafoc was repainted in the colours of her new owners and is seen here in August 2005 arriving at Barcelona on a day crossing from Menorca.
Above & below: The Isla de Botafoc departing from Menorca in August 2004. She has retained the EU flag on her forward guillotine door from the old UMAFISA colours.
Above: The Isla de Botafoc loading at Menorca through the open bow visor.