Sitmar Line - TSS Castel Felice
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Castel Felice seen off the coast of
Robert Brinkhuis sails on TSS Castel Felice in 1965
Please Note: All images on this page (except the two above) were provided by Robert Brinkhuis of the Netherland’s. Some were taken directly from the TSS/TV Castel Felice Brochure/Cabin Plan, Passenger List, and photographs part of Robert’s collection, and there are some photographs that were taken by the ships photographer. I hereby sincerely thank him for his delightful story and the wonderful memories!
(TSS = Turbine Steam Ship – TV = Turbine Vessel).
and Mother, Michiel and Jonna,
Our passage ticket Not bad, just NZ£129 per person for almost eight weeks at sea!
voyage across the Tasman proved to be a rather rough one as this is the cyclone
season in the region and we seemed to be heading into the edge of one and
Captain Avolio Matarese who
had been on board this ship for almost 13 years, said that he had never
experienced such rough seas. But we got through it. When we reached
Here is our family arriving at the Captains welcome aboard part in the “Belvedere Lounge”
The Castel Felice was a really a nice and quite a modern ship with an excellent range of lounges on Saloon Deck with the swimming pool located aft, and I really enjoyed the voyage all the way.
Opening page of the cabin plan & brochure
The crew and the service on board were excellent and it was a friendly ship. The entertainment was basic compared to the cruise ships of today, but certainly most enjoyable, for the Italian band played all the most popular songs and there was dancing every night, and other events, such as playing table tennis, the horse races was always really very exiting to watch, then there were those great big pillow fights in the swimming pool and all the deck games.
These games at the pool were always a lot of fun and laughter
I really enjoyed
the Crossing of the Equator Ceremony on February 13. This event was a great
deal of fun and the Italian’s certainly know how to put on a show and a
party, although it was the passengers who participated. My sister
Spaghetti and sauce going everywhere, now is this not fun>
Introduction page of the cabin plan & brochure
I also remember the fancy dress balls, and being able to visit the Bridge of the ship and talking to some of the officers there. It was a great time, for I was young and really enjoyed the ship and the voyage as did my parents!
That’s me in the middle on the Bridge with a whole group of people
But finally this
delightful voyage came to an end as we arrived in
Images of TSS Castle Felice’s excellent facilities
We had decided in
advance get off the ship in
We have always kept this postcard of the ship safe, for we have so many wonderful memories of her!
recently I discovered that after we had left the Castle Felice in
My memories of the Castle Felice will always remain, for what a wonderful ship she was, for those were the days when there were real ships at sea, ships that felt like ships! In addition, the Italian’s I have to say has a knack of making you feel at home and they did that with lots of good food and simple fun and good humour!
Thank you Sitmar Line!
Robert Brinkhuis - The
Front cover of the Cabin Plan & brochure
The Cabin Plan
TSS Castel Felice Passenger Accommodation Plan
Visit this page for our Passenger List (to come online soon).
The Castel Felice
The Castel FeliceINDEX:
Castel Felice-1 - History Page.
Castel Felice-2 - Cabin Plan & the Robert Brinkhuis story 1965 - This Page.
Felice-3 - My 1957 voyage to
Castel Felice-4 - The Williams family sail to
Castel Felice-4 - A family’s voyage to
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