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  1. I suspect that the Sovereign is chartered by a travel company probably in Brazil that only sells in their their own market. In the 80’s and 90’s Regent Holidays (Transat I think) used to charter The Greek ships Triton and Bolero from one of the Greek lines for the winter season in the Carribean and sell them in Canada only with charter flights included to a Carribean departure port.
  2. Yes, executive chef Jordi Cruz has recently introduced a new Gala menu http://online.fliphtml5.com/tqui/mgyw/
  3. Choose a cruise line that few Americans ,especially very conservative ones would be unlikely to sail on. I have since 2004 when I sailed on a MSC ship that few US cruisers knew anything about. But I was wrong. A British couple we met onboard had your very same experience with some George W Bush supporters in pre-election mode. My five cruises on three different lines have had few Americans aboard. There are a few around,
  4. Hi Plato123: Try googling cruceros Pullmantur. Many online Spanish TA’s eg Logitravel, Nautilia etc have Spanish passenger reviews, although best of luck with the translation.
  5. My experience disembarking from a Spanish ship in Cozumel was very civilized as well. Left the ship at 1430 hrs after lunch and included drinks ( just in time to check into our all-inclusive) as we were the only independent passengers onboard. All other passengers were on late charter flight to Spain or on excursions if they were disembarking the following day in Havana.Embarking passengers (almost 100 %) were still on their way from Madrid.
  6. Here is a nice recent video tour of the Zenith for you lucky people boarding soon.
  7. Actually Pullmantur hasn’t been 100% owned by RCCL since 2016. Springwater Capital of Madrid now owns 51% with RCCL holding the rest.
  8. A 7day roundtrip from Cozumel on Gemini, a 20,000 ton ship which most recently sailed as Celestyal Nefili, but in 2010-2011 was sailing for Spain’s Happy Cruises to Cuba, with a stop at Cuba’s Isla Paraiso, the ultimate deserted Carribean beach, and two nights in Havana. All this 5-6 years before mainstream lines landed in Cuba. Unfortunately, the five month season in Cuba bankrupted the cruise line because of poor marketing and sales. This cruise was niche for my wife and me, as we were the only native English speakers on board and we still had a great time.One of the highlites of the trip for me happened when sailing out of Havana. Sailing in was Fred Olsen’s Braemar, the Gemini’s sister ship. They both originally sailed under the Cunard flag as the Crown Jewel and Crown Dynasty and were the two largest cruise ships built in Spain.
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