- Marketed primarily to Spanish speakers
- Spain-based, owned by Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd.
- Spanish influence means early seating dinner is at 8 p.m.
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Pullmantur Fleet (2)
A trio of ships joined the fleet in 2008, replacing older hardware whose time had come.
The 48,563-ton, 1,602-passenger Empress was built in 1990 as Nordic Empress, which later became Royal Caribbean's Empress of the Seas. Cabins are smaller than on most other Pullmantur ships, but there are more balconies, and the ship brings the company its first atrium and first two-deck dining room.
Sovereign, formerly Royal Caribbean's 1988-built Sovereign of the Seas, was transferred to Pullmantur in November 2008. The 73,192-ton, 2,276-passenger ship is widely acknowledged as the world's first mega-ship.
In 2009, Pullmantur introduced the 46,811-ton, 1,875 passenger Pacific Dream, which most recently sailed for the U.K.-based Island Cruises as Island Star. Also joining the fleet in 2008 was Ocean Dream, which formerly sailed as P&O Cruises Australia's 33,250-ton, 1,022-passenger Pacific Star. Built in 1981 as Tropicale, the ship had a massive refit in 2001 when it moved to the Costa fleet as Costa Tropicale, and consequently has unusually modern, stylish interiors for a Pullmantur ship. Large cabins are another feature in common with many of the company's other ships, as is an abundance of open deck space.
Needless to say, the main onboard language is Spanish, but since the ships are also marketed in Northern Europe, printed materials and such do come in English, and international passengers are welcome. That said, non-Spanish speakers are certainly in the minority, so this is a cruise line best for those who speak Spanish or don't mind being around a lot of people with whom they don't share a common language. (The crew, however, speaks English.)
While Pullmantur is certainly not a luxury cruise line, most passengers seem happy with the product and appreciate the good value it represents.