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Sunday, March 18, 2012

Ocean Dream ex Spirit of London Starts New Service Between Haikou and Vietnam

On January 9th Haikou Xiuying Cruise Terminal welcomed nearly 500 visitors arriving on the cruise ship “Ocean Dream” in Haikou. The Ocean Dream's bow had a beautiful dragon painted on her bow which glistened in the afternoon sum.

The Ocean Dream is expected to operate between Haikou and Vietnam operating an every other day service. The distance between the ports is about 210 nautical miles and requires about 15 hours to sail between the two ports.

The highlight of the cruise is that cruise passengers will be brought to Halong Bay, one of the best-known scenic spot in Vietnam.

The cruise line is expecting to be successful because local tourists are not required to have a passport. A border pass certificate is acceptable for access to Vietnam.

The “Ocean Dream” is operated by Runfeng Ocean (Hong Kong) Deluxe Cruises Limited.

The Ocean Dream has all of the amenities required to cater to 900 passengers in 420 staterooms rooms. She weighs 17,042 tons, measures 573 feet long and 73 feet wide.

The Ocean Dream was built in 1971 as the Spirit of London for P&O Cruises, She later operated as the Starship Majestic for Premier Cruises; the Southern Cross for Australia's CTC Cruises; the Flamenco for Festival Cruises; The New Flamenco for Ravena Shipping and now the Ocean Dream. The ship laid up off Singapore and reportedly sold for scrap. After the scrapping deal fell through, her current owners emerged.

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  1. Ocean Dream (ex Spirit of London) is currently operating out of Laem Chabang Port near Pattaya, Thailand on three day cruises to Cambodia via Ko Samui. The main purpose seems to be making the ships casino available to Thais while 'offshore' - gambling being banned in Thailand.

  2. The ship capsized earlier this week