Largest Cruise Ships

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By ,   November 26, 2015 ,   Ships and Lines

See here the world's largest cruise ships list (including vessels under construction) owned by the best cruise line companies. This article is also integrated with our ship dimensions and passenger capacity surveys.

Largest Cruise Ships - CruiseMapper

CruiseMapper's list of biggest cruise ships includes all vessels with gross tonnage (GT) over 130,000 tons. Each one of these behemothships is an engineering marvel produced by our contemporary age of fun and super technologies. Kudos to their builders and double kudos to their proud owners!

Note: In the following table, all links are internal (CruiseMapper) redirecting to the ship’s itinerary schedule where you can compare dates and prices per person (double occupancy rates).

Ships Names (Year Built) Tonnage (weight in GT tons) Length (m) - Width (m) Capacity (max passengers)

Symphony of the Seas (2018), TBN (2021)

228,081 tons

362 - 66

6370 pax

Harmony of the Seas (2016)

227,700 tons

362 - 66

6360 pax

Allure of the Seas (2010), Oasis of the Seas (2009)

225,300 tons

360 - 54

6400 pax

AIDAnova (2018), Iona (2020)

183,900 tons

337 - 42

6600 pax

Costa Grandiosa (2019), MSC Virtuosa (2020)

177,100 tons

331 - 43

6300 pax

MSC Meraviglia (2017), MSC Bellissima (2019)

171,600 tons

315 - 43

5400 pax

Pulse of the Seas (2020), Passion of the Seas (2019), Spectrum of the Seas (2019), Ovation of the Seas (2016), Anthem of the Seas (2015), Quantum of the Seas (2014)

167,800 tons

348 - 49

4800 pax

Norwegian Joy (2017), Norwegian Bliss (2018), Norwegian Escape (2015)

167,400 tons

330 - 40

5200 pax

Norwegian Epic (2010)

155,900 tons

330 - 40

5200 pax

Independence of the Seas (2008), Liberty of the Seas (2007), Freedom of the Seas (2006)

154,400 tons

340 - 56

4400 pax

MSC Seaview (2018), MSC Seaside (2017)

154,000 tons

323 - 43

5000 pax

Cunard RMS Queen Mary 2 (2004)

151,400 tons

345 - 45

3100 pax

Norwegian Getaway (2014), Norwegian Breakaway (2013)

146,600 tons

324 - 46

5100 pax

Majestic Princess (2017), Regal Princess (2014), Royal Princess (2013)

141,000 tons

316 - 44

4270 pax

P&O Britannia (2015)

141,00 tons

330 - 43

4300 pax

MSC Prezioza (2013), MSC Divina (2012), MSC Splendida (2009), MSC Fantasia (2008)

139,400 tons

333 - 38

3900 pax

Mariner of the Seas (2003), Navigator of the Seas (2002)

138,300 tons

311 - 49

3800 pax

Adventure of the Seas (2001), Explorer of the Seas (2000), Voyager of the Seas (1999)

137,300 tons

311 - 48

3850 pax

Costa Venezia (2019)

135,500 tons

321 - 37

5260 pax

Costa Diadema (2014)

132,500 tons

306 - 37

4950 pax

Carnival Horizon (2018), Carnival Vista (2016)

133,500 tons

322 - 37

4700 pax

World Dream (2017), Genting Dream (2016)

131,500 tons

335 - 40

3400 pax

Disney Fantasy (2012), Disney Dream (2011)

130,000 tons

340 - 37

4000 pax

Carnival Breeze (2012), Carnival Dream (2009)

130,000 tons

306 - 37

4000 pax

Oasis-class - biggest cruise ship in the world ever built

World's currently largest cruise ship has passenger capacity over 8500 (guests-crew-officers). This is a Royal Caribbean class vessels built in 2 series - Oasis (Allure and Oasis) and Oasis-Plus (Harmony and Symphony). These are sister-ships from the fleet of the second largest cruise company in the world - Royal Caribbean (following Carnival Corporation).

As to vessels' dimensions, each boasts the unimaginable weight of 227,000-230,000 GT / gross tons, LOA length 362 m (1187 ft) and waterline width 47 m (154 ft). The extreme breadth is over 60 m (198 ft). As the GT is a volume measurment, the ship's actual mass (called displacement) is approx 100,000 tons (the hull alone weighs about 54,000 tons). Surpassing all passenger ship standards, building cost and all previous ship travel vacation concepts, the Oasis-class ships are currently the only passenger shipping vessels of such immense size.

Other interesting numbers are the above waterline height (72 m / 236 ft), depth (23 m / 74 ft below waterline), 16 passenger decks, draft / draught (9,3 m / 31 ft), cruising / service speed 23 knots (26 mph / 42 kph), capacity 5400 passengers at double occupancy (max 6296 / 6870) and officers+crew capacity 2165.

The world's biggest cruise ship propulsion system guarantees the perfect maneuverability by 3 rotatable Azipod thrusters (suspended under the ship's stern), each with a huge electric motor and a 6 m (20 ft) propeller. The ship offers great stability due to its enormous size. And in times of need - there are 18 lifeboats, each with capacity 370 people.

Oasis-Plus class is also currently the world's most technologically advanced and energy-efficient cruise vessel ever built. It is equipped with a new-generation exhaust gas cleaning system (multi-stream scrubbers) and with hull lubrication system allowing the ship to float on air bubbles (created around the hull) thus reducing drag and increasing fuel efficiency.

Regarding cruise accommodations, this class of vessels have some of the largest suites at sea - measuring 150 m2 (over 1600 ft2, balcony included). Another signature feature are the 7 "neighborhoods" (theme-park like areas), 5 large swimming pools, huge casino, full-size volleyball / basketball court, large-capacity bars and lounges. Oasis-Plus ships additionally have waterslides (created by Aquatic Design & Engineering) and a total of 23 "water fun" areas (swimming pools, large-size outdoor jacuzzies, waterslides, flowriders). The stern-located Ultimate Abyss water-slide is 150 ft (45,70 m) above sea level. It features 31 sections, two 360-degree circles, 27-degree slide incline, 28 m (92 ft) serpentine-like drop, 13,14 seconds average sliding time (top to bottom), around 300 small LED lights and graffiti artworks throughout.

These phenomenal ships were manufactured by STX Europe (shipyard Turku Finland / Oasis-Class) and in by STX France (shipyard Saint-Nazaire France / Oasis-Plus). The new Oasis ships are 2,15 m (7 ft) longer.

Biggest Carnival cruise ship - "Carnival Pinnacle" class

Watch this amazing YouTube video about the "Carnival Pinnacle cruise ship". The project was designed by the Italian shipbuilder Fincantieri as their biggest ever passenger ship - GT tonnage 200,000 tons, capacity 6000 passengers, length 380 m (1246 ft), The "Pinnacle Project" was initiated by Carnival Corporation in 2004 to tip the scales in the "Carnival vs Royal Caribbean" competition.

Carnival Pinnacle was never built as the project was officially cancelled (mainly due the vessel's incredible cost at that time). However, many of the project's elements and innovative design features were later adapted for other large-sized cruise liners built for rival companies.