The Big Red Boat

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jax fla usa
6 Posts
Joined Apr 2003
the oceanic (big red boat) is back in service in either barcelona or another port in that part of the world she is all white again and has been renamed has been back for a couple of years
Clear Lake Shores, Texas
364 Posts
Joined Aug 2002
You want information, I have information.
Last modification: 02/27/2004 Identification

Register Number: 982D35
IMO Number: 5260679
Ship Name: OCEANIC
OCEANIC (1985)
Call Sign: C61F7
Ship Type: Passenger ship
Connecting District: BV MADRID (MDD)
Port of Registry: NASSAU
Main Class Symbols : I 3/3 E
Service Notations: Passenger ship

Navigation Notations: Deep sea
Additional Class Notation(s):
Machinery: MACH
Type of Survey(s): CSH , CSM (06/2001)
Chain : Ch 80 Q2
Gross Tonnage 69: 38,772 (Estimated)
Net Tonnage 69: 11,631
Gross Tonnage: (Estimated)
Net Tonnage:
Overall Length: 236.00 m
LPP: 213.22 m
Breath: 29.40 m
Depth: 14.70 m
Draught: 8.78 m
Freeboard: 6130 mm
Hull & Cargo
Place of build (Country): MONFALCONE
Year of Build: 1965
Yard N°: 1876
Hull Material: Steel
Nb of Watertight Comp.: 15
Number of Cont. Decks: 11
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LBC: 92,149
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Propelling Type: Steam turbine
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Place of Build (country): AND
Power and rating
Total Power (kW): 39279 kW
Total Power (HP): 53367 HP
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Steam Turbine Engine: 4
Gas Turbine Engine:
Boiler: 4 CHO 288 m² / 55.00 bar
Electrical installation
Power Voltage: 440 V
Lighting Voltage: 220 V
Frequency: 60 Hz
Main Engine Driven Generators:
Steam Generators: 3 - 21039 kVA - 16830 kW
Gas Generators:
Diesel Generators: 2 - 12626 kVA - 10100 kW
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Propellers and propellershafts
Propelling system: 2 Screw Propeller Solid Ord 5.00 at 150 rpm
Speed of the ship
Speed: 27.3 kn
Capacity of bunkers
Fuel Capacity: 6030 m³
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Capt mike

SS Windward 81
Monarch 98
Monarch 99
Monarch 00
Splendour 02
Rhapsody 04
Elation 04

Arvada, CO
319 Posts
Joined Mar 2003
Just like many of you, The Big Red Boat was our family's first cruise. The characters were in fact Looney Tunes characters, so I think it must have been around the time when Disney was no longer affiliated with Premier. We did do 4 days at Disney World followed by a 3 day cruise. That was still the biggest inside quad my family and I have ever stayed in. I can't believe how small that ship is compared to those I have been on since, but we still had a great time. My children still remember their first cruise.

Big Red Boat - 6/97
Ocean Princess - 3/2001
Explorer of the Seas - 3/2003
Star Princess - 03/2005
2 Posts
Joined Mar 2007
I used to be a youth counselor on the Oceanic from 96-97 and then moved up to Assistant Cruise Director and was with the company until it folded in 2000. I miss that ship. It was my whole life for 4 years!!
1,475 Posts
Joined Sep 2006
The BRB (Oceanic) was our 1st cruise and the suite we stayed in wasn't that much bigger than the oceanview cabin we had on the Sovereign, but boy did we think we were big shots! Of course we did have 2 bathrooms. My DD still has great memories from that cruise. I think it'll always be her favorite. Long live the Big Red Boat!
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Rhode Island
1,569 Posts
Joined Sep 2006
It was my first cruise as well! We loved it! In comparison to other ships, it was so small, but I didn't know it then. Ok, (I was single) and I made out with the Elvis impersonator! LOL My GF and I hosted a party on the last night, and couldn't believe how many staff and guest's showed up in the aft lounge. I gotta go find those pics! We had a Maddona impersonator, Elvis, and I can't remember other's but it was awesome. Even the waiter's and crew showed up.

My GF and I were laughing at ourselves, thinking, "Who are we to host a party and invite the staff?" LOL But we did and it was a blast!
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Missed Cruise:
Explorer Of The Seas-
December 2 2007

Past cruises:
Golden Princess
Golden Princess
Carnival Destiny
Big Red Boat

"There's no such thing as too late, that's why they invented death!" Walter Mattthau-Out to Sea
690 Posts
Joined Jul 2006
Hi we did the starShip Oceanic 2 times .also 2 time when she was Home lines Oceanic ! one time on the Majestc and one time on the Atlandic also .All cruise when our boy"s 15 7 16 were very young . great family cruise line .
Mr veendam
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[SIGPIC] Home Lines/Costa /Cunard/ NCL/ HAL/AHC/ Carnival/ Royal Caribbean/ Celberty/Chandris fantasy cruises/ Big Red boat/ Disney/ American family cruise line/ Bermuda Star line/ Regency cruise line/ Ocean cruise line / Commodore cruise line /Princess / Sitmar 76 was on the Carnival Miracle . 77 & 78 will be in the Summer of 2013 back to back cruises on the Carnival Breeze and RCCI"s Allure of the seas
Orlando, Florida
232 Posts
Joined Sep 2006
Originally posted by brn2crz
This should explain some!
Wow, thanks for that link. Very cool to see the ships back then. The Big Red Boat was my third ever cruise when I was a teenager, not long after being on the Dolphin Seabreeze and the Regency line (of which I guess they went out of business too huh?)
Amazing to see the difference in how far the ships have come.
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Previous cruises:
RCCL Sovereign of the Seas 10/26/07
RCCL Mariner of the Seas 3/11/07
RCCL Adventure of the Seas 9/3/06
Carnival Destiny '99
Carnival Paradise '98
Premier The Big Red Boat
First ever cruises were on Regency Sun and Dolphin SeaBreeze - ~80s

