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.
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)
|Symphony Of The Seas||228081 t||362m / 1,188 ft||46m / 151 ft||6370||2759|
|Harmony Of The Seas||227000 t||362m / 1,188 ft||46m / 151 ft||6314||2745|
|Allure Of The Seas||225282 t||360m / 1,181 ft||64m / 210 ft||6314||2745|
|Oasis Of The Seas||225282 t||360m / 1,181 ft||64m / 210 ft||6307||2742|
|AIDAnova||183900 t||337m / 1,106 ft||42m / 138 ft||6600||2500|
|Iona||184700 t||337m / 1,106 ft||42m / 138 ft||6600||2500|
|Costa Smeralda||183900 t||337m / 1,106 ft||42m / 138 ft||6518||2612|
|Carnival Mardi Gras||180800 t||344 m / 1129 ft||42m / 138 ft||6338||2641|
|MSC Grandiosa||177100 t||331m / 1,086 ft||43m / 141 ft||6334||2405|
|MSC Virtuosa||177100 t||331m / 1,086 ft||43m / 141 ft||6334||2405|
|MSC Meraviglia||171598 t||315m / 1,033 ft||43m / 141 ft||5386||2244|
|MSC Bellissima||171598 t||315m / 1,033 ft||43m / 141 ft||5386||2244|
|Spectrum Of The Seas||168666 t||348m / 1,142 ft||49m / 161 ft||4819||2095|
|Norwegian Bliss||168028 t||326m / 1,070 ft||42m / 138 ft||4903||2043|
|Anthem of the Seas||167800 t||348m / 1,142 ft||49m / 161 ft||4825||2098|
|Ovation Of The Seas||167800 t||348m / 1,142 ft||49m / 161 ft||4819||2095|
|Quantum Of The Seas||167800 t||348m / 1,142 ft||49m / 161 ft||4819||2095|
|Norwegian Encore||167800 t||326m / 1,070 ft||42m / 138 ft||5218||2174|
|Norwegian Joy||167400 t||326m / 1,070 ft||42m / 138 ft||4620||1925|
|Norwegian Escape||163000 t||326m / 1,070 ft||42m / 138 ft||5218||2174|
|Norwegian Epic||155873 t||329m / 1,079 ft||40m / 131 ft||5074||2114|
|Freedom Of The Seas||154407 t||338m / 1,109 ft||56m / 184 ft||4541||1892|
|Independence Of The Seas||154407 t||338m / 1,109 ft||56m / 184 ft||4356||1815|
|Liberty Of The Seas||154407 t||338m / 1,109 ft||56m / 184 ft||4356||1815|
|MSC Seaside||152050 t||323m / 1,060 ft||43m / 141 ft||4961||2067|
|MSC Seaview||152050 t||323m / 1,060 ft||43m / 141 ft||4961||2067|
|Genting Dream||151300 t||335m / 1,099 ft||39.7m / 130 ft||3400||1686|
|World Dream||151300 t||335m / 1,099 ft||38m / 125 ft||3400||1686|
|Queen Mary 2||148528 t||345m / 1,132 ft||44m / 144 ft||3271||1363|
|Norwegian Getaway||146600 t||326m / 1,070 ft||51m / 167 ft||4819||2008|
|Norwegian Breakaway||145655 t||326m / 1,070 ft||51m / 167 ft||4819||2008|
|Britannia||143730 t||330m / 1,083 ft||47m / 154 ft||4406||1836|
|Enchanted Princess||143700 t||330m / 1,083 ft||47m / 154 ft||4402||1834|
|Sky Princess||143700 t||330m / 1,083 ft||47m / 154 ft||4402||1834|
|Majestic Princess||142714 t||330m / 1,083 ft||47m / 154 ft||4272||1780|
|Regal Princess||142714 t||330m / 1,083 ft||47m / 154 ft||4272||1780|
|Royal Princess||142714 t||330m / 1,083 ft||47m / 154 ft||4272||1780|
|Navigator Of The Seas||139570 t||311m / 1,020 ft||49m / 161 ft||3926||1636|
|MSC Divina||139072 t||333m / 1,092 ft||38m / 125 ft||4202||1751|
|MSC Preziosa||139072 t||333m / 1,092 ft||38m / 125 ft||4378||1751|
|Mariner Of The Seas||138279 t||311m / 1,020 ft||49m / 161 ft||4001||1667|
|MSC Fantasia||137936 t||333m / 1,092 ft||37m / 121 ft||3929||1637|
|MSC Splendida||137936 t||333m / 1,092 ft||37m / 121 ft||3929||1637|
|Explorer Of The Seas||137308 t||311m / 1,020 ft||49m / 161 ft||3938||1641|
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 measurement, 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 canceled (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.