Cruise Features Top 10 Biggest Cruise Ships

Top 10 Biggest Cruise Ships

Cruise ships are getting bigger and bigger and by the time a new world’s largest cruise ship is built an even bigger ship is already being planned. Cruise Hive looks at the top ten biggest cruise ships in the world by ship size and weight, not by passenger capacity. The list is also changing as new vessels enter service so hopefully, we’ll be able to keep up with all the new mega-ships that are currently on order.

List of Top 10 Biggest Cruise Ships

Take a look at the current largest cruise ships in the industry, as expected it will keep changing as newer more advanced ships are built.

1. Symphony of the Seas

This is the fourth Oasis-class and 25th cruise ship from Royal Caribbean and is slightly larger than her sister ships making her the world’s biggest cruise ship. Symphony of the Seas was built at the STX France shipyard and was delivered to the cruise line on March 23, 2018. The vessel departed on its first one-time special preview sailing on March 31. The first official maiden voyage departed on April 7, 2018, on a 7-night Mediterranean voyage from Barcelona, Spain. Symphony of the Seas will be based from PortMiami, Florida starting on November 10, 2018. Read all these impressive things to do on Symphony of the Seas.

Watch this drone footage below to truly see just how large Symphony of the Seas is. This was filmed by Royal Caribbean not long before the ship was delivered.

Cruise Line: Royal Caribbean
Entered Service: March 2018
Gross Tonnage: 228,081
Length: 1,188 ft
Passengers: 5,518
Crew: 2,100

2. Harmony of the Seas

Harmony of the Seas overtakes the other Oasis-class ships just slightly. The vessel is the first of two new orders from STX France to expand the large class ships to four. Harmony of the Seas features the 10-Story Ultimate Abyss slide which is located at the aft above the AquaTheater.

Harmony of the Seas

Cruise Line: Royal Caribbean
Entered Service: May 2016
Gross Tonnage: 227,500
Length: 155.6 ft
Passengers: 5,480
Crew: 2,100

3. Allure of the Seas

This ship is just huge and is the second in the record-breaking Oasis class for Royal Caribbean. Allure of the Seas has seven distinct neighborhood and too many dining spaces to count! The vessel is a totally different design to other large ships in the cruise industry and also boasts features like the Zipline and the AquaTheater.

All About The Royal Caribbean Allure of the Seas
Photo By: Russell Otway (For Cruise Hive Only)

Cruise Line: Royal Caribbean
Entered Service: Oct 2010
Gross Tonnage: 225,282
Length: 1,187 ft
Passengers: 5,400
Crew: 2,384

4. Oasis of the Seas

This is the ship that helped push the cruise industry to new heights. Oasis of the Seas was the first of its kind when it arrived at the end of 2009. The groundbreaking vessel was built at the STX shipyard in Turku, Finland. Oasis also boasts features like the Zip-line and the AquaTheater.

Oasis-class Royal Caribbean Cruise Ship
Photo By: Russell Otway (For Cruise Hive Only)

Cruise Line: Royal Caribbean
Entered Service: Dec 2009
Gross Tonnage: 225,282
Length: 1,186.5 ft
Passengers: 5,400
Crew: 2,394

5. Anthem of the Seas & Ovation of the Seas

Anthem of the Seas is the second ship built in the Quantum class for Royal Caribbean. These ships are some of the most technologically advanced in the world with super fast internet, the North Star, Two70 and Ripcord by iFLY. the ship also has virtual balconies so even inside cabins will feel like an ocean view cabin.

Anthem of the Seas
Photo By: Royal Caribbean

Cruise Line: Royal Caribbean
Entered Service: April 2015
Gross Tonnage: 168,666
Length: 1,141 ft
Passengers: 4,180
Crew: 1,300

6. Norwegian Bliss

The highest entry in the top ten largest cruise ships for Norwegian Cruise Line. Norwegian Bliss is their newest ship to date and part of the Breakaway-Plus class. Sister ships are Norwegian Escape and Norwegian Joy with the final ship in the series named Norwegian Encore joining the fleet in 2019.

Norwegian Bliss at Sea
Photo By: Norwegian Cruise Line

Cruise Line: Norwegian Cruise Line
Entered Service: April 2018
Gross Tonnage: 228,081
Length: 1,094 ft
Passengers: 4,004
Crew: 1,716

7. Quantum of the Seas

Quantum of the Seas took cruising to another level bringing a lot of innovative features including the North Star, Ripcord by iFLY, SeaPlex, Two70 and more. The vessel was built at the Meyer Werft shipyard in Papenburg, Germany which is also the same shipyard that built sister ships Anthem and Ovation of the Seas.

Quantum of the Seas
Photo By: Royal Caribbean

Cruise Line: Royal Caribbean
Entered Service: Nov 2014
Gross Tonnage: 167,800
Length: 1,139 ft
Passengers: 4,180
Crew: 1,300

8. Norwegian Joy

Norwegian Joy is the second Breakaway-Plus class cruise ship by Norwegian Cruise Line and is slightly larger than sister ship Norwegian Escape. This is the first NCL vessel which has been purpose-built for the Chinese market and is based in the region offering cruises mainly for the Chinese. the ship features the first ever Race Track at Sea and as of writing this the biggest cruise ship in the fleet.

Norwegian Joy
Photo By: Norwegian Cruise Line

Cruise Line: Norwegian Cruise Line
Entered Service: April 2017
Gross Tonnage: 167,725
Length: 1,094 ft
Passengers: 3,883
Crew: 1,700

9. MSC Meraviglia

This is the first Meraviglia class vessel for MSC Cruises and the largest ever built for the cruise line to date. The ship entered service in 2017 and is currently based in the Mediterranean. A second identical ship named MSC Bellissima is under construction and will arrive early 2019.

MSC Meraviglia At Sea
Photo By: MSC Cruises

Cruise Line: MSC Cruises
Entered Service: June 2017
Gross Tonnage: 167,600
Length: 1,036 ft
Passengers: 4,500
Crew: 1,500

10. Norwegian Escape

Norwegian Escape is the largest ship in the NCL and is one of the highlights of the industry for 2015. The ship is the first of two Breakaway Plus ships and boasts onboard features like the oceans first ever Snow Room. The hull artwork was designed by Guy Harvey. The vessel was built at the Meyer Werft shipyard in Papenburg, Germany.

Norwegian Escape
Photo By: NCL

Cruise Line: Norwegian Cruise Line
Entered Service: Oct 2015
Gross Tonnage: 164,600
Length: 1,098 ft
Passengers: 4,200
Crew: 1,730

Thanks for reading our top ten biggest cruise ships in the world. Remember that this list will always be changing with new and larger ships already on order. It’s worth checking out New Cruise Ships On Order and Cruise Ship Refurbishments.

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