Carnival Tropicale ship??

Welcome to Cruise Critic! If you'd like to participate on our forums by joining in the conversation, please Register Now! Be sure to visit our FAMOUS Roll Call forums, where you can meet other cruisers sailing with you and share a tour or shore excursion and SAVE MONEY!

What Ever Happened To........???
A place to discuss the glorious past of cruising...the ships, the people, the cruise lines, the ports that bring back those wonderful memories.
Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts
BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
All times are GMT -4.
The time now is 05:13 AM.
#1
Tampa
17 Posts
Joined Jan 2009
The first ship I cruise was Tropicale and Hurricane George was heading in for US. But we had a wonderful time and weather was perfect.

But it was a couple years later I last heard of Tropicale ship or seen in Tampa port.

Then Sensation, Fascination, and Celebration was tampa ships
Expand Signature
Collapse Signature
Carnival Tropicale 1998 (10th Anniversary)
Carnival Liberty 2007 (20th Anniversary)
Carnival Sensation 2009 (Thanksgiving cruise)

#2
Lincoln CA USA, 95648
12,739 Posts
Joined Aug 2000
I believe Tropicale became Costa Tropicale, and is now in Europe.
Expand Signature
Collapse Signature
Michael
#3
Stamford, Connecticut
3,400 Posts
Joined Jun 2004
I believe Tropicale became Costa Tropicale, and is now in Europe.
That was correct, until 2005 when Costa trasferred CostaTropicale to P&O Australia which named her Pacific Star and based her out of Singapore.

In late 2008, however, P&O Australia abbruptly sold her to Pullmantur who will call her Ocean Dream and use her in and around Aruba.

30 years is late middle age for a cruise ship, and the "old Tropicale" is 28!
The lack of private verandahs (only her top suites have them) dates her badly, although otherwise she appears to be in great shape
Expand Signature
Collapse Signature
Contact Stan & Jim here
#4
Falcon - Western Australia, 100km south of Perth.
16 Posts
Joined Jan 2009
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.
Expand Signature
Collapse Signature
BrianJL
Brian and Florence

#5
Huntington, WVa usa
132 Posts
Joined Jun 2002
I remember being on the Carnivale July of 1981 and the chatter among the ships crew was the building on a new very modern ship, Tropicale. Time does fly. Almost 28 years ago
Expand Signature
Collapse Signature
Ivan
1981 Carnivale
1986 Royale
1987 Oceanic
1994 Holiday
1996 Sensation
1998 Destiny
1999 Ecstasy
2000 Grandeur of the Seas
2002 Pride
2005 Destiny
#6
Long Beach Ca
1,130 Posts
Joined Jan 2006
I remember when Tropical came to the west coast. She caused a stir and stoped traffic in the port of L.A. This was in the Early 80s. I never sailed on her, But did go onboard a couple times. This was before all the security they have today.

Tom in Long Beach.
Expand Signature
Collapse Signature
Twenty Eight
Carnival Inspiration 4 day Baja, Fun in the sun.

Twenty seven
Carnival Magic Gala & 6 Day , Thanks P.K.
11/13/2011

Twenty six
Carnival Spirit 6 day double Cabo, 01/03/2011

Twenty five
QM2, two for one Westbound Atlantic Crossing
10/19/2010

Twenty four
04/30/2010 CARNIVAL ELATION Panama Canal
15 days

Twenty-three 01/07/2010 CARNIVAL DESTINY (Key West to see the 5 toed Cats)

Twenty-two 12/07/2009 Dirt cheap Cruise # 2 CARNIVAL ELATION 4 DAY

Twenty-one 11/13/09 CARNIVAL DREAM CRUISE TO NOWHERE

Twenty 10/12/09 CARNIVAL PARADISE
dirt cheap quick get away.

Nineteen 08/09 CARNIVAL SPIRIT (ALASKA) aft wrap suite
(cause my honey is worth it)

Eighteen 03/24/09 CARNIVAL SPENDOR CRUISE TO NOWHERE !! Thanks P.K.