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baltimore MD
372 Posts
Joined Feb 2007
The BRB was my first cruise in1989 as well. Back then it was billed the official cruise line of walt disney world and had land/sea vacations packages. In jan1997 I took my Honeymoon on that cruise. Sad to say the marriage sunk like the cruise line.
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Big Red Boat X2
Enchantment of the Seas 10/04
Disney Wonder 1/06
Enchantment Again 5/07
Monarch 5/08
Destiny 5/17/2010
Epic 3/12/2011

delaware county , pa.
376 Posts
Joined Nov 2005
my family sailed on the big red boat way back when but we must have the been the only ones who went on the atlantic. i believe she was the smaller of the two. we had a great time and as many have said thats what got us hooked on cruising. we ended up doing 13 DCL cruises and have switched over to rccl for price and more to do.
Greenville, SC
257 Posts
Joined Jun 2005
The Oceanic was our first cruise too. We went on her for our 10th wedding anniversary. We have fond memories of our first cruise ship
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7/1990 Premier Oceanic
7/2002 Sovereign of the Seas
9/2005 Inspiration
9/2006 Miracle
9/29/2007 Glory
Rhode Island
1,569 Posts
Joined Sep 2006
I found some pics but I have a hard time posting them.

Let's see if this works? Cool! This was my GF Joe, myself, the Captain, several guest's, and all the way around to Opal the CD. She was a sweetheart. I uploaded more pics for some reason didn't get them to come up. This was nov 16th 1999. the Captains name was, (If I can read his signature?) Antonios Psillakis. I'm not sure if the next word is Mustez, or Master. I even found my Elvis picture! LOL
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Missed Cruise:
Explorer Of The Seas-
December 2 2007

Past cruises:
Golden Princess
Golden Princess
Carnival Destiny
Big Red Boat

"There's no such thing as too late, that's why they invented death!" Walter Mattthau-Out to Sea
964 Posts
Joined Jan 2007
I love the Big Red Boat. I went on it in high school with my parents. It was my first cruise as well. My mom is a TA and says so many people thought they were much better then Disney too.
1,146 Posts
Joined Jul 2006
This was our honeymoon cruise!
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March, 2013 Triumph
July, 2012 Destiny
March, 2009 Liberty of the Seas
August, 2007 Mariner of the Seas
June, 2002 Monarch of the Seas
February, 1992 Big Red Boat
July, 1987 Carnival
Kansas City, KS
831 Posts
Joined Apr 2005
It's interesting that this thread has a new life! The Oceanic was my first cruise as you can see in my signature. It didn't seem to have much for my then teen sons, but I became hooked on cruising. That cruise holds a special place in my heart, as it was the last trip that my youngest son took with us-he passed away just 6 months later.

When my older son and I were in the Med in 2003, we saw the stretched Oceanic anchored at Villefranche, France, and were able to identfy the cabin we had back in 1990. So unless somthing has happened to her since then, she is still sailing.

If Pullmantur bought her, and RCI bought Pulmantur, that makes her a part of RCI, if I have the info correct.
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Rhode Island
1,569 Posts
Joined Sep 2006
When a thread is moved, where is it moved too?
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Missed Cruise:
Explorer Of The Seas-
December 2 2007

Past cruises:
Golden Princess
Golden Princess
Carnival Destiny
Big Red Boat

"There's no such thing as too late, that's why they invented death!" Walter Mattthau-Out to Sea
2 Posts
Joined Mar 2007
In the picture above, Opal was not the CD, she was the Social Hostess. She worked for me for 2 years when I was the Assistant Cruise Director. That picture brings back so many memories.
Coastal SC
402 Posts
Joined Apr 2007
Originally posted by love2 travel
We did the Majestic/big red boat for our honeymoon 10-89.

The ship was bought from Princess (still had princess- stamped towels etc).
In '92 we were on the BRB; I think the Oceanic (that sounds so familiar). We were a family of five all in one room. I was 13, my older brother 15 and my younger brother 12. I remember that because I wanted so badly to be in the oldest youth group that was allowed free reign on the ship like my big brother, but instead I was stuck with my little brother with supervision and a curfew. This poster I quoted said that this ship was bought from Princess. Does anyone know if that is correct? We went on a cruise when I was 8 (that would make it '88 or so) and I semi-recall Disney characters on that cruise, but I was so sea-sick I don't remember much but being in bed a lot (I had a top bunk which I think made it worse). For years we had the drink glasses in the cupboard and I think they said Princess but there was no ship name on them. Were the ship names the same as when Premier bought out?
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