Top 10 Biggest Cruise Ships in the World
These days, cruise ships do have all the comforts and luxuries that travelers associate with on-land resorts, as well as much of the glitz and glamour of destinations. Cruise ships are increasingly targeting families, offering children’s programs.
Cruise ships come in a variety of sizes and personalities, which offers restaurants, some coffee and ice cream bars, soft drinks and alcoholic beverages, shore excursions, spa treatments, water parks, volleyball and basketball court, ice skating ring, fitness center, spa, indoor gym, dance floor and gratuities, etc.
|Cruise Ship||Tonnage||Length||Capacity of Carrying Passengers|
|Harmony of the Seas||226,963||362.12 m||5,479|
|Allure of the Seas||225,282||362 m||5,400|
|Oasis of the Seas||225,282||361.6 m||5,400|
|MSC Meraviglia||171,598||315 m||4,500|
|Quantum of the Seas||168,666||347.08 m||4,180|
|Norwegian Epic||155,873||329.45 m||4,100|
|Anthem of the Seas||168,666||348 m||4,180|
|Norwegian Escape||165,300||325.9 m||4,266|
|Freedom of the Seas||154,407||338.94 m||3,782|
|Queen Mary 2||149,215||345.03 m||2,695|
Harmony of the Seas
Harmony of the Seas is the largest Cruise Ship in the World. This Cruise ship is owned by Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd and operated by Royal Caribbean International. It was ordered from STX France in December 2012. It is the first Oasis class ship with robot bartenders serving drinks in the Bionic Bar. The vessel debuted in May 2016 in Southampton, UK. Harmony’s first cruise with paying travelers was on May 22, 2016, after a construction time of 32 months.
A sister to the giant Allure of the Seas and Oasis of the Seas, Harmony of the Seas is heavier than its siblings by over 1,700 tons, more than 3 meters wider, and able to accommodate 100 more passengers. The total cost of this Cruise ship is US$1.35 billion. This Oasis-class cruise ship class ship measures 362.12 m length and 22.6m depth.. The ship offers less than 25 knots (46 km/h; 29 mph speed maximum 22 knots and 5,479 passengers at double occupancy.
- There are total 18 passenger decks
- This ship has 20 dining venues
- Central Park and the Boardwalk
- The ship’s total capacity is well over 6,000 guests.
- The staterooms are 180-270-sq.foot
- Balcony rooms (1772)
- There are a total of 2744 staterooms in 43 categories.
- 3 Tired dining room
- The small and large room are suite to accommodate 5,479 guests
- Studio B ice rink, Jazz on 4, the main theater and the comedy club.
- Twin Flow rider surf simulators, twin climbing walls
- a zip line, outdoor mini-golf and a basketball court
- It has 2,747 luxurious rooms
Allure of the Seas
MS Allure of the Seas is owned by Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. and Royal Caribbean International is the operator. The ship ordered in 31 March 2007 and built by STX Europe Turku Shipyard, Finland. The ship cost US$1.2 billion (2006) and launched in 20 November 2009.
Currently it is in service. This Oasis-class cruise ship class ship measures 362 m length, 72 m height and 22.5 m depth. There are total 16 passenger decks. The ship offers 22.6 knots (41.9 km/h; 26.0 mph speed and 5,400 passengers at double occupancy.
- Two-deck dance hall
- Theatre with 1,380 seats
- An ice skating ink
- 7 distinct “neighborhoods”,
- 25 dining options, including the first Starbucks coffee shop at sea.
- Interior Decorated by muralist Clarissa Parish
- 80 kW solar arrays by BAM Energy Group for shopping district.
- Uni-Solar BIPV laminates for withstand foot traffic and marine
Oasis of the Seas
MS Oasis of the Seas is a famous Oasis-class cruise ship measures 361.6 m length, 72 m height and 22.55 m depth. Oasis of the Seas is also owned by Royal Caribbean International. The ship ordered on February 2006 to builder STX Europe Turku Shipyard, Finland.
The cost is US$1.4 billion (2006) and after completion it launched in 21 November 2008. This hot ship is currently In service and offers facilities via 16 passenger deck. It can carry 5,400 passengers at double occupancy and offers 22.6 knots (41.9 km/h; 26.0 mph) speed.
- A zip-line, a casino
- Miniature golf course, Multiple night clubs
- Several bars and lounges
- A karaoke club, comedy club
- Five swimming pools
- Volleyball and basketball courts
- Theme parks and nurseries for children
Meraviglia is the fourth largest cruise vessel ever built. The newest ship launched by European line MSC Cruises, is slated to reposition to South Florida in 2019. It is designed for an international audience including North Americans; it’s capable of holding up to 5,714 passengers, after a few seasons of sailing the Mediterranean and Northern Europe.
The ship entered service in 2017 and is currently based in the Mediterranean. It is owned and operated by MSC Cruises. There are 15 passenger decks.
- Nineteen decks high and more than 1,000 feet long
- 15 passenger decks
- Yacht Club, Baby Club 24-hour butler service
- My balcony cabin, a flight simulator
- a 4D cinema and the longest LED screen at sea
- An aqua park with water slides
- Modern and contemporary décor
- A choice of 12 distinct dining venues
- Abundance of bars and cafes to match any mood
- T he multi-purpose karaoke bar, comedy club, TV Studio & Bar
- The most intricate and exciting water parks at sea
- A water park with 3-4 water slides and a Himalayan rope course.
