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Posted on Friday, January 20, 2012 by

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.

55 Responses to OCEANIC For OCEAN DREAM?

  1. Dan

    May 22, 2012 at 12:31 am

    @Kenneth Eden:
    Imagine if Home Lines did obtained the RAFFAELO and MICHELANGELO? Those ships alone would have put them on the map for sure if they were able to successfully convert them into cruise ships. I would think that both vessels would still be around today if The Italian Line had sold both vessels to them. Although, I would think that Home Lines would have replaced both of the ship’s steam engines for Diesel Engines down the road. Instead, the stupidity of Italian Line ego allowed the ships to be sold to a country that had no plans with maintaining those ships. And they are now a distant memory.

  2. Andrew Smith

    July 22, 2012 at 2:03 pm

    Regarding the proposed active use of ss The Emerald by Alas International Holdings as a cruise ship in Panama/Colombia, their current web site refers to the SOLAS approval of their new ship mv Ocean Star Pacific. Is this finally the end of the road for steam turbine passenger liners or does anyone know what is happening re The Emerald?

    And is the Badger on Lake Michigan now the last big steam passenger ship left in the world?

  3. Peter Knego

    July 22, 2012 at 2:14 pm

    THE EMERALD is on her way to Alang but the former FAIRSKY still exists, for now. All the best, Peter

  4. Roy Demma

    December 30, 2012 at 6:22 pm

    I was surfing the web looking for information on ship breaking and came across a sad piece of information.
    Like thousands of other fellow travelers my wife and I had the pleasure of experiencing our first cruse on the Home Lines Oceanic to celebrate our fifth wedding anniversary in 1981.
    Unfortunately I lost my wife twelve years ago and now yet another piece of that memory is lost to the ship breakers of China.
    Rest in peace Oceanic and thank you for the fond memories.

  5. ray dellachiesa

    February 10, 2013 at 12:47 pm

    Sailed on the Oceanic 16 times all but three from New York. The fate of the liner was sealed in the early 80’s and she is now lost to the history of so many beautiful vessels.
    Tu se bella, bella, bella!

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