With Reuben Goossens

Maritime Historian

Fair Princess


Photo Album Page One



Fair Princess at anchor off Mystery Island Vanuatu

Page two contains her interiors. Page three has photographs of the China Sea Discovery. Links are located at the bottom of each Album page.

Photographs on this page are by: 1) the Author (A), or 2) from the Author’s Private Collection (AC) and 3), several photographs were supplied by the Ships Photographer (SP). These are used with the photographer’s kind permission!

We trust these images will bring back many happy memories to those who have cruised on this fine ship in and around the United States, and later in the South Pacific with Sydney as her homeport.

The Fair Princess is currently called the China Sea Discovery, but she is due to head for Iraq to be used as an international workers floating hotel.

These photographic pages covers her interiors and exteriors, thus if you have sailed on her, I am sure these pages will have you reliving your days at sea on this classic liner. Currently, the TSS Albatros is the only one out of the four Saxonia Class liners that is still cruising full time around the world. This is the wonderful Albatros (image hereunder).

T.S.S Albartos
Visit Raoul Fiebig’s Das Ruderhaus Picture Gallery of the T/S "Albatros"

 Fair Princess at Darling Harbour #10 ready for her maiden cruise ex Sydney for P&O

The following images were taken on Fair Princess' final New Zealand cruise, ex Sydney 31 January 2000. On 8 February, the author gave a Maritime Lecture to a packed Seaward Lounge. Those attending included, Captain Philip Pickford, Chief Engineer Domenico Magilio, Purser John Nicoli, and Food & Beverage Manager Carlos Melo. The Lecture was entitled, “The Saxonia Class Liners,” which is the subject of a story on MaritimeWorldOnline.

Full Steam Ahead, as we cross the Tasman Sea towards New Zealand’s South Island!

 Promenade Deck (forward).
This delightfully quiet area can only be reached via a stairwell from Caribe Deck below

At the bow area she is showing her age, but at least she feels like a ship. Note the ships Bell!

Looking up to the Bridge from Promenade Deck Forward

“Officer of the Watch” on the Bridge. (Supplied by P&O)

Captain Philip Pickford, a very popular Master of the Ship, in Australia & Great Britain!

Baja (Boat) Deck  port looking forward.

Baja (Boat) Deck– starboard looking forward

Promenade Deck – starboard looking aft.

Promenade Pool & Bar – looking to port.


Promenade Deck Pool, Bar & Buffet area – looking forward.

Promenade Deck Pool – looking aft to starboard.

Promenade Deck aft. First glance of New Zealand's beautiful West Coast – portside.

Promenade Deck, picture perfect! – portside.

Promenade Deck – port looking aft.

A real Promenade, something missing on many ships today!


 Lido Pool, Café and Ice-cream Parlour

Go to photo Page Two - Interiors


Page 1 – Foreword – Construction

Page 2 – Sitmar buys Carinthia and Ivernia – Sisters go Russian

Page 3 - Fairwind / Fairsea – Sitmar sold to P&O Princess Cruises

Page 4 – The Fairstar the Australian connection

Page 5 – Fair Princess becomes an Aussie

Page 6 – Passenger list images

Page 7Albatros ex Dawn Princess / Fairwind / Sylvania / Ivernia /

Saxonia – Passenger list images

Fair Princess Photo Album – Exteriors

Fair Princess Photo Album - Interiors

Fedor Shalyapin - ex Franconia / Ivernia

China Sea Discovery – ex Fair Princess / Fairsea / Fairland / Carinthia

China Sea Discovery Photo Album

China Sea Discovery Saga

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