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The TSS Fairsea is seen departing Vancouver for a 14-day Alaskan Cruise in 1972


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Page Four

Sitmar Memorabilia and Menus

Welcome to Page Four of the TSS Fairsea and Fairwind feature and the Sitmar line and Sitmar Cruises story, which I am sure you will have found very interesting. If you have reached this page via a server, please head for Page One and commence at the beginning of this extensive feature!

I will commence with Part One with some of my memorabilia item all of which are part of my private collection and I trust that you will enjoy viewing them! Whilst Part Two contains a good number of Menus that are dated from 1972, being the very early years of these fine luxury cruise ships careers, through to 1981.

Part One: Memorabilia


This is my very heavy solid brass on a timber plaque of the Fairsea that is located in my office at home

In 1972 certain travel or shipping agents were presented with a solid brass and timber plaque of the Fairsea, but of course these were only presented to those who sold the most Sitmar Cruises be it the TSS Fairstar as well as the Fairsea and Fairwind over in the United States. Considering we were based far from Sitmar’s deluxe ships in the States, it was far more difficult to sell passage on these here in Australia, but amazingly we did but in smaller numbers. Whilst American travel agents were awarded enamelled Sitmar flags that were placed at the bottom of the plaque and these were presented pending the number of their cruise sales. Obviously in Australia, although we sold a good number of cruises, as Sitmar was one of the most popular lines, we could never compete with the numbers with American agents, for back in those days, flying to America was still considered as being a very long and a tiring and a very expensive return flight across the Pacific!

Below is my beloved “Captains Circle” Glass:

An elegant item of memorabilia a glass with an etched image of the ship seen from the stern and the “Sitmar Captain’s Circle” logo

The glass above has etched on one side is a stern view of the sisters the FAIRSEA or FAIRWIND, whilst beautifully etched on the other side is a circular logo with the words; “Circolo del Comandante Sitmar Cruises,” meaning “Sitmar Cruises Captain’s Circle.” And of course these glasses were given only to passengers that became members of the “Circle” and they would be given this beautiful gift during their cruise. The glass was presented in a beautiful silver foil gift box, with the “Captain’s Circle” logo printed on the lid! In due course there would be many who would have a half a dozen glasses as well as other gifts that were handed out for sailing with the wonderful Sitmar Cruises!

Above is the beautiful silver box that has the delightful circular Captains Club Logo on it


A popular item of memorabilia came from the Fairwind - a Sitmar Cruises Ashtray


This is the elegantly designed Shuffleboard Tournament Trophy, having two badges on a beautiful plaque on maroon velvet

background that says; “Shipboard Tournament - Gran Premio - T.S.S. Fairwind” with the medal at the top showing the ship


Part Two: Menus


Two Captain’s Farewell (Arivederci) Dinner Menus


These are large menus, thus I had to photograph them, but their covers are just beautiful

And sadly I cannot reproduce their original beauty here, but they are simply elegant!

This menu is a Farewell dated May 22, 1972 thus very early in her career


This is much the same menu as the Farewell above, but a year later, dated May 2, 1973


This is the interior of the May 2, 1973 menu, which is almost the same as the later one



Above & below: This is a very special menu; the cover was Art paper, with SITMAR CRUISES embossed

on it, the insert with the menu was a parchment paper and as you can see it was especially for the

TSS Fairwind’s inaugural visit to New York City on May 14, 1977. Just look at that menu, would you not love to have been there?




Above & below: An Asian inspired cover for a luncheon menu on the TSS Fairwind



Below is a Sitmar Cruises paper serviette taken from the deck buffet



“Candlelight Dinner”


On each Sitmar cruise there would be a genuine “Candlelight Dinner” & here is one of the Menus



Above and below: here is the interior of a “Candlelight Dinner” from aboard the TSS Fairsea’s dated August 22, 1980



Two “American Dinner” Menus


The American Dinner’s were extremely popular and this one is from August 26, 1980



Above & below: the American Dinner Menu




Above and below: here is the cover and the actual menu of another American Dinner 8 months later April 29, 1981



Sitmar Cruises INDEX:


Page One The Ships History - From Liners to Cruise Ships!


Page Two Deck Plans - 1972, 1973/74, 1985 & 2000.


Page Three Brochures, Photographs & Other Items.


Page Three B Sitmar Cruises Final Brochure for 1989, but these cruises never eventuated.


Page Four Sitmar Memorabilia and Menus.


Page Five Other Sitmar Cruises Ships to 1988.


Page Six MV Arcadia, launched as Sitmar FairMajesty

. with a 1998 Author’s Photo Album!



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Where the ships of the past make history & the 1914 built MV Doulos Story


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