Friday, January 20, 2012

OCEAN DREAM sold to Peace Boat

The cruise ship OCEAN DREAM has been sold by Pullmantur to interests associated to the Japanese organization PEACE BOAT.
OCEAN DREAM is operating out of Fortaleza on cruises to Fernando de Noronha in Brazil, until early April. Afterwards she will be delivered to the new owners in Panama.
With the purchase of OCEAN DREAM, the future of the classic steam turbine ocean liner THE OCEANIC looks bleak and probably she doing now her final world cruise.
The OCEANIC was one of the most magnificent liners built in Italy in the 1960s. She was delivered to Home Lines in 1965 and cruised out of New York for the next twenty years... Despite being now an old and costly ship, the OCEANIC has operated successfully for the last 47 years. I would not be surprised to see her go to Alang soon...
OCEAN DREAM photograph in Barcelona by Hans Hoffman.
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Kalle Id said...

It will be a huge shame if this means the end of the OCEANIC (and it probably does - though Peace Boat have at times run a two-ship operation in the past). I was planning on trying to arrange an onboard visit when the OCEANIC is next in my vicinity, but if she is withdrawn then I will never have hed a chance to see the magnificient ship from the inside.

Paul said...

I feel that the reason why Peace Boat wants to get rid of the SS Oceanic is because of the sky high oil prices. It's the same thing that caused them to withdraw the SS Tropaz from service to the scrapyard. I fear that the same thing will fall upon the SS Oceanic.