Seventeen 01/02/09 PARADISE
(working my way to Platinum in a 1a)
Cruise with Uncle John

Sixteen 03/23/08 CARNIVAL PRIDE 7 day
Fifteen 01/03/08 ELATION 4 day
Fourteen 08/26/07 Queen Elizabeth 2 (5 day)
Thirteen04/07 4 day Paradise
Twelve 02/06 QM2 11 day Hawaii
Eleven02/06 QM2 3 day meeting of the Queens
Ten 01/06 QE2 Trans-Atlantic
Nine 01/05 Regal Empress 2 day
Eight 05/04 QM2 8 day Carib. from N.Y.
Seven 04/04 Monarch of the Seas 4 day Mexico
2000 to present waiter on the Queen Mary.
Six 11/99 S.S. Norway 7 day Carib.
Five 10/98 Rembrandt (ex Rotterdam) 13 day Trans-At.
1996-97 Titanic Movie ( as model maker)
Four 11/95 Holiday 3 day Mexico
Three 04/95 S.S. Rotterdam 14 day World Cruise segment
Two 04/92 S.S. Rotterdam 8 day to Hawaii
1988-1989 waiter on the Queen Mary
One 09/79 Sun Princess 3 day party cruise
#8
El Dorado Hills, CA
995 Posts
Joined Oct 2006
I was on her twice. Once in the spring of 1982 on a Mexican Riviera cruise and once in the Caribbean. Funny, on the Mexico cruise DH and I sailed with another couple. Just last week the other couple sent a photo of all of us the the ship and asked if I remembered the trip. Oh yea, we had a fun time. She was so modern for the time!
#9
Chicago, IL, USA
1,935 Posts
Joined Jul 2000
In late April, I did a Southern Caribbean cruise on the Caribbean Princess. The Ocean Dream (former Tropicale) was docked in Barbados and St. Lucia when were there. Other than the new funnel from her Costa days, the exterior of the ship has not changed much. However, it was interesting how small and dated this ship looked. When this ship entered service, it was one of the very first large (at that time, large was over 30,000 tons) modern cruise ships. Ships have certainly changed since the early 1980s.

Chuck
Expand Signature
Collapse Signature
546 days - 86 cruises - 64 ships

Princess (120 days, 18 cruises); Royal Caribbean (116 days, 21 cruises); Cunard (105 days, 17 cruises); Norwegian (53 days, 8 cruises); Celebrity (51 days, 8 cruises); Crystal (43 days, 5 cruises); Holland America (38 days, 5 cruises); Other (20 days, 4 cruises)

Future cruises: Independence of the Seas, Aug. 12, 2017 (8-day Spain/France); Empress of the Seas, Nov. 16, 2017 (4-day Bahamas); Crown Princess, Feb. 23, 2018 (8-day Southern Caribbean); Anthem of the Seas, April 28, 2018 (5-day Bermuda); Queen Victoria, Sep. 22, 2018 (7-day Mediterranean)


Areas cruised to: Alaska; Asia (Hong Kong, Japan, Singapore, South Korea, Thailand); Australia; Bahamas; Bermuda; Canada/New England; Caribbean; Greek Islands; Hawaii; Mediterranean; Mexican Riviera; Norway; Pacific Coastal; Panama Canal; Scandinavia/Russia; Spain/Portugal; Tahiti; Transatlantic Crossings
#10
Bluffton, SC
100 Posts
Joined Aug 2007
My second cruise (first on Carnival) was on the Tropicale...In fact, I just found a bunch of photos from that trip for the slideshow at my wedding reception...We had so much fun on that trip!
Expand Signature
Collapse Signature




