Cruise Ship Size Comparison, Dimensions

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By ,   January 19, 2038 ,   Ships and Lines

Compare cruise ship sizes by length, weight (tonnage), height, width/beam. Review cruise ship dimensions in both meters and feet, and FAQ information, definitions.

Cruise ship size comparison

In our huge table below there's a list of all most famous, ever best passenger cruise ships sorted by name. This survey also offers smaller cruise ships size comparison of top luxury all-inclusive vessels with gross tonnage even lesser than 5,000 GT. Now the list of all ship sizes related and integrated articles:

Length of a cruise ship (Length Overall / LOA)

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The cruise ship length is professionally referred to as LOA (length overall), meaning the maximum length between the two most distant points on its hull. LOA may also include the tip of the bowsprit - the pole extending from the ship's prow (usually on tall sailing ships, yachts, and smaller boats). The bowsprit is the "winning" part of the ship when competing in a race or during trials/speed tests.

Another passenger cruise ship length measuring (though not included in this survey) is called LWL. LWL signifies "loaded waterline length" (or just "waterline length"). It excludes the total length, denoting only the length at the point where the vessel sits in the water. The LWL measure plays important role when assessing some ship properties, like "hull speed" (aka "displacement speed"), water displacement, the amount of paint needed for the ship's bottom, etc.cruise ship dimensions in feet and meters

Longest cruise ship in the world

The longest cruise ships by size also occupy the first two positions in the list of the largest cruise ships of the world by passenger capacity and gross tonnage. The humongous Royal Caribbean's floating cities Allure and Oasis boast the whole 360 meters in length (1,181 ft), and breadth of 47 meters (154 ft), the unbelievable for a passenger cruise ship tonnage of 225,300 tons, and max crew-passenger capacity of almost 8,500 (2,170+6,300) - each!

Weight of a cruise ship (tonnage) and draftcompare size of cruise ships Oasis of the Sea vs Titanic

The size (tonnage weight) of a cruise ship is measured in "gross tonnage" (GT). It relates to the vessel's internal volume (keel to funnel*, and to the outside of the hull) and applying a math formula. The cruise ship tonnage is generally used for determining registration fees, port fees, safety rules, regulations. Another ship data (though not included in this survey) is the vessel's "deadweight tonnage" (DWT), which is the weight a vessel can safely carry (cargo, passengers, etc).

The cruise ship draft (or draught) measures the number of meters/feet from the waterline to the lowest point of the keel - or the ship's "invisible" portion below the surface (and especially when loaded). The cruise ships draft is very important when considering docking in a particular port, sailing through channels or the inland waterways of the continents (rivers and canals).

*Note: Actually, the ship's funnel is the only part of the enclosed interior space that is NOT included in its Gross Tonnage measurement.

Cruise ship weight

As one of our fans Mr John Spooner (cruiser / Retired Master Mariner) have pointed out, the "Gross Tonnage" weight is a measurement of VOLUME, and not of MASS. GT  is an index related to marine vessels' overall internal volume. According to the Wikipedia's definition:

  • "Gross Tonnage" (GT) calculations are based on the volume of all the ship's enclosed spaces.
  • "Gross Register Tonnage" (GRT) is the vessel's total internal volume measured in "register tons" (each ton equals 100 ft3 / 2,83 m3).
  • Neither GT nor GTR measures the vessel's displacement (mass), but really show how big cruise ships are.
  • "Deadweight Tonnage" (DWT) measures how much weight a cruise ship (or any of the marine vessel types) can carry safely. This a weight sum of the vessel's cargo (incl provisions, passengers, crew), fuel, water (fresh  and ballast), etc.
  • "Displacement Tonnage" is how much weight the water that a cruise ship (any vessel) displaces when floating (the total weight of the ship / including its contents). Displacement is usually applied to navy rather than commercial marine vessels. It is measured when the ship is loaded at full capacity.

