Cruise ship Ocean Village will make its final call to the island of Tobago in September 2010, it has been announced.

The vessel, which is currently operated by Carnival's Ocean Village brand, will cease operations for the company in Autumn 2010 and transferred to P&O Cruises Australia, where it will be renamed Pacific Pearl.

It will then sail in the Pacific and is unlikely to return to the Caribbean, where it has been based for the past six years.

Residents of Tobago will have to get used to not seeing the ship, which has stopped at the island's port of Scarborough every other week during the peak holiday season.

By the end of 2010, Ocean Village will cease to exist as a cruise brand, having begun operations in 2003 marketing itself as 'the cruise for people who don't do cruises' and promoting a relaxed cruise holiday experience.

This was reflected in its promotion of casual dress, flexible dining times and informal entertainment.

Many of these attributes have now been taken on by other cruise lines, with Royal Caribbean and Carnival moving away from fixed eating times for many of their restaurants.