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More ‘Royal’ ship swapping

Posted by Anita Dunham-Potter On October - 12 - 2007

Royal Caribbean International has confirmed that it will transfer the Sovereign of the Seas to its Spain-based subsidiary company Pullmantur. The transfer is scheduled for October 2008. Currently, Sovereign of the Seas sails from Port Canaveral on three- and four-night Bahamas cruises. Monarch of the Seas, which is currently Los Angeles-based, will transfer to Port Canaveral to take over Sovereign’s sailings.

The Sovereign transfer is the latest in numerous vessel swaps between the two cruise lines. Earlier this year, Pullmantur’s Blue Dream and Blue Moon were transferred to the new Royal Caribbean/Celebrity brand Azamara Cruises, and Celebrity’s Zenith was transferred to Pullmantur in March.  Additionally, Royal Caribbean is set to send Empress of the Seas to Pullmantur in 2008.

When it debuted in 1988, Sovereign of the Seas was the world’s largest cruise ship carrying 2,852 passengers at full occupancy.  The vessel went through a makeover in 2004 to bring the facilities up to date, adding features like a Boleros Latin-themed lounge, a Sorrento’s pizza parlor, an expanded spa and dedicated teen facilities.

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