Carnival ship

Ocean Dream (ship)

The Ocean Dream (formerly Tropicale / Costa Tropicale / Pacific Star) is a cruise ship, built in 1981. The ship began sailing for Carnival Cruise Lines as the Tropicale in 1982. The Tropicale was Carnival's first newly built ship. Operating mainly in the Caribbean. She was transferred to the Costa fleet in July 2001 and renamed the Costa Tropicale. The Costa Tropicale was retired in 2005 and entered service for P&O Cruises Australia as the Pacific Star in December of that year . She was formerly Queensland’s latest cruise liner, she was based in Brisbane, performing cruises along the Tropical Queensland coast, to various islands in the South Pacific, New Caledonia, and to New Zealand. In March 2008, P&O Cruises Australia sold the Pacific Star to Pullmantur Cruises. She has been refurbished and is currently sailing as the Ocean Dream.

History

The vessel was constructed for Carnival Cruise Lines by Danish shipyard Aalborg Vaerft, and when it launched in 1982, was the first cruise ship custom-built for the company. As the company expanded and acquired larger ships, Carnival decided that Tropicale would be their 'test ship' for new cruises, and as such was the first Carnival ship to be based in San Juan, New Orleans, Alaska, and Tampa.

The vessel was slated to replace the collapsed Cape Canaveral Cruises in 2001, but before Carnival Tropicale could enter service, the vessel was transferred to the fleet of Costa Cruises, where she was renamed Costa Tropicale.

The vessel underwent refits in Genoa over the course of 2001 and 2002, redeveloping the vessel and customizing her for a European client base. Costa Tropicale served with the company until 2005, when replacement by larger, more modern cruise ships prompted a transfer to P&O Cruises Australia, where the vessel again underwent refits and was renamed Pacific Star. In 2008 she was sold to Pullmantur Cruises and renamed Ocean Dream . She Underwent a Refit in Singapore before entering service for her new owners Where she Now Sails as Ocean Dream

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