Ocean Village


Ocean Village was a British-American owned cruise line, based in Southampton, UK. Designed to offer an alternative cruise experience, Ocean Village was founded by P&O Princess Cruises plc (which later merged with Carnival Corporation to form Carnival Corporation & plc).

Ocean Village operated from 2003, until 2010 when the brand was discontinued. The company was formed in 2003 as a sister company to P&O Cruises, providing an alternative cruise experience, targeting families and those looking for casual dress codes and fun events as opposed to formal dining.

The company’s slogan was “the Cruise for people who don’t do cruises”. It had a fleet of two ships which sailed Western and Eastern Mediterranean itineraries in the Summer and Caribbean and Mexico itineraries in the Winter. On 30 October 2008, it was announced that the Ocean Village brand would cease its operations in late 2010 with both of its vessels being transferred to P&O Cruises Australia.

Ocean Village Archive

© Wil Weijsters

MV Crown Princess (1990) – Past and Present

MV Karnika, ex Pacific Jewel, Ocean Village Two, Aidablu, A’Rosa Blu, Crown Princess – Steel twin screw motor vessel built in 1990 by Fincantieri-Cant. Nav. Italiani, Monfalcone, Italy (Yard No 5839) as a Passenger (Cruise) Vessel

© Willem Oldenburg

MV Columbus – Past and Present

MV Columbus, ex Pacific Pearl, Ocean Village, Arcadia, Star Princess, Sitmar Fair Majesty – Steel twin screw motor vessel built in 1989 by Chantiers de l’Atlantique, St Nazaire, (Yard No B29) as Passenger (Cruise) Ship for Sitmar Cruises