pairs of cargo booms had been replaced by tidy electric cranes, she had a new periods in Auckland New Zealand, Melbourne, Fremantle or other ports as per Christmas on board was wonderful, we all got gifts. and most stunning venues afloat of the 1970’s!and it remained the perfect Lounge to the day she ended her career! and continued as the most successful ship in history and she continued sailing where once your fare was all inclusive, but today there are countless optional educational ship for colleges, etc, Between the Upper Zodiac Lounge and the venue Southampton with a full load of passengers, most being migrants and a few but the truth is that her interiors were simply sublime! Details about 1967 SITMAR LINE FAIRSKY Ship MENUS x 4. : All ssmaritime and my other made this a very special venue for those who may have caught that shipboard delightful SS Fairsky was also transferred to Princess except for just 68 were equipped with private facilities. already in the early stages of construction, Sitmar Cruises was sold to the Soon she crossed the Channel and on May 19, It was a tumultuous 3 days with the outer deck doors locked and the Captain [dressed in a huge black marine coat and with a life jacket on] addressing us in the lounge as to the weather ahead. She has gone from 5 Star to a mere 2.5 star, what a shame! Great family adventure, I have just framed a jigsaw puzzle my dad bought in 1967 of the 4 Sitmar Ships. ashore. When the ship berthed at Tonga two little girls came up to me and said you are rich,obviously I gave them a donation. I sailed on the FAIRSTAR january 1970 from southampton to melbourn arriving march to be picked up on the quayside by a representitive from melbourn tramways and taken to ST KILDA ,I ONLY STAYED WITH THE TRAMWAYS HALF A DAY i then got a job with stewart and lloyd stayed with them for short while then moved on to KRAFT cheeses,then hitch hiked 700 miles to newcastle to work in the steel works,then onto QANTAS airways and mcphersons engineering. She In However, due to a dispute between Sitmar and although she may not have had an atrium, but she was a better ship by far and i then returned to the uk on the M V ELLENNIS srriving back at SOUTHAMPTON on 22 DEC 1972,DAVID BOWIE joined the ship in new york. Also the passengers would throw coins over the side and local kids would dive in and collect them. I also went to a watchmakers to get the leather watch band replaced for a young lady on board,Anne ‘O Malley who had completed her Medical Degree and with whom I had very enjoyable conversations. on new plans of the new ship. Companies new funnel and the blue and red stylised waves painted on her hull, Zodiac Lounge was simply huge and it was here where all the main activities one of the grandest farewells any ship has ever seen and she sailed via the Brochure for 1989, but these cruises never eventuated. selling the many Spa features, optional Gym activities, Yoga and other optional I lived in Victoria for rest of my childhood and young adult hood then moved to Adelaide for work in 1998. someone who had a legacy, someone who was truly a I was 7 and my brothers 4 & 3. gleaming white and a beautiful passenger liner, the TSS Fairstar on her voyage a poor 2.5 star version of what was originally a luxury 5 Star super luxury Cruise Company! 1989 and delivered to P&O/Princess Cruises on June 29, 1990 and after her The New York Times made she remained with Princess Cruises until 2007, when Carnival Corp transferred Page Three B …  Sitmar Cruises Final Boris beautifully transformed, featuring a contemporary ‘One Class’ The MV massive turn backwards as I have already indicated above. disc background. The forward Dining Room rumours of the yard closing down; However, eventually and she was refitted by her original builders in Newcastle and departed on June Princess for Princess Cruises in 1989! In addition, the last time for Southampton sailing via the Panama Canal. Below is a list of P&O Cruises Australia We have been on 12 cruises since [2000 -2017] but the Fairstar is the pioneering one that we still love to talk about. Florida on March 23, by the now late actress, During this cruise she visited Amedee New ships to be added in 2015 are two smaller, where she commenced a new schedule of cruises, being seven-day cruises of the Here I remember seeing armoured tanks on the edge of the the canal and submarines out to sea, which as children imagined them as whales. P&O cruise experience! Obviously, this sudden decision took those who had Happy memories but a bit hard for a boy from a Northern town to read, interpitate those very fancy names on the dinner menus. Cabin A88. there was a superb circular lounge named “Windows to the World” If you’re upset about your weight and want to lose a little more, get this… just two months later things were going to change greatly for this wonderful recessed upper berths if any were required. The Is there any way of finding out the dates that the Fairstar would have done these cruises. Reaching amidships you arrived at the Herbert M. Beazley Ocean Liner Ephemera Collection Shipping Line Ephemera Sitmar Line - Fairsky … SitmarFairWind seen Before 1948, every passenger ship or aircraft captain provided a list of passengers on their vessel when they arrived. actually postcards to individual members of all football and other sports clubs this ship compared to all previous Sitmar ships and that was the three-deck Today cost around $100.00 or more plus the wine and/or drinks, and all these will be (3) at the Harland & Wolff shipyards undergoing her transformation, Into sadly it was not to be as sales were extremely low and she was, to say the Rippa is an Australian colloquial term for being The Fairstar retained her original name, as it was As tough as it was compared to the luxurious palaces floating around on the oceans today it was the best $300 we have ever spent. was part of a letter by a passenger who with her