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Arosa Sun in Nassau, Bahamas
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No: 2501   Contributor: Fred Claessen   Year: 1957   Manufacturer: Unknown   Country: Bahamas
Arosa Sun in Nassau, Bahamas

Picture of the Arosa Sun in Nassau, Bahamas. Photo taken in 1957.

The Arosa Sun was previously known as the Felix Rouselle. She was one of the largest ships of the Swiss Caribbean cruise line Arosa Line.
Picture added on 24 June 2007
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Das Bild der !Arosa Sun" ist sehr schön.Ich war 1957 an Bord des Schiffes als Ing. Assi., Sagem an mich bescheid was das Bild kostet.

Editor: anyone care to translate?

Added by Franco Fuchs on 28 February 2008.
i came to canada in 1957 on this ship we landed in quebec

Added by Doreen Lilley on 28 June 2008.
Ein sehr schönes Bild. Ich war 1955 bis 1956 und nochmals 1958 als Mese und Salonsteward an Bord.

Editor: Can someone translate?

Added by Henry Bretschneider on 20 August 2008.
It could be translated as: A very nice picture. I was on deck from 1955 till 1956 and again in 1958 as a steward in the mess and saloon.

Added by Vic van Lijf on 21 August 2008.
do anyone out there know how to get passenger lists for this ship back to 1957 thanks

Added by Doreen Lilley on 24 August 2008.
I'am so excited I found this web site . I was going through some of my old documents as a young child living in germany till the age of 9 years. My parents 2 sisters and 2 brothers left on the arosa sun from bremen haver then arriving in quebec on June 18, 1956. Where we made our way to winnipeg where we have lived since then my parents just passing away at the age of 91 .

Added by Sigrid Bausback on 07 November 2008.
My parents with my sister came to Canada in 1957 to on this ship. They have a big accident with a iceberg (like a Titanic).

Added by Laurence Hecquet on 03 December 2008.
I too came to Canada in April 1957 on the Arosa Sun as a 20 year old immigrant. The cabin was some where in the bowels of the ship near the stern. I think there may have been more than 10 of us in it. I recall the meat had been purchased in Argentina the previous season and it did not smell very good.

Added by George Burow on 17 January 2009.
The Arosa Sun was by far the best ship with I was associated with . As Chief Linen Keeper, I was in charge of all Linen and supplies on the schip. My cabin was located on boats deck. In February of 1958 their was this big expolsion and fire in the engine room, after we departed from Caracas. My friend the 3rd Eng.lost his live. I looked very attractive in my white Officers Uniform. I shall never forget the Arosa Sun as long as I live. Juegen J.J. Janssen CCM.RET.

Added by Juergen J.J. Janssen CCM RET. on 03 February 2009.
I would like to share same additional opinions about the Arosa Sun. Top front you see the bridge and app.18 large windows.Behind the bridge is an apartment witch I will come back to as we go along. One deck lower is the observation deck or boats deck were guest can walk around . Also below the bridge are Deck/Off. cabins. Next deck below you see the veranda were all the dancing took place. On cruises we always engaged an American Band for the veranda and a German Band to play in an other location. Below the veranda you see balconies from 4 large and 3 smaller suites. This were first class suites. The suites had extra large bath rooms, built in bath top's extra wide and extra deep. One deck below and little to the front was the El Presidente suite. What you see is actually one large balcony. This suite with an extra large bath room, also had an mirror all around dressing room and a walk in closed. But the biggest suite or apartment was behind the bridge reserved for the Captain.The apartment had 4 exits or entrances. The first was from the bridge. The other one was a side entrance. One entrance was from the private sun deck and one entrance was from a special private stairway. The first class dinning room was some think else. On cruises all passengers were dressed in white tuxedos and ladies in evening dresses, after 6. The walk down to the dinning room was a 2 deck walk, the hand rail was a wide wood carved master piece, with 2nd to none hand carved column's on both sides. The menu on cruises were first class and difficult to produce, but they alway's made it. Hat's off for the kitchen crew and the Chef. The other item worth mentioning was the Piano in the first class lounge. A Grande Piano arranged on 3 individual about 2 to 3 feet hight hand carved Elephants.
The Captain's name was Captain Lundholm, Chief Purser Mr. Willy Pohl, Chief Eng. Mr. Hitzen, Chief Steward Mr. Schwenker, Ass. Chief Steward Mr. Andre Hollander. Andre met Mr.& Mrs. Ritzi in Arosa. Andre was fluent in 7 languages.

