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Sovereign

For a fun cruising experience that embraces all things Spanish, look no further than Pullmantur's Sovereign, and with itineraries that focus on showing off the best of the Mediterranean, a holiday on this impressive ship is bound to be one you'll remember for years to come. Whether you're new to cruising or a seasoned traveller, young or old, wanting to relax or prefer to stay active, there's something for everyone when you take a voyage with Pullmantur. From memorable shore excursions to spa pampering sessions and sports court competitions, there's never a dull moment onboard Sovereign.

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Ship Stats and Features

Year Entered Service 01/01/1988
Tonnage 73
Number Of Decks 12
Number Of Pools 2
Crew 820
Refurbished 01/01/2008

Ship Facilities

Boasting several dining options which showcase some of Europe's best dishes, there's no need to worry about going hungry during your cruise, and with formal and casual options available, there's a venue for every occasion.

  • Guadiana Restaurant- serving breakfast, lunch and dinner, this main restaurant is the perfect location for a delicious meal in a comfortable setting.
  • El Duero Restaurant- offering the same menu as the Guadiana Restaurant, this is also a favourite dining venue throughout the day.
  • Panorama Buffet- there's no need to settle on just one dish thanks to this extensive buffet restaurant.
  • Wu Restaurant- available at an extra cost, this fusion restaurant serves up some of Asia's tastiest flavours.
  • The Grill- if you find yourself feeling peckish by the pool you won't have to stray far for snacks and drinks thanks to this ideally located bar and grill restaurant.

Onboard Sovereign, there's no need for the fun to stop once the sun sets and with so much evening entertainment to choose from, you can spend every night somewhere different. For those who enjoy live shows, the theatre hosts a different production every night of your cruise, ranging from standup to magic or dance shows, while others may prefer to try their luck at the onboard casino, where the games tables and slot machines are waiting for you to hit the jackpot.

In addition, there are plenty of bars and lounges where you can spend the evening. If you want to sip on your drink al fresco, the Marina Bar is ideally located out on deck, while the 360 Bar gives you panoramic views even when you're sat inside. For live music, the Spinnaker Piano Bar is perfect, although for guests who want to stay up late into the night, the Zoom Nightclub features a large dance floor and live DJ who will keep you dancing until the early hours of the morning.

Spa and fitness

For those guests who don't want to miss out on the opportunity to exercise, there are plenty of facilities to help with this. If you like to workout alone, the gym is the place to go, complete with all of the machines and free weights you need to raise your heart rate. On the other hand, for those who prefer some competition, the sports courts are an excellent place to challenge others to a game of basketball, tennis or football, while the most adventurous can try their hand at scaling the climbing wall and seeing the ship from new heights.

Alternatively, those who want to take advantage of a cruise holiday to relax and rejuvenate will be delighted by the spa and beauty facilities. Featuring treatment rooms for everything from massages to manicures and pedicures, you'll leave your pampering session feeling brand new.

Recreation

When you're not treating yourself to a massage or trying your hand at some sport, there's plenty more on offer to keep you occupied during your free time on the ship. At the heart of the ship guests will find the Atrium, home to several places to grab a coffee or cold drink as well as a range of shops where you can pick up a holiday treat. However, the hub of action during sea days is found on the pool deck where you can take a dip and then make yourself comfy on the sun loungers, only leaving for a short while to grab a drink and snack from the nearby bar and grill.

Customer reviews for Sovereign

Very disappointing. Was our first ever cruise. If you are English You will struggle on the cruise we went on ( 5 wonders of the med) It’s a very Spanish speaking boat, all the excursions are in Spanish Which is not really explained when booking on board. The digital information boards on board are all in Spanish even the safety rules by the pool are not in English. Not enough for teenagers to do on board ? When you look it states a sports court and a climbing wall No climbing wall and the sports court is an extra charge. If we book another cruise we will study it more carefully and ask more questions when booking to what we can expect???????

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I meant to write this review on our return from our holiday last year mainly as there are very few English perspective reviews of Pulmantur cruises around. However I forgot and have only been prompted by seeing Iglu Cruise are advertising Pulmantur cruises again. My wife and I decided to go on our first cruise in October 2018 and picked the the Five Wonders of the Mediterranean with Pullmantur because we had not been to any of the destinations and the cost was very reasonable for an all-inclusive cruise. Firstly you should be aware that Pulmantur cruises are basically aimed at catering for Spanish holiday makers. Spanish is the first language spoken on the ship and the main evening entertainment is predominently in Spanish, although some effort is made to translate some in to English and French (not German though). That said we didn't have an issue at all with that. The crew were international (about 25-40 different nationalities including a Russian captain) and almost all spoke English. There was no problem ordering from the bar, booking excursions or finding your way around. There was also an officer in charge of international customers (of which there were just over 100 I think) and there were some briefings held in English and French). If you want to go on excursions they do run English language ones at each port, but if you book in advance of travelling, you may find it changed to a different but similar one on board ship as they need a critical number of passengers booked to run it. We were told that there would always be an English speaking trip run at each port and that was our experience. We also found the trips to be excellent. (We visited Barcelona before departure, Naples and Pompeii, Rome, Florence, Pisa, Monaco and Monte Carlo, Nice and Sete). We don't have anything to compare it with, but thought the Sovereign was a lovely ship, a little tired in places, but still vibrant and elegant. It is an older ship, built in the eighties, but since refurbished and at the time it was commissioned, I think, the largest sailing. It has all the amenities that we would expect on a cruise ship, with several choices for dining, with a buffet restaurant, grill on one of the sun decks, more formal main restaurant (which runs two sittings, you will be allocated a time when you book) and speciality restaurants which we didn't use. We found the food and drinks to be excellent especially as the all-inclusive was included in the cost. There are several varied bars as well and a small casino. We had booked a junior suite (basically all the cabins with balconies were junior suites or better), but the cost was still reasonable. It also had the advantage of priority boarding and disembarkation at the beginning and end of the cruise, and included membership of 'the waves' club which allowed access to a private bar and restaurant for breakfast which was a bonus. We found staff to be helpful and friendly, especially the cabin steward and waiters in the main restaurant. So we had a really fantastic experience and couldn't fault it. However I appreciate it may not be for everyone. The buffet did seem to get very crowded at peak times (we waited for the rush to die down) and the lack of English speaking at the main entertainment may be an issue for some. Also we have not sailed with the major league cruise lines yet, so this may not meet seasoned cruisers' expectations. You will have to ask Iglu for their advice on that.

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The Cruise was brilliant and the staff were fantastic, very kind and friendly. The food was outstanding. Have already recommended to friends.



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