23 Largest Cruise Ships In The World
A cruise is probably perfect way to enjoy a relaxing vacation, as it allows you to travel across oceans and visit some of the most amazing countries in the world in complete comfort. Since cruising is so popular nowadays, cruise ships have to be larger and larger in order to accommodate an ever-increasing number of passengers and staff members. That being said, we decided to compile a list of the 23 largest cruise ships in the world, since these goliaths of the sea represent some of humankind’s most astonishing achievements in engineering and architecture.
23. Carnival Splendor
The Carnival Splendor is a 952-foot long behemoth that has a total passenger capacity of 3,006 and a crew capacity of 1,150. As one of the most exceptional ships in the Carnival fleet, the Splendor is equipped with state-of-the-art facilities and promises endless entertainment and relaxation opportunities for its esteemed guests. Highlights include the Royal Flush Casino, the Splash Park, the Pinnacle Steakhouse and the exceptional Cloud 9 Spa.
Azura is one of the largest and most impressive ships in the P&O Cruises fleet, and so it boasts a comprehensive list of attractions and facilities that have the potential to transform your holiday into a memorable escape of fun and wellness. The Azura has a total of 14 decks, some boasting football fields, tennis courts and golf courts while others include bars, restaurants, spas, gyms, swimming pools and accommodation options.
As far as housing arrangements are concerned, this ship offers a comprehensive array of high-end and standard rooms such as Single Cabins, Balcony Cabins, Superior Deluxe Balcony Cabins and suites. Standard amenities include TVs, radios, telephones, air conditioning, tea and coffee making facilities, daily steward services, writing desks and more.
21. Diamond Princess
The Diamond Princess was manufactured in Japan with elegance, spaciousness, performance and sophistication in mind. Since Princess Cruises sends its ships to all corners of the world, the Diamond Princess has seen some of the most exquisite destinations along with its passengers. Adults only attractions include The Sanctuary® and the Movies Under the Stars®, while the swimming pools, restaurants, bars, spas and boutiques are able to satisfy even the most demanding tastes in entertainment and relaxation.
Also belonging to P&O Cruises, the Ventura is an exquisite cruise ship that features a magnificent mix of ordinary amenities and exclusive features that can’t be found on any other ship in the fleet. One of the most impressive highlights is the luxurious “The White Room restaurant”, which was designed by Marco Pierre White himself.
As one of the most popular and largest ships in the fleet, the Ventura offers endless entertainment opportunities for its inspired guests, including a giant theatre that also works as a cinema, two cabaret lounges and an amazing bar with a panoramic video wall named Metropolis.
19. Celebrity Eclipse
The Eclipse boasts a length of 1,041 feet and a passenger capacity of 2,850 people. This masterpiece is one of the most impressive ships of the Celebrity Cruises fleet, featuring a wide array of facilities and conveniences suited for all tastes and preferences.
For example, those passionate about technology and internet can have the time of their life at the Celebrity iLounge, while the picturesque Lawn Club tempts the more active types with casual outdoor activities. There is also a versatile Sky Observation Lounge that promises breathtaking views through its floor-to-ceiling windows. Moreover, the Murano Restaurant and Qsine stand ready to provide unmatched culinary experiences, while the AquaSpa offers refreshing and relaxing treatments for the body and soul.
18. Carnival Dream
The massive Carnival Dream cruise ship measures 1,004 feet from bow to stern, and it has a passenger capacity of 3,646. This ship was built to deliver maximum entertainment, paving the way for other ships in its class such as the Carnival Breeze and Carnival Magic.
Foodies will have an excellent time if they choose to spend their cruise on the Carnival Dream, since this giant vessel is packed with an endless array of restaurants and bars that stand ready to cater to each and every culinary whim. Some fine examples include the RedFrog Rum Bar, the BlueIguana Tequila Bar, the Lido Restaurant and a gourmet steakhouse.
17. Disney Fantasy
With a total length of 1,115 feet and a weight of 130,000 tons, the Disney Fantasy is a true behemoth of the seas. The ship was equipped with state-of-the-art facilities and high-end amenities in order to provide unparalleled cruising experiences, and it stands out among many other ships of its class due to its incredible mix of modern and classic design features.
Entertainment-wise, the Disney Fantasy boasts musical live shows and 3D movies that can be enjoyed at several high-end venues, while the Disney Wishes Nighttime Spectacular fireworks show never fails to impress deeply.
16. Disney Dream
The Disney Dream has the same length as its sister Fantasy and the same passenger capacity, and it was designed to cater to the needs of modern families. Lavish staterooms, welcoming youth clubs, high-end restaurants, swimming pools, lounges and nightclubs are just a few of the most outstanding attractions that can be enjoyed on board this floating haven of fun and relaxation.
15. MS Adventure Of The Seas
Even though it is not allowed to cruise across the waters of the Panama Canal, the MS Adventure Of The Seas is a regular visitor of the Southern parts of the Caribbean and of the Mediterranean Sea. This giant voyager-class cruise ship stands ready to offer some of the most incredible and unforgettable cruising experiences of our times. Attractions include an ice-skating rink, a basketball course, a mini-golf course, a lavish spa and a three-story dining room.
14. MS Voyager Of The Seas
Boasting similar facilities to the Adventure, the Voyager Of The Seas is actually one of the oldest ships operated by Royal Caribbean International, since it was christened on November 20, 1999. Its most impressive features include a rock-climbing wall on its funnel and an ice-skating rink. Another important highlight is the Royal Promenade, which is a gorgeous a marble floored street featuring a selection of dining venues and shops.