Added by Juergen J.J.Janssen CCM RET. on 18 February 2009.
I immigratet on this Ship in 1957 from Bremerhafen to Quebec City arrived in Quebec on May 11.57 we had a wonderful Time on the 11 Day crossing.

Added by E. Hahn on 10 April 2009.
I sailed on this ship in 1958, New York to Southampton. I was in cabin 21. She was a beautiful ship.

Added by Mike on 17 May 2009.
I also came as an immigrant in 1957. I had my 13th birthday on this ship. We landed in Quebec on July 9th I beleive and then took the train to Toronto. It was one of the hottest days in my life. I was never so scared due to the fact my father told my sister and I 3 days before leaving where we were going. Brings back lots of memories.

Added by Peter Falkner on 29 October 2009.
My family came to Canada from Britain in 1957. My father was on the April trip. His cabin was somewhere in the bowels of the ship, and I believe they were stuck in pack ice for a while as they entered the St. Lawrence. My mother, my two brothers and I followed later, and landed in Quebec on about 7 June (?). Some of my recollections: sneaking into first class where the ping-pong tables were always available; spending hours trying to find a way into the engine room; sack races; my brother's 9th birthday party with a rum cake; my parents' anniversary; one morning when virtually everyone was seasick, and my one brother and I walked to the dining lounge for breakfast bouncing our hands of the sides of the passageways, hardly anyone showed for breakfast so we had lots of waiters hanging around. Many years later I met the purser (Swiss?) in a hotel bar in Dorval, QC. I also met a gentleman from Oakville who had come over on the same trip.

Added by Mike Blamire on 11 November 2009.
We came to Quebec, Canada in October 1955 on the Arosa Kulm. My uncle August Paslat came over a year later 1956 on the Arosa Sun.

Added by Wolfgang Paslat on 16 April 2010.
this is a great picture - I immigrated on the Arosa Sun in March/April 1957 and have been looking for a passenger, ROY FISCHER, who travelled on to Toronto or vicinity. We lost touch and if anyone knows how to reach him, please contact me. It is important - thanks,

Added by Ann on 26 June 2010.
I had my 12th birthday (Oct 2) on the Arosa Kulm enroute to Quebec.They quickly taught us the words to "O Canada" and had us kids sing it in front of CBC cameras. Two weeks later we were able to watch ourselves on television at a friends house. Sure would like to have a copy of that incident.....can anyone help? I went to CBC and typical "government" employee response, sorry !!! Can any one shed any light on this? Please email me...I live in Winnipeg.

Added by Wolfgang (Wolfe) Paslat on 02 July 2010.
I left Southampton on 31st July and arrived in Quebec on 9th August, travelled with my sister and niece. We also had a crowded cabin. We hit a bad storm at sea. We also settled in Toronto. I lived there for ten year.s, but now live in Alberta. My bad thoughts about trip, I had my money stolen, but guess I should have had a safer place for it. I arrived here with a total of $7.00

Added by Gillian Winkler (Adger) on 14 August 2010.
I also came to Canada with my family when I was 2 1/2 years old. My parents and brothers would tell me on we came to Quebec and then we took the train to Windsor, Ontario. My grandfather and my Uncle came to pick us up at the train station. I wish that I could remember my trip here, but I cannot remember anthing. The only details I know are what I have been told and a couple of pictures on the boat.