Quantum of the Seas
Quantum of the Seas is a beautiful ship owned by the Royal Caribbean International. The ship ordered on February 11, 2011 for builder Meyer Weft, Papen burg, Germany. Total cost is US$935 million. After completion of work it launched in August 9, 2014 and currently in service from October 31, 2014.
- 4,180 passengers (double occupancy)
- 22 knots (41 km/h; 25 mph) Speed
- 16 passenger-accessible decks, 8 of which feature balcony staterooms overlooking the ocean
- Five complimentary main restaurants
- Numerous bars and lounges
- Music Hall with 2-story lounge on decks 3 and 4 that is a nightclub and small music performance venue
- large indoor gym with a full-size basketball court that can be converted into a dance floor
- Three-story-high 270-degree panoramic ocean views, a café, and an ice bar
Norwegian Epic is another largest and beautiful ship. Earlier it was known as F3 I (2008–2010) and now called Norwegian Epic (2010–present). The ship travels Europe (Roundtrip from Barcelona. Since Summer 2011) (Roundtrip from Rome & Marseille as well in summer 2012). Now route is Caribbean (Roundtrip from Miami Since 2010).
The Norwegian Epic ordered on 9 September 2006 and built by STX France Cruise SA, Chantiers de l’Atlantique shipyard, Saint-Nazaire, France. In 10 July 2009, the ship launched and currently in service. There is total 19 decks and offers 4,100 passengers (double occupancy).
- 1,708 crew
- 22 knots (41 km/h; 25 mph) speed
- “third generation” of Freestyle cruising vessels
- 4100 passenger berths, with all outside cabins having balconies
- 100 square foot interior studio cabins for solo passengers
- shared “living room” for socializing
- ‘Aqua Park’ has the only tube and bowl water slide at sea
- rappelling wall and two three-lane bowling alleys
- 17 °F (−8 °C) Ice Bar where the drinks are served in ice glasses and patrons wear parkas
Anthem of the Seas
Anthem of the Seas is owned by Royal Caribbean. It is measuring in at almost 170,000 gross tons. This new ship has a bar operated entirely by robots that mix cocktails using precise ingredients. This Cruise ship is a sister vessel of Quantum of the Seas. The length of this ship is 348 m. It was launched in February 2015 and began its maiden voyage in April of the same year.
There are 16 decks and which has a capacity for almost 5,000 passengers at a time. MS Anthem of the Seas is truly an engineering marvel. It is be able to take part in circus skills training activities and even go on a virtual sky dive. The guests will experience robotic bartenders. Passengers with a head for heights will also be able to take a ride in a transparent capsule for amazing ocean views.
- Four main restaurants: Silk, Chic, The Grande and American Icon
- Cafe at 270
- Cafe Promenade
- Michael’s Genuine Pub
- La Patisserie
- The line’s most popular restaurants like Sorrento’s Pizzeria, the Solarium Cafe and the Windjammer buffet
- 1,570 balcony staterooms
- 147 ocean-view staterooms, and
- 373 inside staterooms
- A glass-canopied solarium pool
- A new indoor pool with openable roof
Norwegian Escape, the only ship in Norwegian Cruise Line’s Breakaway Plus Class, has numerous attractions and amenities. Norwegian Escape would begin sailing out of Midtown Manhattan in April 2018. It was built by Meyer Werft in Germany.
The Norwegian Escape has an overall length of 325.9m, a maximum beam of 46.5m and gross tonnage of 165,300. This can carry about 4,200-passenger at a time.
- There are 18 decks
- 2,175 cabins
- The Mandara Spa will span two decks and include 24 treatment rooms.
- Techno gym weight training and cardio equipment in the fitness center
- 15 restaurants onboard Escape
- Mini-Suites, Balcony and Ocean view staterooms
- Entertainment and gaming zones
- Restaurants, bars
Freedom of the Seas
Freedom of the Seas is one of the best cruise ship owned by Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. The operator is Royal Caribbean International. The ship ordered in September 2003 to builder Aker Yards Turku Shipyard, Finland. It cost around US$800 million and the ship laid down on November 9, 2004.
- This is a freedom-class cruise ship
- 18 total decks, 15 passenger decks
- 6 knots (40.0 km/h; 24.9 mph) speed
- 3,634 passengers and 1360 crew
- An interactive water play area on the pool deck
- dedicated 24-hour pizza venue, expanded main dining room
- Flow Rider surf simulator, a boxing ring in the gym,
- Ben and Jerry’s branded ice cream parlor.
- “Royal Promenade” includes coffee shop, Sorrento’s Pizzeria, ice-cream shop, Vintages wine and tapas bar, the Bull and Bear Irish pub, and many Duty-free shops
Queen Mary 2
RMS Queen Mary 2 is owned by Carnival. Cunard Line is the operator of this ship. The ship ordered on 6 November 2000 and made by STX Europe Chantiers de l’Atlantique,Saint-Nazaire, France. The total cost is UK £460 million.
The ship launched on 21 March 2003 and it is currently in service. There is total 13 passenger, 17 total deck. The ship can attain 30 knots (56 km/h; 35 mph) speed. It carries 2,620 passengers and 1,253 officers and crew.
- fifteen restaurants and bars
- five swimming pools, a casino
- ballroom, a theatre, and the first planetarium at sea
- kennels and a nursery on board
- predecessor Queen Elizabeth 2
- three seawater desalination plants for fresh water supply
- world cruise, circumnavigating the globe in 81 days