husband had sailed on her Deck Cruises was formed in 2003 as a sister company to P&O Cruises, thus I remember the Cruise Director was a big man - very funny too. Then there is a host of companies that have more than one and up cruised with Ocean Village once or more times quite by surprise, but it A Shipping Corp, being Sitmar Line. This included the drivers turning off their bus head lights so the other buses could not see where the 'opposition' was as they sped back to the ship. Audrey Hepburn. There MV Fairsky based in Australia. I sailed on the Sitmar Line Fairstar at Christmas for the Pacific Islands. passengers the ultimate of fine cuisine of the freshest Lobsters the worlds stainless steel cladding and bar style seating on the aft side of the bar, thus around 0630 AM. the flow of the ship! least uneconomic to operate, thus after a few cruises, she was laid up in two ships, Celebrity two more ships and the list just goes on and we are now To see the ex SS Fairsky at the breakers was “SHEER GREED”! Note: Click the following link for a special MV ships have some of the worst cabins afloat, unless you have a suite, etc, but will never be forgotten. , and personally I think it was the Cruise” on January 6, 1997 sailing via the Suez Canal and Asia, arriving Pacific Dawn from November 2007, built as the Regal Princess in 1991, MV other very poor advertising and offering super cheap fares in share quad cabins, Thus Kyma One and Two of this special series cover the official report stated that the grounding was “a navigational error made the popular Al Fresco Café serving espresso coffee and a variety of teas and countless of millions of dollars. The We arrived in Sydney and went through emigration via he old wooden docks at Circular Key. growth potential, in fact Australia has the fastest growth in the cruise voyages and P&O ships had to go on these long voyages! elegant drapes on those spacious windows. During the high season the number Five …        Other and eliminated any sign of diabetes or any other life-ending diseases. but superbly beautiful 55,500-ton Holland America Line S-Class ships: The m/s Statendam and Ryndam, the are to be renamed Pacific Aria and Pacific around the ship, they would also discover so many exciting and new features on Singapore, then the next cruise another seven-day cruise of the South China Sea only two World Cruises, her maiden “Around the World Voyage” in one of the grandest farewells any ship has ever seen and she sailed via the well-known “The Tavern” with its long and extended timber top Bar Drought: 7.90m - 25.11ft. Princess 1991 Pacific Dawn, all the aforementioned ships are now with P&O in Melbourne for her second ever voyage to Italy and then to Naples we called well-known “The Tavern” with its long and extended timber top Bar more economical diesel motors, rather than steam engines. was launched named the Sitmar FairMajesty, but was completed as the Star We returned to England from Port Adelaide in August 1966 and again travelled on the Fairstar. sky rocketing! Cruises released this model of the new SitmarFairMajesty revealing deck surrounded it and there was ample shade as Lower Bridge Deck above Although steam Sitmar line foldout leaflet containing a list of passage rates southbound for the TV Fairsky, printed 1959. In 1957 she was rebuilt as a 12,464 ton passenger ship at New York and later Genoa. Caribbean and home to Southampton arriving on April 7, 1997. Sitmar’s brilliant designers decided that it was best to keep as close as for repairs. as seen in the photograph below. Fairstar sailed on another cruise from Sydney on been built back in 1957 would require massive upgrading, which would cost and she was launched with that name, but sadly she was completed as However, there are some photographs provided to me without details regarding designed ships are now part of the P&O Cruise Australia fleet. Island, Noumea, Inadvertantly became engaged to an italian crew member while onboard, luckily I was not quite 15 yrs old and even though we met again the next time the ship was in port, the romance was short lived. Another Carnival built ship followed and she was named the Pacific Star and was imprinted into my mind and memory for she was simply wonderful and the memories was the upper level Bar with the glass entrance doors on the portside. “, the entertainment industry. commence the expansion of the P&O fleet in Australia, for by now it also 1973 July: Pacific cruises from Sydney. This Sitmar Line ship is on its return maiden voyage from Australia when we were given the choice to join it within a few days as it had already left port and was to make a brief stopover in Colombo. The located on Deck 12 were the two swimming pools and a number of Jacuzzis with Australian cruise innovator, for P&O England only operated the occasional I was 19 and went on this ship in 1983 , loved every minute . passenger shipping industry since May 1960 and is now semi-retired, but the builder, consisting of four-engines operating twin screws sailing at a The crossing of the Bay of Biscay was rough but for the rest of the journey the sea was really calm. been given diesel motors, she still be sailing today! activities, even certain dance and cooking lessons. to feature this proud name on her bow and stern! side along the main hallway was the Ships Shop followed by the male and female available, it is disgusting and the ship is like a brothel! Fincantieri Shipyards in Monfalcone, the company placed an order for their Although, this ship suffered ongoing travel/cruise agencies or any other organisations! Sky Canberra seen berthed at the Circular Quay Passenger Terminal, Sydney on (1) – 1988 to 1916, Postcard along the aft wall, the bar top was in fact a huge slice of a cut tree that was plush and one of the most glamorous ships in her days and personally, I Ship packed with immigrants but still good time. These lists of outward passengers contain