The first newly
built cruise ship for Carnival Cruise Lines, which was launched at a critical
moment in the development of the modern cruise ship industry, has ended its
38-year career. Introduced in 1982 as the Tropicale, this pioneering cruise
ship has been beached at the scrapyards in Alang, India.
No new cruise ships had been built since the mid-1970s
order for the Tropicale was placed just eight years after Carnival began
operations and came at a time when the cruise industry was mostly using older
passenger ships repurposed for cruising. No new cruise ships had been built
since the mid-1970s and at the time some forecasts doubted that another
passenger ship would ever be built.
The order for the first newly built cruise ship went to the Danish
shipyard Aalborg Verft
The order for the
first newly built cruise ship went to the Danish shipyard Aalborg Verft for a
36,000 gross ton passenger ship able to accommodate approximately 1,000
passengers. The Tropicale as she would be named would become a transitional
cruise ship laying the foundation for the future expansion of Carnival and the
She entered service in 1982 sailing from Miami to the Caribbean
service in 1982 sailing from Miami to the Caribbean, but she would also become
a pioneer for the cruise line sailing to Mexico and Alaska and later being
homeported in Tampa and New Orleans. As a modern ship, she featured the latest
amenities and also used bright colors in its decor that echoed the fun ship
marketing. The Tropicale was also the first Carnival cruise ship with a winged
funnel shape, known as the whale tail, that became one of the signature design
elements that continues with all the company’s ships.
Tropicale in 1982 was Carnival's first newly built cruise ship
The success of the
Tropicale led Carnival to order three large cruise ships based on the same
design as the Tropicale. It was the beginning of the expansion of the company
that would make them one of the industry’s leaders and part of the largest
cruising corporation in the world.
Tropicale’s long career; many rechristenings
Carnival Cruise Lines in 2001 renamed the Costa Tropicale. She sailed for the
Italian cruise line till 2005; then, she
was sent to Australia to sail for P&O Cruises. She sailed as the Pacific
Star from Australia and before being sold to Spain’s Pullmantur in 2008 and
renamed the Ocean Dream.
The last decade of
her long career would see her operating for the Japanese NGO Peace Boat sailing
around the world voyages. She joined Peace Boat in 2012 and continued until the
onset of the pandemic in 2020. In the fall of 2020, Peace Boat announced that
was retiring the Ocean Dream and when its world voyages resume they would be
operated on a newer, larger cruise ship. Princess Cruises’ Sun Princess was
acquired as part of Carnival Corproation's efforts to accelerate the disposal
of older tonnage. The Sun Princess will be renamed the Pacific World to
continue Peace Boat’s world cruises.
Out dated by growth of the industry, she was sold for scrap
The Ocean Dream ex
Tropicale became like many 1980s vintage cruise ships a victim of the pandemic.
Smaller in size and outdated by the growth of the cruise industry, she was sold