Added by Ann G.K. on 19 August 2010.
My mother, brother and sister and I arrived in Montreal aboard the Arosa Sun in October 1957. All I remember from the trip was that we were seasick for most of the trip. My brother was 5, I was 6 and my sister was 13. Thank you for posting this picture and this site.

Added by R. Kuhni on 06 September 2010.
Its so long ago, but I was employed on almost every vessel Arosa Line operated in the 1950s. In 1953 I travelled to Trieste by train from Bremerhaven to work on the Arosa Transport. I made one trip from Trieste to Burgas to Amsterdam to Bremerhaven. Then I travelled by train and ferry to England and hired on a new passenger ship the Olympia from Glasgow to around England and New York. Then I hired on the Arosa Kulm. Bremerhaven to Sydney. 44 day's going and 44 day's returning. Arosa Star was next Bremerhaven to Quebec. we always visited this hotel Chateau Frontanac in Quebec. But the best ship I was ever associated with was the Arosa Sun. I was also on the T.S.Bremen for 3 years. Bremerhaven to New York and we always docked at pier 88. My first job in America was with the 60 east club on 60 east 42nd street in New York. The bldg and club was operated by Helmsley and Spear.

Added by Juergen Janssen on 23 September 2010.
I was 10 years old when my mother two brothers and a sister sailed from Malta to New York on the Arosa Sun. My Grandmother who was 69 years old at the time also came with us.
This was on July 16 1955.we arrived in New York August 1 1959 and from there we came to London Ontario where we have lived ever since.
I'm sure glad I found a picture of this ship.

Added by Tony Vella on 12 October 2010.
I arrived in Quebec City on Nov 11, 1956. We had boarded the Arosa Sun in Southampton two weeks before. When we arrived - all the docks were closed due to Rememberance Day. We had to wait till the next day to disembark. We took the train to Toronto and lived there till 1969.

Added by JMEDY on 11 November 2010.
My father just past away. Going though some of this stuff I found his passage contract and passenger list from the M.S. Arosa Sun.He left Berlin and boarded the Arosa Sun in Hamburg to Quebec in March 9 1956.(3.9.1956 on ticket) He then went to Winnipeg and never left. I knew he came here on a ship but he never showed me his passage contract. Wish he did.Could have showed him this web site. His name is Gunther Wallmuth.

Added by Chris Wallmuth on 04 December 2010.
I just went through my fathers papers and found the boarding passes for the Arosa Sun from June 1957.As I said before on Oct 29/2009 that I was 13 years old on this ship an now with these boarding passes in my possession I really treasure them.

Added by Peter Falkner on 10 February 2011.
I came on the Arosa Sun in August 1955. I was only 9 years old. I loved my trip on the ship. My younger brother and I were left alone at night while my mom and older brotherwent to see a film. When we awoke we found ourselves alone in the cabin. Ever since then my mom was sick aboard. I'd like to know where I can get the passenger list from August 1955 Bremenhaven to Quebec. Thank you

Added by Anna Marval on 31 July 2011.
Wow! I never had a picture of the MS Arosa Sun! I arrived in Canada, via Hanover, Germany (Bremenhaven) in November 1955. I celebrated my 5th birthday aboard the ship - November 11th - the captain gave me a stuffed tiger as a present. I am not sure if I landed in Quebec City or Montreal, but do remember taking a very long train ride. I would love to hear from anyone who arrived in Canada during November 1955. Unfortunately, two months after arriving In Canada, we were in a house fire - so do not have any written info. Does anyone know the date the ship arrived in Canada and where did we dock/land. Thank you.

Added by Gabriele Wells on 18 September 2011.
I thought the boat landed in Quebec around October 22, 1955. I was 8 years old. I came on the Arosa Kulm with my mom and baby sister. my father had arrived in Canada 1 year earlier. I don't remember having a great time on the boat. I am looking for the passenger list also if anyone has any information.

