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, passenger capacity and old cruise ships 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)

Ship nameTonnageLengthWidthCapacityCabins
Symphony Of The Seas228081 t362m / 1,187.66 ft46m / 150.92 ft63702759
Harmony Of The Seas227000 t362m / 1,187.66 ft46m / 150.92 ft63142745
Allure Of The Seas225282 t360m / 1,181.10 ft64m / 209.97 ft63142745
Oasis Of The Seas225282 t360m / 1,181.10 ft64m / 209.97 ft63072742
AIDAnova183900 t337m / 1,105.64 ft42m / 137.80 ft66002500
Iona184700 t337m / 1,105.64 ft42m / 137.80 ft66002500
Costa Smeralda183900 t337m / 1,105.64 ft42m / 137.80 ft65182612
MSC Grandiosa177100 t331m / 1,085.96 ft43m / 141.08 ft63342405
MSC Virtuosa177100 t331m / 1,085.96 ft43m / 141.08 ft63342405
MSC Meraviglia171598 t315m / 1,033.46 ft43m / 141.08 ft53862244
MSC Bellissima171598 t315m / 1,033.46 ft43m / 141.08 ft53862244
Pulse Of The Seas168666 t347m / 1,138.45 ft   
Spectrum Of The Seas168666 t348m / 1,141.73 ft49m / 160.76 ft48192095
Norwegian Bliss168028 t326m / 1,069.55 ft42m / 137.80 ft49032043
Anthem of the Seas167800 t348m / 1,141.73 ft49m / 160.76 ft48252098
Ovation Of The Seas167800 t348m / 1,141.73 ft49m / 160.76 ft48192095
Quantum Of The Seas167800 t348m / 1,141.73 ft49m / 160.76 ft48192095
Norwegian Encore167800 t326m / 1,069.55 ft42m / 137.80 ft52182174
Norwegian Joy167400 t326m / 1,069.55 ft42m / 137.80 ft46201925
Norwegian Escape163000 t326m / 1,069.55 ft42m / 137.80 ft52182174
Norwegian Epic155873 t329m / 1,079.40 ft40m / 131.23 ft50742114
Freedom Of The Seas154407 t338m / 1,108.92 ft56m / 183.73 ft45411892
Independence Of The Seas154407 t338m / 1,108.92 ft56m / 183.73 ft43561815
Liberty Of The Seas154407 t338m / 1,108.92 ft56m / 183.73 ft43561815
MSC Seaside152050 t323m / 1,059.71 ft43m / 141.08 ft49612067
MSC Seaview152050 t323m / 1,059.71 ft43m / 141.08 ft49612067
Genting Dream151300 t335m / 1,099.08 ft39.7m / 130.25 ft34001686
World Dream151300 t335m / 1,099.08 ft38m / 124.67 ft34001686
Queen Mary 2148528 t345m / 1,131.89 ft44m / 144.36 ft32711363
Norwegian Getaway146600 t326m / 1,069.55 ft51m / 167.32 ft48192008
Norwegian Breakaway145655 t326m / 1,069.55 ft51m / 167.32 ft48192008
Britannia143730 t330m / 1,082.68 ft47m / 154.20 ft44061836
Enchanted Princess143700 t330m / 1,082.68 ft47m / 154.20 ft44021834
Sky Princess143700 t330m / 1,082.68 ft47m / 154.20 ft44021834
Majestic Princess142714 t330m / 1,082.68 ft47m / 154.20 ft42721780
Regal Princess142714 t330m / 1,082.68 ft47m / 154.20 ft42721780
Royal Princess142714 t330m / 1,082.68 ft47m / 154.20 ft42721780
Navigator Of The Seas139570 t311m / 1,020.34 ft49m / 160.76 ft39261636
MSC Divina139072 t333m / 1,092.52 ft38m / 124.67 ft42021751
MSC Preziosa 139072 t333m / 1,092.52 ft38m / 124.67 ft43781751
Mariner Of The Seas138279 t311m / 1,020.34 ft49m / 160.76 ft40011667
MSC Fantasia137936 t333m / 1,092.52 ft37m / 121.39 ft39291637
MSC Splendida137936 t333m / 1,092.52 ft37m / 121.39 ft39291637
Explorer Of The Seas137308 t311m / 1,020.34 ft49m / 160.76 ft39381641

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 sisterships from the fleet of the second largest cruise company in the world - Royal Caribbean (after 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.