MS Sovereign

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MS Sovereign of the Seas.jpg
The ships livery as Sovereign of the Seas anchored off Coco Cay, Bahamas.
Name: Sovereign
Sovereign of the Seas (1987–2008)
Owner: Pullmantur Cruises
Sovereign Of The Seas Inc. (2005–2013)
Royal Caribbean International (1987–2005)
Operator: Pullmantur Cruises
Royal Caribbean International (1987–2008)
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: A29citation needed
Launched: 4 April 1987
Christened: 15 January 1988
Acquired: 19 December 1987
In service: 16 January 1988
Identification: Call sign: 9HUE9
IMO number: 8512281
MMSI no.: 249539000
Status: In service
Notes: 12
General characteristics
Class & type: Lloyd's Register
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: 13

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

In 2006, 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. Her refurbishment in November 2004 was the subject of the Travel Channel mini-series Dry-Dock, A Cruise Ship Reborn.4

Like other RCI ships of similar size, 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. In November 2008 Sovereign of the Seas was transferred to the fleet of Pullmantur Cruises and renamed MS Sovereign. Sovereign set sail on its first voyage with Pullmantur Cruises on March 23, 2009.2

Sovereign of the Seas at anchor in the 1990s.


  1. ^ a b Asklander, Micke. "M/S Sovereign of the Seas (1987)". 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, 1992clarification needed
  4. ^ "Royal Caribbean International - Dry-Dock, A Cruise Ship Reborn - Official Page". Retrieved 2011-05-18. 

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