Added by Brigitte Suss on 27 September 2011.
I travelled from Southampton to Quebec City, Canada on the Arosa Sun and arrived in Quebec on November 11th, 1956. I took the train to Toronto. I really enjoyed the trip and met many people on the ship. It was a little scary because of the rough weather. I was one of the few who were not seasick. I moved to the USA in 1962.

Added by Janet Munday now Lyttle on 23 February 2012.
my grandmother came over from Germany on the Arosa Sun . She was 62 yrs. old. I have a small piece of the original passengers coupon. The ocean fare was $ 210.00 She arrived in Monteal on Oct 1957

Added by Heidi on 02 March 2013.
My mother, myself and my two brothers and two sisters emmigrated to Canada from Southampton on the Arosa Sun in 1956. We were all seasick for the duration of the trip and the ship was slowed by icebergs near the St Lawrence River. We travelled on to Toronto by train. We lived in Pickering Ontario.

Added by Pat Debenham (was McNally) on 25 March 2013.
She was a very beautiful Ship, we had a great time on her, I left Bremerhaven 1 May 1957, arrived in Quebec May 11 and from there a 5 Day Train Ride to beautiful Vancouver, could not find a Job there and went on to Kitimat BC, stayed there for 18 Years and now live happily in Vancouver BC, never have I ever be sorry that I came here, thank you CANADA

Added by ERNST HAHN on 26 March 2013.
My father emigrated to Canada on the Arosa Sun in 1956. I have a photo of him lounging on the ship deck dated October 1956 and a postcard he bought on board of the ship. I am hoping to find a copy of the passenger list if anyone could help. I believe he travelled from Bremenhaven to Quebec.

Added by Roxanne Sadauskas on 13 May 2013.
As a four year old in 1957, I don't recall many details of my voyage to England aboard the Arosa Sun but it remains as my first big adventure and one never to forget. I recall being sea sick and stuck in a cabin for a few days, seeing huge icebergs and lots of rain when we arrived in England.

Added by Rob Mowbray on 18 October 2013.
My Grandmother passed in 1956. As an escape for my mother, Dad booked passage on the Arosa Sun for me and my brother for February 1957 cruise, departing Boston to Havana, Cuba, Jamaica, Haiti and Nassau. Barfed for 3 days while passing stormy Cape Hatteras until the islands appeared. Saw government buildings with machine guns protruding from sand bag entrances as Castro was very active. Wolfgang, our waiter from Germany was a great guy, and he later visited us at our home. As a child of 12, I was impressed with this great adventure, eyeing the ladies in their swimsuits, and seeing things that were alien to me. North again, another stormy Cape Hatteras and then home. 56 years later, after taking a cruise on Oceania's Riviera, Rome to Venice, my memories returned of that cruise so long ago and I realized, something had been lost, and something else had been gained.

Added by Stephen Snow on 25 February 2014.
What a great picture of the M S Arosa Sun. My Parents brother and I sailed from Bremerhaven arriving in Quebec on Oct 4th 1957

Added by EVELINE G WACHTLER (Muehlisch) on 18 March 2014.
My father and I (all of 17 years old) came to Quebec City from Bremerhaven in May of 1956 on board the Arosa Sun. We had a rough crossing and just about all of the passengers were seasick. The dining room was very quiet.
But what a wonderful adventure when you are 17.
I still remember clearly standing on deck and watching the north shore of the St.Lawrence slide by. Many, many trees and not many settlements.

Added by Helmut Werneburg on 26 April 2014.
My Grandma and her parents came to Canada on May 1957 on the Arosa Sun from South Hampton... I have some of these passenger lists from Ancestry.

Added by Jenn Lilley on 11 May 2014.
I came to Canada in 1957 on the Arosa Kulm landing in Montreal on October 9. Two weeks of pitching and tossing on rough seas was a tough voyage for a family of five and one on the way. Would love to find our names on the passenger list if anyone has knowledge of it. Anyone else travel on that ship? We came to Port Arthur now known as Thunder Bay.