Compare cruise ship sizes

Cruise Ships Names Year Size (GT Tonnage) Draft m (ft) Length m (ft) - Width in m (ft)
AIDAaura 2003 42,289 6,2 (20,3) 202,9 (666,6) - 28 (92,2)
AIDAbella 2008 68,500 7,5 (24,6) 251,9 (826,2) - 32,2 (105,6)
AIDAblu 2010 71,000 7,9 (26) 251,9 (826,2) - 32,2 (105,6)
AIDAcara 1996 38,531 6,2 (20,3) 193,3 (634) - 27,6 (90,5)
AIDAdiva 2007 68,500 7,5 (24,6)
249 (816,9) - 32,2 (105,6)
AIDAluna 2009 69,200 7,5 (24,6)
251,9 (826,2) - 32,2 (105,6)
AIDAmar 2012 71,100 7,9 (26)
251,9 (826,2) - 32,2 (105,6)
AIDAprima 2014 124,500 8,1 (26,6) 300 (984) - 37,6 (123)
AIDAsol 2011 71,000 7,9 (26)
251,9 (826,2) - 32,2 (105,6)
AIDAvita 2002 42,289 6,3 (20,6) 202,9 (666,6) - 28 (92,2)
Albatros 1973 28,518 7,3 (24) 205,5 (674) - 25,2 (82,6)
Alexander von Humboldt 1990 15,271 4,5 (14,8) 152,5 (500,2) - 20,6 (67,6)
Amadea 1991 28,717 7,2 (23,6) 192,5 (632,5) - 24,7 (81)
Artania/Artemis 1984 44,348 7,9 (26) 230,6 (754,5) - 29,2 (95,8)
Asia Star 1992 20,295 7,1 (23,3) 131,2 (430,4) - 32 (104,9)
Astor 1987 20,606 5,8 (19) 176,5 (579) - 22,6 (74)
Asuka II (Crystal Harmony) /NYK Line 1990 48,621 7,8 (25,6) 241 (790,5) - 29,6 (97)
Athena 1948 16,144 7,9 (26) 160 (525) - 21 (68,9)
Azamara Journey 2000 30,277 5,8 (19) 181 (593,7) - 25,5 (83,5)
Azamara Quest 2000 30,277 5,8 (19) 181 (593,7) - 25,5 (83,5)
Bahamas Celebration 1981 35,483 5,8 (19) 205 (673) - 26 (87)
ms Balmoral 1988 43,000 7,1 (23,3) 217,9 (714,7) - 28,2 (92,5)
Birka Paradise/Birka Cruises 2004 34,728 6,5 (21,3) 177 (580,6) - 28 (91,8)
ms Black Watch 1972 28,668 7,5 (24,6) 205,5 (674) - 25,2 (82,6)
ms Bleu de France 1981 37,301 8,3 (27,2) 199,6 (654,9) - 28,5 (93,8)
ms Blue Moon 2000 30,277 7 (23) 181 (593,7) - 25,5 (83,5)
ms Boudicca 1972 28,388 7 (23) 205,5 (674) - 25,2 (82,6)
ms Braemar 1993 23,000 5,5 (18) 195 (639,6) - 22,5 (73,8)
ms Bremen 1990 - - 111,5 (365,8) - 17 (55,7)
C. Columbus 1997 14,903 5,5 (18) 144 (472,8) - 21,5 (70,5)
CARNIVAL cruise ships sizes comparison
Carnival Breeze 2012 130,000 8.2 (27) 306 (1,004) - 37,2 (122)
Carnival Conquest 2002 110,239 8.2 (27) 290,2 (951,4) - 35,5 (116,4)
Carnival Destiny (now Carnival Sunshine)
  • 1996
  • 2013
  • 101,353
  • 102,853
8.2 (27) 272,2 (892,3) - 35,5 (116)
Carnival Dream 2009 128,251 8.2 (27) 306 (1,004) - 37 (121,4)
Carnival Ecstasy 1991 70,367 7.8 (25,6) 260,8 (855) - 31,5 (103)
Carnival Elation 1998 70,367 7.8 (25,6) 260,8 (855) - 31,5 (103)
Carnival Fantasy 1990 70,367 7.8 (25,6)</sp