Ocean Dream (1972 ship)

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This article is about the Norwegian cruise ship "Ocean Dream". For the Australian cruise ship "Ocean Dream", see Ocean Dream (1982 ship).
"MS Southern Cross" redirects here. For other uses, see Southern Cross (disambiguation).
Launching 1972.jpg
Spirit of London after being launched in 1972.
Flag of Norway.svgNorway
Name: Seaward
Owner: Norwegian Cruise Line
Ordered: Klosters Rederi A/S
Builder: Cantieri Navali del Tirreno & Riuniti
Yard number: 290
Laid down: 1970
Identification: IMO number: 7211517, MMSI: 667003230
British Red EnsignUnited Kingdom
Name: Spirit of London
Owner: P&O Cruises
Port of registry: Canada, Alaska, Mexico
Launched: 11 May 1972
Completed: autumn 1972
Acquired: 30 March 1971
Maiden voyage: 11 October 1972
Fate: transferred to Princess Cruises 1974
Notes: The first diesel powered P&O's liner
Name: Sun Princess
Owner: Princess Cruises
Port of registry: Caribbean, Mexican Riviera, Alaska
Acquired: 1974
Fate: sold to Noel Shipping Ltd./Premier Cruises 1988
Notes: Part of the Love Boat fleet
Name: Starship Majestic
Owner: Premier Cruises
Port of registry: Cozumel, Mexico, Great Guana Cay, Bahamas
Route: Port Canaveral to Bahamas
Acquired: 22 September 1988
Fate: Chartered to CTC Lines 1994. 19 December 1996, Premier Cruises sold the ship to Bowyers Maritime Corporation.
Notes: Renamed Majestic, but after a $6 million refit in Lloyd Werft shipyard, she was renamed Starship Majestic.
Name: Southern Cross
Owner: CTC Lines
Port of registry: Birkenhead, Caribbean, Tilbury, Greenock, Liverpool, Bristol, Australia
Acquired: July 1995
Fate: sold to Festival Cruises 1998

In February 1995, the ship sailed from the Caribbean to Birkenhead in order to be refitted by Coast Line.

Her casino was reduced in size to create a new Verandah Lounge, a library and a bar.
Owner: Bowyers Maritime Corporation
Acquired: 1996
Fate: sold as early as 15 January 1997 to Festival Cruises for $25 million.
Name: Flamenco
Owner: Festival Cruises
Acquired: 1997
Fate: sold to Cruise Elysia 2004 for $12.25 million
Notes: $9 million 45 day refit to meet the Festival standard.
Name: New Flamenco
Owner: Cruise Elysia
Acquired: 2004
Fate: sold to Club Cruise 2008 for £26 million
Flag of Panama.svgPanama
Name: Flamenco-1
Owner: Club Cruise
Acquired: 2008
Fate: sold at auction 2010 for $3.4 million
Notes: Callsign : 3EAO9
Flag of Sierra Leone.svgSierra Leone
Name: Ocean Dream
Owner: Runfeng Ocean Deluxe Cruises
Route: Haikou, China to Halong Bay, Vietnam
Acquired: 2012
Notes: Call Sign: 9LY2427
Flag of Togo.svgTogo
Name: MV Ocean Dream
Owner: Ocean Dream Cruise (Thailand) Co. Ltd.
Route: Pattaya, Koh kong, Sihanoukville
Acquired: 2013
Status: In Active service as of 2014
Notes: Call Sign: 9LY2427
General characteristics
Class & type: Cruise ship
Type: Passenger Ship
Tonnage: 17,042 gross register tons (GRT)[1]
Length: 163.30 metres (535.8 ft)[2]
Beam: 22.80 metres (74.8 ft)[2]
Draught: 7.0 m
Draft: 67
Installed power: 4 x FIAT 133,248 kilowatts (178,689 hp)
Speed: 20.5 knots
Crew: 390
Notes: designed by Knud E. Hansen