1991 - Royal Caribbean Nordic Empress
1992 - Carnival Tropicale
2003 - Carnival Pride
2007 - Carnival Sensation
2008 - Carnival Destiny
2009 - Carnival Fascination
#11
NW FL
187 Posts
Joined Sep 2005
My first cruise was on the Tropicale - she taught me to LOVE cruising! Trip was out of Tampa to Grand Cayman and Cancun. The rain began to pour as we entered GC - it was the first day of monsoon season, but we had fun at the Turtle Farm, Hell and Sting Ray City. I had flown in to dive in Cancun lots of times but it seemed so different coming in by sea. And the salemen there were so pushy at the dock that I have never wanted to go back.
Expand Signature
Collapse Signature
Ga-Fl Peach
Bev. in FL

2012 Feb 18 Carnival Dream Cozumel, Belize, Roatan, Costa Maya
2011 Dec 3 Carnival Dream Nassau, St Thomas, St Maarten
2011 Feb 19 Carnival Fascination Half Moon Cay, Nassau
2010 Dec 5 Carnival Miracle Gr Turk, DomRep, Aruba, Curaco
2010 Oct 7 Carnival Fascination Freeport, Nassau
2010 Feb 13 Carnival Freedom Coz. Costa Rica, Panama
2009 Nov 8 Carnival Legend Gr. Cayman, Coz. Belize, Roatan 10th Carnival cruise!
2009 Aug 24 Carnival Holiday
2008 Sep 14 Princess Star, Seattle to Alaska
2008 Apr 26 Carnival Glory St Thomas/Martin Nassau
2008 Mar 1 Carnival Liberty, Nassau, San Juan, St Thomas, Tortola, Antigua
2007 Oct 1 Carnival Celebration again!
2007 Apr Royal Caribbean Vision LA to Vancouver; Sea Socks Knitting Cruise
2007 Jan 27 Carnival Celebration Bahamas, Key West
2006 Oct 23 Carnival Holiday W. Caribbean
2006 Sep 2 Carnival Glory E Caribbean
2005 Aug 21 Carnival Conquest, W. Caribbean-Katrina cruise New Orleans back to Galveston?
2004 Dec NCL Dream W. Caribbean
2004 Jun Princess Dawn Alaska
2003 Sep 13 Royal Caribbean Grandeur of the Seas New England
1998 May 23 Carnival Tropicale W. Caribbean
#12
Texan living in Colombia, South America
210 Posts
Joined Aug 2009
I'm taking my first cruise in January and it will be on this ship. It is now "Ocean Dream" through Pullmantur. I have done some research and realize it is an older ship but it was renovated in 2005 so I am hoping that should help. Plus since we have never been on a cruise before maybe we won't notice. Our 7 night route will start in Cartagena, Colombia and we will travel on to Santa Marta, Colombia; Aruba; Bonair; Margarita Island, Venezula; Curacao and then enjoy one day at sea before returning to Cartagena.

For anyone who has been on this ship, how bad does it rock? Will we likely get sea sick? We will be on deck 5 in an interior room.

Oh and here is a video of how she is looking currently:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Chf_FLydnRQ
#13
City of Angels, CA
27,517 Posts
Joined May 2005


ms Tropicale (1981-present) Built in 1981 as Tropicale by Aalborg Værft A/S, Aalborg, Denmark for Carnival Cruise Line. She was the first of Carnival’s “new builds”, as all Carnival ships before her were older ships, either purchased or chartered from other companies. Tropicale became the prototype of all future Carnival ships and was also the first Carnival ship to feature their trademarks, a distinctive tall and winged “whale-tail” funnel painted red, white and blue, as well as a water slide into the midships pool.


As the company expanded and acquired larger ships, Carnival decided that Tropicale would be their 'test ship' for new or revised cruise itineraries and, as such, she was the first Carnival ship to be based in San Juan, PR, New Orleans, La, Seward, Alaska and Tampa, Fl. She operated out of Tampa, Fl on four-night cruises to Key West, Fl and Cozumel, Mexico and five-night cruises to Grand Cayman and Cozumel. She was also used on the U.S. west coast out of Los Angeles (San Pedro) for cruises to the Mexican Riviera in the winter and to Alaska in the summer season.





