MS Sovereign docked at Livorno, Italy, in 2015.
|Owner:||Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd.|
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|Laid down:||June 10, 1986|
|Launched:||April 4, 1987|
|Christened:||January 15, 1988|
|Completed:||December 18, 1987|
|In service:||January 16, 1988|
|Class and type:||Sovereign-class cruise ship|
|Length:||268.32 m (880 ft 4 in)|
|Beam:||32.2 m (105 ft 8 in)|
|Draft:||7.8 m (25 ft 7 in)|
|Speed:||21.5 knots (39.8 km/h; 24.7 mph)|
In 1998 and 1999, the Royal Caribbean International cruise company was fined US$9 million because Sovereign of the Seas had repeatedly dumped oily waste into the ocean and tried to hide this using false records, including fake piping diagrams given to the US Coast Guard. Because the company was and is incorporated in Liberia, Royal Caribbean argued that this case was not in the jurisdiction of US courts.
Her refurbishment in November 2004 was the subject of the Travel Channel mini-series Dry-Dock, A Cruise Ship Reborn. Throughout her time with Royal Caribbean she sailed cruises to the Bahamas and the Caribbean out of Miami and 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, a Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd subsidiary, and renamed MS Sovereign. Sovereign set sail on its first voyage with Pullmantur Cruises on March 23, 2009. Similar to other ships in the same class, Sovereign has a multi-deck atrium lobby and a top-deck, funnel-mounted lounge with panoramic views of the sea. The ship's facilities include nine bars, five restaurants, four pools, a spa and a casino.
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