13. MS Explorer Of The Seas
The Explorer was also built in 1999, but unlike her aforementioned sisters, it can accommodate as much as 5,000 passengers. What makes this ship truly special is that it houses an oceanographic laboratory operated by the University Of Miami’s Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science. This mighty vessel is scheduled to receive a series of important upgrades in 2015, which might include ship-wide Wi-Fi connectivity as well as an outdoor movie screen.
12. MSC Splendida
Originally named the MSC Serenata, the Splendida was renamed due to its exceptional appearance. This luxury cruise liner is equipped with state-of-the-art technology and stands ready to offer lavish 5-star accommodation options for its well-heeled guests.
These high-end housing arrangements are part of the MSC Yacht Club, which includes 71 gorgeous suites as well as butler service around the clock.
11. MSC Fantasia
The MSC Fantasia was delivered to MSC Cruises on December 11, 2008, and it currently represents the largest ship operated by the famed cruising company. This Italian Fantasia class cruise ship boasts approximately 290,000 square feet of public space, which includes 4 swimming pools, 5 restaurants and the luxurious MSC AUREA SPA. Like its sister, the Splendida, the Fantasia also boasts an MSC Yacht Club that has the very same amenities and comforts.
10. Mariner Of The Seas
The Mariner Of The Seas is a second-generation Voyager-class vessel that was christened on November 14, 2003 by American wheelchair racer Jean Driscoll. This masterpiece of engineering is a very special kind of cruise ship, since it was fitted with modern technologies that allow her to produce fresh water. At maximum capacity, the Mariner is able to produce 540,000 gallons of water per day, all thanks to two Alfa Laval Desalt Flash and Energy Recovery Evaporators and one Pall Rochem seawater desalination unit.
9. Navigator Of The Seas
The Navigator is able to carry 3,114 passengers in complete comfort around Florida, Italy and the Eastern Mediterranean, and it is often a popular cruise destination for art lovers since it includes a wide variety of art pieces displayed in its multiple stairwells and public areas. Even though it is no longer the largest ship in the Royal Caribbean fleet, it is still counted among the largest of its kind in the world.
8. MSC Divina
The MSC Divina usually operates within the boundaries of the West Mediterranean, but she will soon move to the Caribbean in November 2013. This massive Fantasia-class cruise ship was christened on May 19, 2012 by Sophia Lauren in Marseille. The Divina weighs 139,400 tons and is able to accommodate 3,959 passengers in its 1,637 cabins.
7. RMS Queen Mary 2
The RMS Queen Mary 2 is a transatlantic ocean liner that was christened on January 8, 2002 by Queen Elizabeth II. This fantastic and luxurious cruise ship usually operates out of Bermuda and is famous for hosting on-board weddings.
When sketching out the Queen Mary 2, its designers wanted to minimize the ship’s impact on the environment, and so they implemented a series of fuel-saving technologies as well as highly efficient waste management facilities.
6. Independence Of The Seas
This Freedom-class cruise ship was christened on April 30, 2008, and it boasts 15 decks as well as an impressive passenger capacity of 4,370 people. Its amenities include mobile phone and Wi-Fi connectivity throughout, as well as a rock climbing wall, a mini golf course, a basketball court and heated, fresh water pools.
The vessel normally operates between Southampton in England and Fort Lauderdale in Florida.
5. MS Liberty Of The Seas
The gorgeous MS Liberty Of The Seas entered service in May 2007, and she is able to accommodate 3,634 passengers as well as a crew of 1,360. Usually cruising along the waters of the Mediterranean and in other European waters, the Liberty boasts a comprehensive list of conveniences that include but are not limited to a H20 Zone water play area for children, a generously sized fitness center, an ice-skating rink, a boxing ring and a volleyball court. Dining venues include Sorrento’s Pizzeria, Johnny Rockets diner, the Chops Steakhouse and the Portofino Italian restaurant.
4. Freedom Of The Seas
Flaunting fifteen passenger decks, the massive Freedom Of The Seas was the largest passenger ship ever built from 2006 to 2009, when it was surpassed by the Oasis-class ships of the Royal Caribbean International. The ship currently docks in Port Canaveral, Florida before going on exciting trips throughout the Caribbean.
3. Norwegian Epic
As one of the most exquisite and largest ships in the Norwegian Cruise Line fleet, the Norwegian Epic flaunts no less than 17 decks that can accommodate 4,100 passengers. Built in France, this F3-class ship was launched on July 10, 2009, and it usually travels across the glistening waters of the Caribbean and of the Mediterranean Sea.
2. Oasis Of The Seas
The Oasis is the largest Royal Caribbean International cruise ship and the first of her class. This giant surpassed the Freedom-class cruise ships and became the largest cruise ship in the world when she was launched in 2008, but she was beaten by the Allure Of The Seas by just 1.9 inches. Nonetheless, this is by far one of the most impressive cruise ships in the world right now, more so since she recently set a groundbreaking record by carrying 6,000 passengers. Wow!
1. Allure Of The Seas
Finally, the largest cruise ship in the world is the magnificent Allure Of The Seas, which boasts a total length of 1,187 feet. This stunner was launched on November 20, 2010, and she flaunts a passenger capacity of 5,400 at double occupancy and a maximum capacity of 6,296 people.
The ship proudly flaunts amazing interior arrangements decorated by muralist Clarissa Parish. Highlights involve a massive theatre with 1,380 seats, a two-deck dance hall and an ice skating rink.