MV OCEAN DREAM at Cartagena, October 15, 2011. Photo and copyright Bill Keene 2011.
Japan-based Peaceboat, which has been operating the steamship OCEANIC on round the world voyages since 2008, has, according to various web sources, chartered Pullmantur’s OCEAN DREAM. The MV OCEAN DREAM was delivered in 1981 as Carnival Cruise Lines first newbuild, TROPICALE. In 2001, the ship joined the Costa fleet (after a remodeling that saw the removal of her trademark “winged” funnel) as the COSTA TROPICALE. In 2005, she became P&O Australia’s PACIFIC STAR and was sold to Pullmantur in 2008, becoming the OCEAN DREAM. The ship is currently operating under charter to South American-based Viagens CVC through April and is expected to join Peaceboat shortly thereafter.
SS OCEANIC at Vancouver. Photo copyright Peter Knego June 2009.
The future of the SS OCEANIC, which was completed for Home Lines by the famed Monfalcone-based Cantieri Riuniti dell’Adriatico in 1965, remains unknown at this time. The OCEANIC, which was built to ocean liner specifications but enjoyed service as a deluxe, pioneering cruise ship (the first with a retractable Magrodome and one of the first to have balconies), is the last major steam-powered cruise vessel still in service. Her lines remain virtually the same as built although she has undergone vast interior remodeling over the years.
With special thanks to Shawn Dake and Bill Keene.