Spirit of London is an Italian built cruise ship put into service in 1972. In January 2012, Runfeng Ocean Deluxe Cruises (Chinese: 香港润峰豪华邮轮公司) took over as operator, renaming the ship Ocean Dream (Chinese: 海洋之梦; pinyin: hăiyángzhīmèng).[3]

Delayed construction[edit]

The vessel was originally ordered in 1970 by Norwegian Caribbean Line as Seaward. The shipyard, Cantieri Navali del Tirreno & Riuniti, encountered financial troubles and was consequently taken over by the IRI Group, who canceled the building contract of Seaward. After much protest from NCL the IRI Group agreed to partially complete the vessel. Despite this Norwegian Caribbean sold the hull to P&O, who would complete the Seaward as Spirit of London.[4]

Due to being originally ordered for Norwegian Caribbean Line Spirit of London had a sister ship in the NCL fleet, Southward. Both vessels superstructures are identical, however the funnels differed. Although Southward is smaller in tonnage than Spirit of London, both are 537 feet long.[5]


In 1974, P&O bought Princess Cruises and transferred Spirit of London to their fleet, with Princess operating her as Sun Princess, alongside Island Princess and Pacific Princess.

1988 saw the sale of Sun Princess by P&O to Premier Cruises, where it was initially named Majestic, becoming Starship Majestic in 1989 which included refurbishment of her interior. The majority of the Columbo episode "Troubled Waters" was filmed in the interior of the ship, creating a video time capsule (1975) of the ships history before her refurbishment. In 1994, she was purchased by CTC and was renamed Southern Cross. She was renamed again in 1998 when Festival Cruises began operating her as Flamenco. When Festival Cruises collapsed in 2004,[citation needed] she was sold for $12.25 million at a bankruptcy auction to Cruise Elysia, who renamed her New Flamenco. In 2007 Club Cruise acquired New Flamenco.[6] Club Cruise had New Flamenco serve as a hotel ship in New Caledonia until they failed in late 2008. The vessel was sold for scrap after over a year of lay up off Singapore.[7] As of January 2012 it was reported that the ship was renamed Ocean Dream with a dragon painted on her bow. Her operators are listed as Runfeng Ocean Deluxe Cruises and she will be operating cruises from Haikou, China to Halong Bay, Vietnam.[8][9]

In popular culture[edit]

The ship appeared in the 1975 Columbo episode "Troubled Waters", guest starring Robert Vaughn, as well as in Herbie Goes Bananas (1980). The majority of the "Troubled Waters" was filmed in the interior of the ship, creating a video time capsule of the ships history from the start of her life. She was also featured in the original 1976 TV movie of The Love Boat and at least one episode involving a competition between Captain Stubing of Pacific Princess and the captain of Sun Princess.

External links[edit]


  1. ^ "Ocean Dream (7211517)". Equasis. French Ministry for Transport. Retrieved 2012-Apr-28. (registration required (help)).  Check date values in: |access-date= (help)
  2. ^ a b Asklander, Micke. "M/S SPIRIT OF LONDON.". Fakta om Fartyg. Retrieved 29 April 2012. 
  3. ^ "Haikou-Vietnam cruise route to be resumed with 'Ocean Dream' cruise liner". What's On Sanya. 2011-01-11. Retrieved 2013-12-23. 
  4. ^ "FlamencoPCs". Simplonpc.co.uk. Retrieved 2010-12-12. 
  5. ^ "Rio: Rio Cruises". Ship Parade.com. Retrieved 2010-12-12. 
  6. ^ "Spirit of London - Sun Princess - StarShip Majestic - Southern Cross - Flamenco - New Flamenco". Simplonpc.co.uk. Retrieved 2010-12-12. 
  7. ^ "Alang Autumnal". Maritime Matters. 2010-11-20. Retrieved 2010-12-12. 
  8. ^ "OCEAN DREAM Spirited To Haikou". Maritime Matters. 2012-01-11. Retrieved 2012-01-15. 
  9. ^ "Haikou-Vietnam cruise route to resume service". whatsonsanya.com. 2012-01-11. Retrieved 2012-01-15. []