In 2000, she received an internal transfer to Italy-based Costa Cruises and subsequently underwent refits in Genoa, Italy over the course of 2001 and 2002 where she was customized for a European client base. She served with the company until 2005, when replacement by larger, more modern cruise ships prompted a transfer to P&O Cruises Australia.




She was given another refit to the tune of $20 million, making her suitable for the Australian cruise market.
__________________
Expand Signature
Collapse Signature
email - [email protected]

Total days onboard:
Holland America Line: 1,548

Royal Caribbean International: 83
Princess Cruise Line: 31
Cunard Line: 15
Carnival Cruise Line: 10
#14
City of Angels, CA
27,517 Posts
Joined May 2005
In December 2005, she entered service with P & O Australia Cruises as Pacific Star, home-based at Brisbane from where she cruised Queensland’s coastline as well as the South Pacific Islands of Fiji, New Caledonia, Vanuatu, the Loyalty Islands and onto New Zealand.



She was acquired by Spain-based tour operator (and Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd subsidiary) Pullmantur Cruises in March 2008 and after yet another refit in Singapore, is currently cruising for them as Ocean Dream.
Expand Signature
Collapse Signature
email - [email protected]

Total days onboard:
Holland America Line: 1,548

Royal Caribbean International: 83
Princess Cruise Line: 31
Cunard Line: 15
Carnival Cruise Line: 10
#15
NW FL
187 Posts
Joined Sep 2005
I just returned this afternoon from cruising on the old Tropicale's sister ship - the Holiday out of Mobile, Alabama. It really brought back memories of sailing on the Tropicale and was a wonderful 5 day cruise to Cozumel and Calica/Playa de Carmen! Several cruisers said the Holiday reminded them of cruising on the grand old ships of yesterday.
November 10th (2009) a newer ship, the Fantasy will be the ship Carnival uses for the Mobile venue. So if you want a wonderful cruise, take the Holiday before she is gone.
Expand Signature
Collapse Signature
Ga-Fl Peach
Bev. in FL

2012 Feb 18 Carnival Dream Cozumel, Belize, Roatan, Costa Maya
2011 Dec 3 Carnival Dream Nassau, St Thomas, St Maarten
2011 Feb 19 Carnival Fascination Half Moon Cay, Nassau
2010 Dec 5 Carnival Miracle Gr Turk, DomRep, Aruba, Curaco
2010 Oct 7 Carnival Fascination Freeport, Nassau
2010 Feb 13 Carnival Freedom Coz. Costa Rica, Panama
2009 Nov 8 Carnival Legend Gr. Cayman, Coz. Belize, Roatan 10th Carnival cruise!
2009 Aug 24 Carnival Holiday
2008 Sep 14 Princess Star, Seattle to Alaska
2008 Apr 26 Carnival Glory St Thomas/Martin Nassau
2008 Mar 1 Carnival Liberty, Nassau, San Juan, St Thomas, Tortola, Antigua
2007 Oct 1 Carnival Celebration again!
2007 Apr Royal Caribbean Vision LA to Vancouver; Sea Socks Knitting Cruise
2007 Jan 27 Carnival Celebration Bahamas, Key West
2006 Oct 23 Carnival Holiday W. Caribbean
2006 Sep 2 Carnival Glory E Caribbean
2005 Aug 21 Carnival Conquest, W. Caribbean-Katrina cruise New Orleans back to Galveston?
2004 Dec NCL Dream W. Caribbean
2004 Jun Princess Dawn Alaska
2003 Sep 13 Royal Caribbean Grandeur of the Seas New England
1998 May 23 Carnival Tropicale W. Caribbean
#16
Georgia
14,560 Posts
Joined Jun 2003
Carnvial Tropicale was my first cruise also. We took her in October 98-it was a 4 day to Cozumel and key West. We loved her-and although we have been on much better ships-we have a soft spot in our hearts for her-after all-it was she who got us addicted to cruising.
Expand Signature
Collapse Signature
ONE HUNDRED DAYS ON A CRUISE SHIP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
146 days total.
Celebrity -40 days
Holland America-23 days
Carnival -21 days
Royal Caribbean- 19 days
NCL-18 days
Princess -21 days
Disney-4 days

