Sylvania was the last of the Saxonia sisters. She was built for the Cunard Line's Liverpool to Eastern Canada service by the John Brown yards of Clydebank, Scotland in 1957 and maintained this route with her sister ships until the Jet aircraft rendered the Saxonia class obsolete.
Cruising was the answer for the Sylvania and after an overhaul which included the vessel being painted white, and the Cunard name plate attached to her aft superstructure she begun her new life as a cruise vessel.By 1968, her life with Cunard was drawing to a close. Sylvania was sold to Sitmar Cruise Line later that year and renamed Fairwind.
She remained in Southampton for a short time, along side her sister Fairland (ex Carinthia). The liner was later rebuilt for the U.S. Cruise market. She was briefly named Sitmar Fairwind before the Sitmar group was sold to P&O in 1988. The ship that was Sylvania was assigned to the companies Princess Cruises and renamed Dawn Princess where she remained until 1993.
The year 1993 saw the vessel sold to the V Group of Monte Carlo, where she was renamed Albatros (pictured), appropriately named after the grand seabirds. For years she sailed under the V Group flag, and specialized in charter cruises for German tourists. Sadly she was retired in 2003.
Sylvania information submitted in 2004 by a reader of Chris' Cunard Page.