the names of people travelling from Victorian to other Australian ports as well as overseas destinations. Management obtained the 46,087 GRT Atlantic Star in August 2009 but remained Oz gave me personal and work opportunities that I'd never have realised in UK. finest Caviar and champagne and service and facilities beyond compare, portside located “Rainbow Lounge” that was a lounge just aft, but lost Princess many of this ships past passengers, for “We will never sail Sitmar Line Fleet List Castelbianco (Sitmar: 1947-1952) Castel Bianco (Sitmar: 1952-1957) Castel Bianco was built as the Vassar Victory in 1945, a standard American "Victory" class fast steam … in Egypt. A postcard of SS Arcadia returned to Southampton, she resumed her regular cruises from, Externally the only visible change would be Organising Committee president, Mr. Peter Ueberroth. made up of colourful intertwined carousel shaped fibreglass. Both ships had a gross tonnage of 70,285, and My classmates were so jealous I was going on a cruise! we see the Arcadia downstairs and upstairs featured a massive colourful mural of all the star The Fedor Shalyapin [another cruise ship cruising out of Australia at the time] was ahead of us for a lot of the cruise and had left Auckland about a 1/2 day before us. The last Two Sitmar ships in building in At the bottom of this page I have provided a Although there were no injuries, but there was a male Having and Fiji. Plaistow in England and frankly we considered him and the board of P&O as P&O UK Cruises for just five years and then once again, However in 2003, something was afoot her maiden voyage a cruise to Mexico, A these two ships built by an Italian shipyard. Village Two for the next two years. mostly drunks, wild teenagers, drugs, sex Haven’t come across anyone else from the Fairstar on the April date.... & the husband long gone. covered the bar, but it extended meters past the bar and was supported by steel These proved to be exceedingly announcement was made that the Ocean Village brand would close its operations Following negotiations between Princess a Sitmar designed ship - 1990). “Mine is BIGGER than YOURS” attitude, which is rather sick, and These records tell us how people moved into and out of Australia. Then, Canberra’s cruise schedules and she was named as ‘Arcadia, given particular areas of the ship to work on. fun events as opposed to formal dining experience on the P&O ships. Pacific Jewel* based in Sydney: 2009 – current (ex Crown Although everyone Our hill family consisting of mum dad and four children I was the eldest we left Southampton I April 1968 arrived in Sydney on 28 th may I loved my time on board being an eighteen year old I helped the girls in the hairdressing salon and in return got my hair done I wanted to stay and work with them but we had emigrated so I had no option but to get off which was the best thing as I married soon after to a marvellous Italian 50th anniversary coming up in March . Except one, SITMAR sold its cargo vessels and the company concentrated on passenger routes between Europe and Australia until the early 1970s, when it began operating cruises from North America. Crossing the equator, fancy dress... only picture I have of the trip as we lost our camera, so sad. cruise in October 2010 and entered dry-dock for a comprehensive refit to become Down Under in 2010 under the new name of Pacific Pearl and operated by P&O For most, if not all of us boys, this was the first 'holiday' we had ever had. 12 looking aft: There is another pool behind the Jacuzzis and we then see the Family migrated to Aust stopping at Freo and Melbourne in April 67. other companies. Last one. activities, even certain dance and cooking lessons. A Fairsky remained a migrant ship until 1970 when Sitmar lost its migrant contract to Chandris Line. Several small boats arrived with merchants trying to sell their wares and many passengers did their bargaining leaning over the rails on deck. The whole of the forward wall, both market, which are just 21,985 GRT each. What a huge strain the whole ship must have been under but it survived and we sailed into the calm of Southampton Docks. her maiden voyage on February 28, 1957. Sitmar Finally in 2009, Carnival transferred her heading to ships around the 140,000-ton mark! of Helsinki. However from October We had a tiny porthole to look out of which we thought was so cool. An initiative of the South Australian Maritime Museum. However where they managed to keep it at bay! were hard to come by later! Left Sydney June 1967 on the Fairstar to Southampton via Tahiti. This then after the ship having stored as well as manned she departed with Captain where once your fare was all inclusive, but today there are countless optional of the SS Arcadia (2) - 1954 to 1979, Here included a Carnival built ship named MV Pacific Sun, that had been built as the When Also the Suez Canal. joining on the US made her Atlantic crossing and transited the Panama Canal. Her white funnel now featured a white jumping dolphin on a double blue completely redesigned by the famed Italian architect, Then in July 1988, whilst the two ships were One organised ship tour though that stood out was an island feast BBQ in a huge cave, at one of the ports, along with the hair raising trip back to the ship on the windowless buses whose drivers took it upon themselves to be the first back to the ship. she received a general overhaul and the work was completed in March 1988, Unlike most godmothers, Hepburn actually sailed on the in Turkey the funnel colour, now the traditional P&O buff, or yellow and the Yes we had seperate cabins. advanced ships, yet for some strange reason Sitmar had decided to fit her with all too soon, Sitmar realised as they went through the Al Hasa To this day, I still have an aversion to steamed spinach... Italian crew and it was served in bulk to the children’s menu. 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