I have cruised the Caribbean, east, west and southern; Alaska, Bermuda, a transatlantic which included North west Europe and East coast Canada, the Med., and a California coastal/Baja. I loved them all!
#17
Where ever my motor home is parked - currently Texas!
3,048 Posts
Joined Feb 2006
Tropicale was also my first - out of New Orleans with DH and 2 sons. What a great vacation we had. Thanks for the memories!
Expand Signature
Collapse Signature






Royal Caribbean Liberty of the Seas -16
Celebrity Reflection -15
Carnival Breeze -13
NCL Epic - 13***1st TA!
Carnival Valor - 12
Carnival Miracle - 10
Carnival Freedom - 09
NCL Sun - 06
Costa Atlantica - 05
Carnival Triumph - 00
Princess Grand Princess - 99
Carnival Tropicale - 95
#18
Byram, MS
820 Posts
Joined Dec 2004
I never sailed on the Tropicale, but I happened to watch the "A-Team" conning their way onto her for a trip from Sicily to the US. So I got curious, whether she was a "real" cruise ship in the 80's.
Expand Signature
Collapse Signature
Susan

Carnival Dream - Western Caribbean - 12/11/2016
Carnival Fantasy - Western Caribbean - 11/14/2016
Costa Luminosa - Western Caribbean - 3/17/2014
Monarch of the Seas - B2B2B Bahamas - 12/4+7+11/2009
Monarch of the Seas - B2B Bahamas - 9/11+14/2009
Island Princess - Panama Canal - 11/16/2008
Monarch of the Seas - Bahamas - 10/3/2008
Coral Princess - Panama Canal - 12/2/2006
Island Princess - Hawaii - 3/20/2005
SV Legacy - Virgin Islands - 3/2001
#19
Massachusetts
196 Posts
Joined Oct 2008
Tropicale was my second cruise, 5 days out of Tampa. I was on board this ship in 1999. I enjoyed every second of that cruise, her age really did not matter...it was a great time!!
Expand Signature
Collapse Signature
"If you can read this...thank a teacher"

July, 1998 Carnival Fascination
April, 2000 Carnival Tropicale
July, 2000 Premier SeaBreeze
July, 2003 Carnival Victory
July, 2004 Carnival Victory
August, 2005 Norwegian Majesty
October, 2007 RCI Majesty of the Sea
November, 2008 Carnival Liberty
July, 2009 Norwegian Spirit
November, 2009 Celebrity Mercury
April, 2010 RCI Explorer of the Sea
February, 2011 RCI Explorer of the Sea
September, 2011 Norwegian Jewel
June 2012, Carnival Glory
October 2012, RCI Explorer of the Sea
June 2013, RCI Explorer of the Sea
October 2013, RCI Explorer of the Sea
#20
Houston, TX
2,401 Posts
Joined May 2004
During its last year in service under the Carnival flag, the Tropicale was the laughing stock of the cruise industry. After every cruise, reporters gathered at the Port of Tampa to interview disgruntled passengers. Toilets regularly backed up into the hallways, air conditioning quit working, crew members argued with passengers ... but Carnival rarely cancelled a sailing. They just patched it up and sent it out again. Sometime in 2000, I believe, the Miracle joined the fleet for the 7-night cruises, and the Inspiration was moved to the 4- and 5-nighters. From that point on, it's had several identities, and is currently doing runs in the southern Caribbean as the Ocean Dream. It was more like a nightmare when in Tampa!