Ocean Dream (ship)

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Ocean Dream in Valletta, Malta
Ocean Dream in the Grand Harbour of Valletta, 2008
Name: 1981—2000: Tropicale
2000—2005: Costa Tropicale
2005—2008: Pacific Star
2008—present: Ocean Dream
Owner: 1981—1991: AVL Marine Inc (Aalborg Værft)
1991—2000: Carnival Cruise Lines
2000—2005: Costa Cruises
2005—2008: P&O Cruises Australia[1]
2008—present: Pullmantur Cruises[2]
Operator: 1981—2000: Carnival Cruise Line
2000—2005: Costa Cruises
2005—2008: P&O Cruises Australia[1]
2008—present: Pullmantur Cruises[2]
Port of registry: 1981—2000: Monrovia, 22x20px Liberia
2000—2005: Panama City, 22x20px Panama
2005—2008: London,  United Kingdom[1]
2008 onwards: Valletta,  Malta[citation needed]
Builder: Aalborg Værft, Ålborg, Denmark
Cost: $100 million[3]
Yard number: 234[1]
Launched: 31 October 1980[1]
Acquired: 4 December 1981[1]
In service: 16 January 1982[1]
Identification: IMO number: 7915096
Status: Sailing as Ocean Dream
Notes: First newbuild ship for Carnival Cruise Lines.
General characteristics (as built)[1]
Type: cruise ship
Tonnage: 36,674 GT[4]
Length: 204.76 m (671 ft 9 in)
Beam: 26.45 m (86 ft 9 in)
Draught: 7.00 m (23 ft 0 in)
Installed power: 2 × Sulzer 7RND68M diesels
19570 kW
Propulsion: Two propellers[4]
Speed: 21 kn (38.89 km/h)
Capacity: 1422 passengers, 6,654 DWT[5]
General characteristics (as Pacific Star)[3]
Type: cruise ship
Tonnage: 35,190 GT[5]
Decks: 10 (passenger accessible)
Capacity: 1412 passengers (maximum)
Crew: 550

The Ocean Dream (formerly Tropicale / Costa Tropicale / Pacific Star) is a cruise ship, built in 1981. The ship began sailing for Carnival Cruise Lines as the Tropicale in 1982. The Tropicale was Carnival's first newly built ship. Operating mainly in the Caribbean. She was transferred to the Costa fleet in July 2001 and renamed the Costa Tropicale. The Costa Tropicale was retired in 2005 and entered service for P&O Cruises Australia as the Pacific Star in December of that year . She was formerly Queensland’s latest cruise liner, she was based in Brisbane, performing cruises along the Tropical Queensland coast, to various islands in the South Pacific, New Caledonia, and to New Zealand. In March 2008, P&O Cruises Australia sold the Pacific Star to Pullmantur Cruises. She has been refurbished and is currently sailing as the Ocean Dream.


The vessel was constructed for Carnival Cruise Lines by Danish shipyard Aalborg Vaerft, and when it launched in 1982, was the first cruise ship custom-built for the company. As the company expanded and acquired larger ships, Carnival decided that Tropicale would be their 'test ship' for new cruises, and as such was the first Carnival ship to be based in San Juan, New Orleans, Alaska, and Tampa.

The vessel was slated to replace the collapsed Cape Canaveral Cruises in 2001, but before Carnival Tropicale could enter service, the vessel was transferred to the fleet of Costa Cruises, where she was renamed Costa Tropicale.

The vessel underwent refits in Genoa over the course of 2001 and 2002, redeveloping the vessel and customizing her for a European client base. Costa Tropicale served with the company until 2005, when replacement by larger, more modern cruise ships prompted a transfer to P&O Cruises Australia, where the vessel again underwent a major refit in Palermo, Italy and was renamed Pacific Star. In 2008 the Pacific Star was sold to Pullmantur Cruises and renamed Ocean Dream following a refit in Singapore.

In June 2009, an outbreak of swine flu occurred about the Ocean Dream during a cruise around Central and South America. The ship docked in Margarita, Venezuela to allow its Venezuelan passengers to disembark, before heading to Aruba, where the remaining passengers were able to leave the ship. An earlier report had suggested that the ship had been placed in quarentine, however, the ship's owners Pullmantur later denied that this was the case.[6]


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 1.7 Asklander, 1981.
  2. 2.0 2.1 P&O Cruises Australia 2007.
  3. 3.0 3.1 Ward 2006, p.473.
  4. 4.0 4.1 Miller 1995, p. 129.
  5. 5.0 5.1 United States Coast Guard, 2008.
  6. "Swine flu cruise ship Aruba-bound". BBC News. 2009-06-18. http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/americas/8106311.stm. Retrieved 2009-06-18. 


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