25 Biggest Cruise Ships You’ll Want To Consider For Your Next Vacation

Posted by , Updated on November 29, 2022

So, you’re hankering to go on a cruise, but not just any cruise, the biggest cruise. Because, why wouldn’t you? The largest cruise ships tend to have the most luxurious and impressive amenities. They’re practically giant cities sailing across the ocean. From lavish casinos to boisterous operas, these behemoths will give you more bang for your buck and let you and your family have a blast. So, all aboard! Here are the 25 Biggest Cruise Ships You’ll Want To Consider For Your Next Vacation.


MSC Splendida

MSC-SplendidaSource: http://www.travelweekly.com/Cruise/MSC-Cruises/MSC-Splendida

Built in 2009, the MSC Spendida is 1,092 feet (332 m) long, can carry 3,300 passengers, has thirteen decks, and weighs 137,936 tons.


MSC Fantasia

MSC_FantasiaSource: http://www.travelweekly.com/Cruise/MSC-Cruises/MSC-Fantasia

While it might only be 1,083 ft (330 m) in length, the MSC Fantasia still can carry 4,363 passengers with its 14 decks. Originally built in 2008, it was refurbished in 2017 and weighs 137,936 tons.


Mariner of the Seas

Mariner_of_the_Seas_CococaySource: http://www.travelweekly.com/Cruise/Royal-Caribbean-International/Mariner-of-the-Seas

Cruising through the Bahamas with 14 decks, the Mariner of the Seas, part of the Royal Caribbean line of ships, is 138,279 tons and has a passenger capacity of 3,807 people. It’s 1,020 ft (310 m) long and was built in 2003 and refurbished in 2012.


Navigator of the Seas

Navigator_of_the_SeasSource: http://www.travelweekly.com/Cruise/Royal-Caribbean-International/Navigator-of-the-Seas/Schedule

A mainline cruise ship, the Navigator of the Seas is 1,020 ft (310 m) long and can carry up to 3,990 passengers. It was first built in 2003 and refurbished in 2014. With 14 decks, it weighs 138,279 tons.


MSC Preziosa

MSC_PreziosaSource: http://www.travelweekly.com/Cruise/MSC-Cruises/MSC-Preziosa

Built in 2013, the MSC Preziosa weighs 139,072 tons and is 1,083 ft (330 m) long. With 14 decks, it can carry up to 4,345 passengers while it glides across the sea.


MSC Divina

MSC DivinaSource: http://www.travelweekly.com/Cruise/MSC-Cruises/MSC-Divina/Schedule

The MSC Divina weighs 139,072 tons. Built in 2012 with 14 decks and a length of 1,094 ft (333 m), it can carry 3,502 passengers.


Regal Princess

regal princessSource: http://www.travelweekly.com/Cruise/Princess-Cruises/Regal-Princess/Schedule

Built in 2014 at 1,083 ft (330m) long, the Regal Princess weighs 141,000 tons. With 15 decks, it can carry up to 3,560 passengers.



BritanniaSource: http://www.travelweekly.com/Cruise/PO-Cruises/Britannia

Britannia is part of the P&O Cruises and was first built in 2015. It weighs 141,000 tons and is 1,082 ft (329 m) long. It can carry up to 3,600 passengers.


Norwegian Getaway

Norwegian_GetawaySource: http://www.travelweekly.com/Cruise/Norwegian-Cruise-Line/Norwegian-Getaway/Schedule

Take the ultimate getaway on the Norwegian Getaway, a cruise ship weighing 144,017 tons and capable of carrying 4,000 passengers. It’s also got its own water park.


Norwegian Breakaway

norwegian breakawaySource: http://www.travelweekly.com/Cruise/Norwegian-Cruise-Line/Norwegian-Breakaway

The Norwegian Breakaway beats the Norwegian Getaway in tonnage, weighing 146,600 tons. Built in 2013 with a length of 1,068.3 ft (325 m), it can house 3,969 passengers.


Queen Mary 2

queen mary 2Source: http://www.travelweekly.com/Cruise/Cunard-Line/Queen-Mary-2/Schedule

Built in 2003 and refurbished in 2016, the Queen Mary 2 weighs 148,528 tons with a length of 1,132 ft (345 m) and can carry 2,691 passengers.


