MS Sovereign

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For other ships of this name, see Sovereign of the Seas.
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MS Sovereign docked at Livorno, Italy in 2013.
Name: Sovereign
Sovereign of the Seas (1988–2008)
Owner: Pullmantur Cruises
Sovereign Of The Seas Inc. (2005–2013)
Royal Caribbean International (1988–2008)
Operator: Pullmantur Cruises
Royal Caribbean International (1988–2008)
Port of registry: 1987-2005: Oslo,  Norway
2005-2008: Nassau,  Bahamas
2008 onwards: Valletta,  Malta
Builder: Chantiers de l'Atlantique
St. Nazaire, France
Yard number: A29[citation needed]
Christened: 15 January 1988
Maiden voyage: January 16, 1988 as Sovereign of the Seas
March 23, 2009 as Sovereign
In service: 16 January 1988
Identification: Call sign: 9HUE9
IMO number: 8512281
MMSI no.: 249539000
Status: In service
Notes: [1][2]
General characteristics
Class and type: Sovereign-class cruise ship
Tonnage: 73,192 GT
7,283 DWT
Length: 268.33 m (880.35 ft)
Beam: 32.21 m (105.68 ft)
Draft: 7.55 m (24.77 ft)
Installed power: Four 9-cylinder Pielstick-Alsthom diesel engines
21,844 kW (combined)
Propulsion: Two controllable pitch propellers
Two bow thrusters
Speed: 21.5 knots (39.8 km/h; 24.7 mph)
Capacity: 2,852 passengers
Notes: [1][3]

MS Sovereign (formerly MS Sovereign of the Seas) is one of three large cruise ships of the Sovereign class operated by Pullmantur Cruises and formerly by Royal Caribbean International. At the time of her maiden voyage on January 16, 1988, at 73,192 GT, she was the largest cruise ship to be built since the Queen Elizabeth. She was initially based at the Port of Miami.

Her refurbishment in November 2004 was the subject of the Travel Channel mini-series Dry-Dock, A Cruise Ship Reborn.[4] Throughout her time with Royal Caribbean she sailed three- and four-night cruises to the Bahamas out of Port Canaveral, Florida. These cruises visited Coco Cay, one of RCI's privately owned islands, in the Berry Islands group.

In November 2008 Sovereign of the Seas was transferred to the fleet of Pullmantur Cruises after serving for Royal Caribbean International for 20 years, a Royal Caribbean Cruises LTD subsidiary and renamed MS Sovereign. Sovereign set sail on its first voyage with Pullmantur Cruises on March 23, 2009.[2] Similar to other Sovereign-class ships, Sovereign has a multi-deck atrium lobby called the Centrum, and a top-deck, funnel-mounted Viking Crown Lounge with panoramic views of the sea. The ship features 9 bars, 5 restaurants, 4 pools, spa, casino, and many other amenities.[5]



  1. ^ a b Asklander, Micke. "M/S Sovereign of the Seas (1988)". Fakta om Fartyg (in Swedish). Retrieved 2008-11-05. 
  2. ^ a b "Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. Transfers Royal Caribbean International Ship to Pullmantur". Retrieved 2009-01-25. 
  3. ^ Lloyd's Register of Ships, 1992[clarification needed]
  4. ^ "Royal Caribbean International - Dry-Dock, A Cruise Ship Reborn - Official Page". Retrieved 2011-05-18. 
  5. ^ "SOVEREIGN Technical Data". Pullmantur. Retrieved June 2, 2014. 

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