Biggest cruise ships (industry overview)

''The thing that’s attractive about bigger ships is you have more choice and variety on board. We make a lot more money on them. Ticket revenue and on-board revenue is dramatically higher on larger ships than on smaller, older ships.'' Colin Veitch, NCL’s CEO

Biggest Cruise Ship comparisonThe size of the cruise ship is one of the key factors when a person decides how to spend his or her vacation. During the years, the cruise ship industry has dramatically developed due to its major part in the tourism industry. The tendency is building larger then the biggest cruise ship.

The big size comes with more features, more opportunities for entertainment and lower prices. The idea of a cruise ship transforms in time and the ship industry tries to answer the demands.

As of 2010, the biggest cruise ship in the world is the Oasis-class Allure of the Seas operated by Royal Caribbean International.

Biggest Cruise Ship Top 10

The ranking for the biggest cruise ship is done taking into consideration their overall length and their gross tonnage.

N

Name

Line

Year

Gross Tonnage

Length

Capacity

1 Allure of The Seas Royal Caribbean International 2010

225,282

362 m

1,187 feet

6,296

2 Oasis of The Seas Royal Caribbean International 2009

225,282

362 m

1,187 feet

6,296

3 Norwegian Epic Norwegian Cruise Line 2010

155,873

329m

1,081 feet

5,183

4 Freedom of the Seas Royal Caribbean International 2006

154,407

339 m

1,112 feet

4,375

Liberty of the Seas Royal Caribbean International 2007

154,407

339 m

1,112 feet

4,375

Independence of the Seas Royal Caribbean International 2008

154,407

339 m

1,112 feet

4,375

7 Queen Mary 2 Cunard 2004

148,528

345 m

1,132 feet

3,090

8 Norwegian Breakaway Norwegian Cruise Line 2013

146,600

326 m

1,068 feet

3,988

9 Norwegian Gateway Norwegian Cruise Line 2014

145,655

326 m

1,068 feet

3,910

10 Royal Princess Princess Cruises 2013

142,229

330m

1,083 feet

4,100

 

''The biggest cruise ship in time'' - History of the cruise industry

''Once upon a time there was no such thing as setting sail for pleasure. Ships carried crowds of passengers from one destination to the other until the 1960s, when the wind blew in the industry’s sails and modern cruising as we know it today took form.''

Biggest-Cruise-Ship-Titanic-vs-AllureIn the middle of 19th century the main passengers ship purpose was transferring people across the Atlantic. The then biggest cruise ship had an amenities like onboard electricity, there was no luxury or show program.

The first cruise ever in the history has often been stated to be the two month (from 22 January to 22 March) Augusta Victoria voyage in the Near East and the Mediterranean in 1891. The first biggest cruise ship had a capacity of 241 passengers.

In 1900 came the first ship exclusively built for cruising. Her name was Prinzessin Victoria Luise. The general manager of Hamburg-America Line, Mr. Albert Ballin, designed the ship. She was the biggest cruise ship with overall length of 124 m.

Portof-Miami1971WirePhotoThe shipping industry noticed that a transatlantic crossings was four-day-long at least. The companies tried to attract more passengers by adding different luxuries. This was the era of RMS Titanic. She was the biggest cruise ship in 1912. She was built by Harland & Wolff with length of 269.06 m and cost $7,500,000 (£1.5 million). RMS Titanic sank after a tragic accident on her maiden voyage but there is a current project of her recreation by the Australian billionaire Clive Palmer. The new Titanic 2 ship will be ready in 2016.

In the early 30s of the 20th century Adolf Hitler, the Nazi leader, helped the developing of the cruising industry. He tried to unite the nation by giving holiday packages to German workers.

PortofMiami2007-2Turning point for the cruise industry was the 1960s advent of large passenger jet aircraft. The people replaced the ships with planes for transportation. The ocean liners started declining slowly while the cruising voyages increased their popularity. Major success in the 1980s was the change of SS France, ocean liner. Converted to the then biggest cruise ship SS Norway. She was the first ''super-ship'' in the Caribbean.

The record for the biggest cruise ship was held by Norway for a long time. Their era ended in the late 1980s with the begging of the Sovereign-class. They were the pioneers to include glass elevators and multi-story atrium. They were at the top of the biggest cruise ship ranking and were the ''first modern megaships''. The Sovereign-class was followed by the Fantasy-class.

Since the begging of the 21st century, the ship industry adds at least nine cruise ships every year. There is only one cruise liner built in the recent years, in 2004 – RMS Queen Mary 2. She replaced the retired Queen Elizabeth 2 and stayed the largest passengers ship until the launch of the Royal Caribbean International Freedom Class in 2006. Those vessels were occupying the first places in the biggest cruise ship ranking until the debut of the current leaders – the Oasis-class.

The Biggest Cruise Ship to Come

''History has shaped the evolution of ships and at-sea experiences, but what the future of cruising holds remains far on the horizon.''

The next innovation step is the Quantum of the seas. She will be the new biggest cruise ship in the world and she is expected in the fall of 2014. Quantum will sail with amenities like the revolutionary skydiving simulator Ripcord by iFly and Family-Connected staterooms.

The competition of building the most exiting cruise ship in the world continues and the title ''biggest cruise ship'' is very attractive to every company.

Here is the Top 8 of the largest cruise ships under construction.

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Name

Line

Year

Gross Tonnage

Capacity

1 Oasis-Class Royal Caribbean International 2016 227,700 6,500
2 Quantum of the Seas Royal Caribbean International 2014 167,800 4,100
Anthem of the Seas Royal Caribbean International 2015 167,800 4,100
Quantum-Class Royal Caribbean International 2016 167,800 4,100
5 Norwegian Escape Norwegian Cruise Line 2015 163,000 4,200
Norwegian Bliss Norwegian Cruise Line 2017 163,000 4,200
7 TBA Star Cruises 2016 150,000 4,500
8 Britannia P&O Cruises 2015 141,000 4,100
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