Yes beer, wine and well drinks are free. We cruised on the Sovereign last spring and I was happy with the value. It's an old ship as I believe all of their fleet is, but that was okay with me as I care about itinerary and price. We booked through VtoGo and it worked fine. I also left a message with Pullmantur and they called me. VtoGo had the better deal. Breakfast was buffet style as was lunch on our sea day. The food at lunch was good. We were crammed in the dining room for lunch and dinner was tight as well. I would definitely sail with them again. Most of the passengers speak Spanish. The staff speaks English. Unless your excursions have at least 10 English speakers, it will not be in English. That was not a problem for us. We would ask the tour guide where and when to meet and then see the exhibits on our own.