Added by Eija Ferring on 06 March 2015.
My journey began in January 1957 in Bremen and we landed February 4th in Halifax, Canada. We were delayed because one of the engines failed in the midst of the Atlantic and we had no heat for a few hours. It was a wild ride in a stormy winter sea. The boat that looked sooo big in the harbor was just like a little cork. I remember seeing myself on the bottom of the ocean and looking up and seeing the Arosa Sun just bopping on the surface. I did some praying and was glad when we saw an airplane close to coast. And I was even "gladder" when we were once again on solid ground. Altogether it was an adventures journey. From Halifax I traveled via train to London. I don't remember much about that ride. We had a lot of folks from the European WW2 camps on board who found, just like me, a new home in Canada. God bless all of you read this short account.

Added by Gunther Winkel on 06 April 2015.
We left Southampton on April 17, 1957 on the Arosa Kulm. I have some old photos from that voyage.
We arrived in Quebec City and travelled on to Toronto.
When I went to Pier 21 and saw a display of memorabilia from that ship I broke down and cried. They were tears of joy as to what my life has become as a result of that epic journey and tears of memory and gratitude to my parents for making the trip.

Added by Evana Harding Young on 15 April 2015.
I just came upon this site - bringing back memories to arrival at Port of Montreal in June 1956 on the Arosa Sun. Does anyone from the same journey have any photos?

Added by Hans Zander on 29 December 2016.
I just found and purchased at an antique store in Shawano Wisconsin 1957 Arosa sun cruise directory book, has lists of all the destinations pictures of most of the staff, very interesting.

Added by Jason on 26 January 2017.
It's exactly 60 year ago that I sailed on the Arosa Sun from Bremerhaven to Halifax. I have the date when I arrived in Halifax (Feb 4, 1957) but not when I departed from Bremerhaven. Does anybody else have that information? I surely would appreciate it. God bless. Gunther Winkel.

Added by Gunther Winkel on 26 January 2017.
I do have a passenger list I found on ancestry from June 1957.

Added by Jenn on 27 January 2017.
Hi jenn. Is the name Falkner on this list. I left in June 1957 and arrived in July 1957. If so, could u email me this list at

Added by Peter Falkner on 27 January 2017.
Amazing how many people sailed on the Arosa ships 60 years ago. Who would have thought we would be where we are today?
Not I, that is for certain. My life has been blessed.

Added by Evana Harding Young on 28 January 2017.
Eva, mine too.

Added by Gunther Winkel on 01 February 2017.
Give me a few days and I'll send you what I have Peter

Added by Jenn on 01 February 2017.
Hi Jenn.
I am so happy, you made my day. I have been looking for that for some time.
Thank you

Added by Peter Falkner on 01 February 2017.
I am looking for a passenger list for the Arosa Sun that might include Renate Wick and Helmut Geldsetzer. Are these names on the list you have?
Carol Costello

Added by Carol Costello on 12 July 2017.
Does anyone have a copy of the passenger list for either the Arosa Sun in 1956 or 1957?


Added by Maria on 31 October 2017.
I am also looking for a Passenger list for the Arosa Sun - November 1956 arriving in Montreal

Added by Kristen Wulf on 11 November 2017.
Hi Carol, I did not see that name on it.

Added by Jenn on 15 November 2017.
As I mentioned before I came in Feb. 1957 to Halifax. So far I have not seen anyone mentioning that particular journey. We left in Late January from Bremerhaven, stopped in Lehavre and Southhampton to deliver/pick up mail, then went on. The SUN experienced some engine trouble in the midst of a forceful Atlantic and we were for a few hours without electricity and heat. I wasn't sure we could make it. But than God the elecricity and heat came back.

Added by Gunther Winkel on 15 November 2017.
Hello Gunther,
I might have travelled on the same ship to Halifax in 1957. I was with my family and we were Hungarian refugees. I´m interested in getting hold of a passengers list from the ship you were on. I remember the storm as well. My mother said that the waves were 25 meter high.

Added by Agi Dudas on 11 June 2018.
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