MV Ocean Dream, Past and Present

MV Ocean Dream

Ex Pacific Star, Costa Tropicale, Tropicale

©  Aleksi Lindström

Steel twin screw motor vessel built in 1981 by Aalborg Værft A/S, Aalborg, Denmark.(Yard No 234) as a cruise/passenger ship

Technical Data

  • Length: 204.75 m (overall) 177 m (between perpendiculars)
  • Breadth: 26.3 m
  • Depth: 18.1 m
  • Draught: 7.33 m
  • Tonnage: 22,919 – 33,250 (2001) – 35,265 gross/ 9,639 – 16,862 net/6654 – 5694 deadweight
  • Engines: Two 2 stroke 7 cylinder Sulzer 7RND68M diesels
  • Power: 19570 kW/26,600 HP
  • Speed: 21 knots
  • Passenger Decks: 8
  • Capacity: 1,422 – 1,411
  • Crew: 391
  • Crew Size: 526
  • Call Sign: ELBM9, 3EWW6
  • IMO Number: 7915096
  • DNV GL id: G143136
  • Port of Registry: Monrovia/ Liberia, Panama City/Panama, Genoa/Italy, London/UK Valletta/Malta, Panama City/Panama
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July 1st 1979: Contract date.

May 25th 1980: Keel struck.

October 31st 1980: Launched.

December 4th 1981: Delivered to AVL Marine Inc, Monrovia, Liberia. (a wholly owned subsidiary of Aalborg Værft).

December 1981: Ten year Bareboat charter to Carnival Cruise Lines.


January 16th 1982: Maiden cruise to the Caribbean.

December 1991: Sold to Carnival Cruise Lines, Monrovia, Liberia.

February 2000: Sold to Costa Crociere SpA, Genoa, Italy and renamed COSTA TROPICALE.

© Tim Becker

© Gerolf Drebes  © Carsten Dettmer

© Gerolf Drebes (left) © Carsten Dettmer (right)

© Benoit Donne  © Benoit Donne

© Benoit Donne

February 2001 – June 2001: Rebuilt at Mariotti yard, Italy.

June 23rd 2001: Christened.

June 30th 2001: Introduced into 7 day cruising around the Mediterranean.

December 12th 2005: Sold to P&O Australia, Ltd, London, England and renamed PACIFIC STAR.

© David Pratt  © John Wilson

© David Pratt (left) © John Wilson (right)

April 2008: Sold to Pullmantur Cruises Atlantic, Valletta, Malta and renamed OCEAN DREAM.

© Cees Bustraan  © Cees Bustraan

© Cees Bustraan

January 20th 2012: Sold to Japanese Peace Boat for delivery in April.

March 2012: Management Maritime Holdings group.

© Cees Bustraan  © Cees Bustraan

© Cees Bustraan

© Cees Bustraan

April 25th 2012: Began cruising from Hakata, Japan.

May 24th 2016: Inaugural visit to Dover.

© Nigel Scutt  © Nigel Scutt

© Nigel Scutt

 © Nigel Scutt

All information is believed to be correct and no responsibility is accepted for any errors or omissions. All items included in this article are subject to © copyright. We would like to take this opportunity of thanking: Tim Becker, Cees Bustraan, Carsten Dettmer, Benoit Donne, Gerolf Drebes, Aleksi Lindström, David Pratt, Nigel Scutt (Dover Marina) and John Wilson for their assistance in producing this feature.

Article © Nigel Thornton and Ray Goodfellow (Dover Ferry Photos Group)


    1. Pedro,

      Sorry, but the ship you refer to was the Spirit of London (1972) (later Sun Princess, Star Majestic, Southern Cross, Flamenco, Elysian Flamenco, New Flamenco Flamenco I,Ocean Dream IMO 7211517)

      Nigel T

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