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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.

Largest Cruise Ships Still To Come

Before we look at the top 10 biggest cruise ships let’s take a look at some future cruise ships. We’re going to start with the mega ships currently on order which might make the top 10 list in the future. Symphony of the Seas will arrive in 2018, it will be the new world’s largest cruise ship! Under that will be a new class vessel for Asian based Star Cruises at 201,000 gross tons coming in 2020, a second sister ship will arrive in 2021.

Some other mega big cruise ships will be a new generation World class ship for MSC Cruises, the first will arrive in 2022 at 200,000 gross tons. A new EVO Seaside class which is an evolution to the current MSC Seaside will be an impressive 169,380 tons. Royal Caribbean will also have the first Icon Class at 200,000 gross tons in 2022.

If we mentioned all the large cruise ships now on order wei’ll be here doe a while but so remember there are many major cruise ships still to come including new classes from Norwegian Cruise Line and Virgin Voyages which won’t make the top 10 list found below.

List of Top 10 largest 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. 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.

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

2. Allure of the Seas

This ship is just huge and is the second in the record breaking Oasis class for Royal Caribbean. Allure 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 Zip line and the AquaTheater.

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

3. 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.

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

4. 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.

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

5. 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.

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

6. 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.

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

7. 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.

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

8. Norwegian Epic

Norwegian Epic went through a real struggle to become a reality due to funding disputes between NCL and the STX shipyard in Saint-Nazaire, France. For a while, Epic was known as the F3 Project and is now a unique cruise ship. The ship boasts a large Aqua Park and cabins for single passengers. Norwegian Epic can be easily noticed due to its shoe box design on top.

Cruise Line: Norwegian Cruise Line
Entered Service: June 2010
Gross Tonnage: 155,873
Length: 1,081 ft
Passengers: 4,100
Crew: 1,700

9. Freedom of the Seas (Inc All Class)

All the Freedom class ships are at number 6 as they are all exactly the same design. When Freedom of the Seas arrived it was the largest cruise ship in the world and brought many new onboard features that can now be experienced across the Royal Caribbean fleet. The ship was built at the Turku shipyard in Finland.

Cruise Line: Royal Caribbean
Entered Service: June 2006
Gross Tonnage: 154,407
Length: 1,112 ft
Passengers: 1,360
Crew: 1,700

10. Queen Mary 2

Do we really have to write something about this well known cruise ship from one of the most iconic cruise lines in the world. The ship was built at the STX shipyard in Saint-Nazaire, France and is a totally unique design for transatlantic crossings. Queen mary 2 was the biggest cruise ship in the world when it was completed.

Cruise Line: Cunard Line
Entered Service: Jan 2004
Gross Tonnage: 148,528
Length: 1,132 ft
Passengers: 2,620
Crew: 1,250

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.