Fairstar the Funship
Let’s take another trip down memory lane and revisit the Fairstar, the ship that sparked Australia’s love affair with cruising.
Fairstar began full time cruising from Australia in 1974 but not before doing numerous voyages carrying immigrants to Aussie shores including the ‘Ten Pound Poms’ under Australia’s post-war assisted passage migration scheme.
However, it is holiday cruising for which Fairstar is best remembered, P&O Cruises Fairstar was the star in the memorable and iconic advertising campaign, ‘Take me away, P&O’. Almost everyone in the country knew the song about the legendary “Fairstar the Funship” and, plenty of people experienced the ‘fun’ firsthand … many repeatedly!
Many a life partnership began with an onboard ship romance. For popular comedian, Demo Simis, it was the start of a 30-year career at sea starting as aqua sports manager and disc jockey. “The memories will never be replaced or forgotten,” says Demo. “The passenger participation shows and theme nights were fantastic!”
For paramedic Mike Ristuccia, a Fairstar family cruise as a 15 year old began a lifelong passion for cruising inspiring his popular social media blog for Fairstar diehards TSS Fairstar. “It was a cruise from Sydney to the South Pacific, departing from Pyrmont wharf 13 for 13 nights and returning on February 13!” says Mike. “Despite all the ‘13s’, it turned out to be a fantastic adventure and started my passion for cruising and cruise ships.”
Do you have any fond memories of Fairstar? We believe ships have a personality and Fairstar will always have a special place in P&O heritage and in our hearts.