World’s Largest Cruise Ships (2019)

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Allure of the Seas
Allure of the Seas

Did you know, there are over 325 cruise ships in the world? With so many brands and names of ships it is hard to keep up with which is the largest ship and who it belongs to!

Below we present the World’s Largest Cruise Ships – you’ll see a familiar pattern amongst some, but over the next few years, this list will change massively with over 100 new ships on order from all of the major cruise lines! Expect the list to change massively!

The list

Note: The Top 10 is in the order of largest (tonnage) rather than maximum passengers. Some ships are more family-friendly than others and offer extra berths in cabins (4/5 passengers max) compared to other lines that have a lot of doubles (2/3 passengers max) cabins.

1Symphony of the Seas

Symphony of the Seas
Symphony of the Seas

The fourth in the Oasis-class ships from Royal Caribbean, Symphony of the Seas joined the fleet last and is the largest ship in the world currently.

  • Cruise Line: Royal Caribbean International
  • Length: 361.0m (1,184ft)
  • Tonnage: 228,081 GRT
  • Cabins: 2,759
  • Passengers: 6,680
  • Launched: 2018

2Harmony of the Seas

Harmony of the Seas
Harmony of the Seas

The third of the Oasis-class ships to join Royal Caribbean; Harmony of the Seas joined the fleet in 2016.

  • Cruise Line: Royal Caribbean International
  • Length: 362.2m (1,188ft)
  • Tonnage: 226,963 GRT
  • Cabins: 2,747
  • Passengers: 6,687
  • Launched: 2016

3Allure of the Seas

Allure of the Seas
Allure of the Seas

The second of the Oasis-class ships to join Royal Caribbean; Allure of the Seas joined the fleet in 2010 and has already undertaken a $110 refit program to enhance her further.

  • Cruise Line: Royal Caribbean International
  • Length: 360.0m (1,180ft)
  • Tonnage: 225,282 GRT
  • Cabins: 2,742
  • Passengers: 6,780
  • Launched: 2010

4Oasis of the Seas

Oasis of the Seas
Oasis of the Seas

The first of the Oasis-class ships for Royal Caribbean; Oasis of the Seas turned heads everywhere she went at her sheer size! She arrived in 2009.

  • Cruise Line: Royal Caribbean International
  • Length: 360.0m (1,180ft)
  • Tonnage: 225,282 GRT
  • Cabins: 2,742
  • Passengers: 6,780
  • Launched: 2009

5AIDAnova

AIDAnova
AIDAnova

AIDAnova is the world’s first LNG-powered cruise ship and the start of a new trend in ship-building technologies. She arrived in 2018.

  • Cruise Line: Aida Cruises
  • Length: 325.0m (1,066ft)
  • Tonnage: 183,858 GRT
  • Cabins: 2,500
  • Passengers: 6,600
  • Launched: 2018

6Costa Smeralda

Costa Smeralda preview
Costa Smeralda preview

The first LNG-powered cruise ship for Costa Cruises; Costa Smeralda will join their fleet after a slight delay in November 2019.

  • Cruise Line: Costa Cruises
  • Length: 337.1m (1,106ft)
  • Tonnage: 183,900 GRT
  • Cabins: 2,641
  • Passengers: 6,522
  • Launched: November 2019

7MSC Grandiosa

MSC Grandiosa sea trials August 2019
MSC Grandiosa sea trials August 2019

The first of the Meraviglia-Plus class ships from MSC Cruises; MSC Grandiosa is part of a wave of new ships on their way from MSC. She’ll become their flagship in November 2019.

  • Cruise Line: MSC Cruises
  • Length: 331.4m (1,087ft)
  • Tonnage: 181,000 GRT
  • Cabins: 2,241
  • Passengers: 6,334
  • Launched: November 2019

8MSC Meraviglia

MSC Meraviglia
MSC Meraviglia

The first of the Meraviglia-class ships from MSC Cruises she marked the start of a brand new class and building spree from MSC.

  • Cruise Line: MSC Cruises
  • Length: 315.8m (1,036ft)
  • Tonnage: 171,598 GRT
  • Cabins: 2,244
  • Passengers: 5,654
  • Launched: 2017

9MSC Bellissima

MSC Bellissima
MSC Bellissima

The second of the Meraviglia-class ships from MSC Cruises; MSC Bellissima joined the fleet in early 2019.

  • Cruise Line: MSC Cruises
  • Length: 315.8m (1,036ft)
  • Tonnage: 171,598 GRT
  • Cabins: 2,217
  • Passengers: 5,686
  • Launched: 2019

10Spectrum of the Seas

Spectrum of the Seas external preview

The first of the Quantum-Ultra class ships from Royal Caribbean; Spectrum of the Seas offers enhanced features over her four older Quantum class sisters.

  • Cruise Line: Royal Caribbean International
  • Length: 348.0m (1,141ft)
  • Tonnage: 169,379 GRT
  • Cabins: 2,090
  • Passengers: 4,905
  • Launched: 2019

Large ships due to launch in 2020

There are over 100 new cruise ships either being built or on order books for all the major cruise lines around the world, many of the future ships will move into the top 10 list we have here! Upcoming ships include:

  • MSC Virtuosa (MSC Cruises – 2020)
  • Iona (P&O Cruises – 2020)
  • Mardi Gras (Carnival Cruise Line – 2020)

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