Careers can be short for cruise ships. Royal Caribbean will transfer the Sovereign of the Seas, at the age of 20, to its European Pullmantur subsidiary next year. Sovereign was the largest cruise ship in the world when it was launched in 1988, and it’s considered the first mega-ship.
My first cruise was on Sovereign, and the sheer size of the ship blew me away. Though she’s been dwarfed by bigger ships since, I’ve never again had that feeling of sheer wonder when boarding a ship.
A sister ship, Majesty of the Seas, will take over Sovereign’s three- and four-night cruises to the Bahamas out of Port Canaveral in Florida.