Ocean Dream Review and Specifications
Specifications of Ocean Dream
|Builder||AALBORG VAERFT A/S / AALBORG|
|Speed||21 kn / 39 kph / 24 mph|
|Length (LOA)||205 m / 673 ft|
|Beam (width)||26 m / 85 ft|
|Gross Tonnage||35265 gt|
|Passengers||1340 - 1422|
|Decks with cabins||10|
|Former names||Tropicale, Costa Tropicale, Pacific Star, New Flamenco|
Review of Ocean Dream
The cruise ship Ocean Dream (ex-names Tropicale, Costa Tropicale and Pacific Star) was built in 1981. In 1982, the vessel started itineraries as the Carnival Cruise Lines' first newbuild ship - MS Tropicale. Most of the time it was sailing in the Caribbean.
History - construction & ownership
The 35,265-ton, 1,422-passenger cruise ship Ocean Dream (Tropicale) was transferred to the Costa Cruises fleet in 2001 and changed her name to Costa Tropicale. However, the cruise ship retired in 2005 and started operation for P&O Cruises Australia under the name Pacific Star. In 2008, P&O Cruises decided to sell the cruise ship to Pullmantur. After a refurbishment, the vessel started operations under the name "Ocean Dream". It is currently chartered to "Peace Boat" (global non-government organization).
In June 2009, there was a swine flu outbreak onboard the Ocean Dream, while the vessel was sailing around Central and South America. The cruise ship had to dock in Margarita, Venezuela, in order her Venezuelan passengers to disembark before going to Aruba, where the rest of the guests left. According to reports about the accident, the travelers had been placed in quarantine. However, the ship's owners Pullmantur denied that there was such an incident.
Cruise itinerary program
Ocean Dream itinerary program is based on around-the-world cruises with round-trip departures from Yokohama, Japan.
Out of 511 cabins, 314 have ocean views. Ocean Dream cabins are air conditioned and feature walk-in closets. If you book a master suite, you also get a whirlpool spa and balcony.
Dining options - Food & Drinks
Main meals are served at the 2 restaurants onboard which combine Japanese and international cuisine.
Entertainment options - Fun & Sport
Ocean Dream is operated by Peace Boat, a global NGO based in Japan, aiming at raising awareness and building connections among groups that work for peace, human rights and environmental protection.
The array of public spaces aboard Ocean Dream have been adapted to serve as classrooms, workshop rooms, rehearsal areas, lecture halls. Students participating in the programs of “Global University”, “Global English/Espanol Training” and “International Student & Study Abroad”, use the cruise ship’s venues for presentations at sea. The Peace Boat Center (“P-Cen”) is an office used by both participants and staff to produce posters, edit videos, coordinate onboard events and publish the Peace Boat newspaper which is issued daily. The ship also offers places to relax and exercise, including a gym, sports deck, book corner, jacuzzis, swimming pools, coffee shops, bars, sunbathing deck.