With Reuben Goossens

Maritime Historian


The Saxonia Class Liners


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TSS Albatros

Out of the four Saxonia Class ships, the Albatros, owned by V-Lines, operated under charter as a fulltime cruise ship for the German Cruise Company, Phoenix Reisen. Over the years, she cruised around the world, filled with German tourists. Rated by Berlitz as a 3 star cruise ship, she offered German holidaymakers reasonable fares. She has been beautifully maintained.

However, in November 2003 the charter agreement with Phoenix Reisen was suddenly concluded due to machinery problems. As repair costs would have been very high, V-Lines decided to sell for scrap. She departed Genoa on Sunday 21 December with the name Genoa painted on her bow, and headed for Alang India, where was beached and broken up. Goodbye old girl!

Raoul Fiebig of Das Ruderhaus has an excellent page on her, which also contains many excellent photographs of her in and exteriors.


A fine view of the Albatros, and her steam powered whistle in full action
(Raoul Fiebig – Das Ruderhaus)



The author gave a Maritime Lecture, entitled, “The Saxonia Class Liners” aboard the TSS Fair Princess on 08 February 2000, during her final cruise to New Zealand, which departed Sydney 31 January, returning 14 February.

Special thanks: Fair Princess’ Captain Philip Pickford, Chief Engineer Domenico Magilio, Purser John Nicoli, and Food & Beverage Manager Carlos Melo, for their charming hospitality, behind the scenes tours, and their assistance in making this article and lecture a success. Thank you Mike Wall of Kiwi Marine Consultants Ltd, Hong Kong, Mr. Peter Frawley, Managing Director P&O Cruises Australia, for the concluding information regarding the China Sea Discovery.



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


All photographs are by the author, or from the author's private collection, unless mentioned otherwise ~ Fairsea in Juneau Alaska - Luca Ferrerio ~ Fair Princess (Princess Cruises) - Marvin Jensen ~ Pacific Sky – Marion Carter ~ China Sea Discovery - Kiwi Marine Consultants Ltd, Hong Kong ~ Photographer of Fedor Shalyapin laid up, and other ‘*unknown’ photographers, please see photo notes below.

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