World Dream

world dreamSource: http://www.travelweekly.com/Cruise/Dream-Cruises/World-Dream/Itineraries

Recently built in 2017, the World Dream weighs 151,300 tons and has the capacity to carry 3,376 passengers. She’s ported in Hong Kong and Nansha and tours out to Vietnam and the Philippines.


Independence of the Seas

Independence of the SeasSource: http://www.travelweekly.com/Cruise/Royal-Caribbean-International/Independence-of-the-Seas/Schedule

Weighing 154,407 tons and measuring 1,112 ft (338 m), the Independence of the Seas is another ship within the Royal Carribean line of cruise ships. Built in 2008 and refurbished in 2013, it’s practically a city on the sea, carrying 3,634 passengers.


Freedom of the Seas

freedom of the seasSource: http://www.travelweekly.com/Cruise/Royal-Caribbean-International/Freedom-of-the-Seas/Schedule

The Freedom of the Seas was built in 2006 and refurbished in 2015. It’s capable of carrying 4,515 passengers. It tours the Bahamas weekly with an impressive weight of 154,407 tons.


Norwegian Epic

Norwegian EpicSource: http://www.travelweekly.com/Cruise/Norwegian-Cruise-Line/Norwegian-Epic/Schedule

Carrying 4,228 passengers throughout the Caribbean, the Norwegian Epic has 15 decks and weighs a mighty 153,000 tons. It includes all the amenities and more with performances from the Blue Man Group and Cirque Dreams.


Liberty of the Seas

liberty of the seasSource: http://www.travelweekly.com/Cruise/Royal-Caribbean-International/Liberty-of-the-Seas/Schedule

When the Liberty of the Seas was built in 2007, it took the title of being the world’s largest cruise line away from the Queen Mary 2. With 14 decks that can carry 4,960 passengers, this behemoth weighs 154,407 tons.


Norwegian Escape

norwegian escapeSource: http://www.travelweekly.com/Cruise/Norwegian-Cruise-Line/Norwegian-Escape

Built in 2015 with a length of 1,069 ft (325 m), the Norwegian Escape weighs 164,000 tons and carries up to 4,248 passengers. It’s based out of Miami and has a unique hull painted by Guy Harvey.


Norwegian Joy

norwegian joySource: http://www.meyerwerft.de/en/meyerwerft_de/schiffe/kreuzfahrtschiffe/norwegian_cruise_line/norwegian_bliss/norwegian_bliss_1.jsp

Built in 2017, the Norwegian Joy is the sister vessel of the Norwegian Escape and weighs 167,800 tons. It can carry up to 4,200 passengers. Its first voyage was to China in 2017.


Ovation of the Seas

ovation of the seaSource: http://www.travelweekly.com/Cruise/Royal-Caribbean-International/Ovation-of-the-Seas/Schedule

Part of the Quantum class ship, the Ovation of the Seas weighs 168,666 tons and has 16 decks that can carry up to 4,905 passengers. It takes regular tours around the Bahamas.


Anthem of the Seas

anthem of the seasSource: http://www.travelweekly.com/Cruise/Royal-Caribbean-International/Anthem-of-the-Seas/Schedule

The Anthem of the Seas was built in 2015 to tour the Bahamas. With 16 decks, a length of 1,141 ft (347 m), and weighing 168,666 tons, it can house up to 4,905 passengers.


Quantum of the Seas

quantum of the seaSource: http://www.travelweekly.com/Cruise/Royal-Caribbean-International/Quantum-of-the-Seas

Weighing a whopping 167,800 tons, the Quantum of the Seas is a premier cruise vessel touring the Bahamas. With 16 decks and a length of 1,141 ft (347 m), it also can carry 4,905 passengers. Most impressive, it has a glass observation pod held by a long mechanical arm.


MSC Meraviglia

msc mergavaliaSource: http://www.travelweekly.com/Cruise/MSC-Cruises/MSC-Meraviglia

Making a recent debut in 2017, the MSC Meraviglia weighs 171,598 tons and can house 5,714 passengers.


Oasis of the Seas

Oasis_of_the_SeasSource: http://www.travelweekly.com/Cruise/Royal-Caribbean-International/Oasis-of-the-Seas/Schedule

With 16 decks and a length of 1,187 ft (361 m), the Oasis of the Seas is one of Royal Caribbean’s largest ships. This monster weighs 225,282 tons and has the capacity to carry 6,780 passengers.


Harmony of the Seas

harmony of the seasSource: http://www.travelweekly.com/Cruise/Royal-Caribbean-International/Harmony-of-the-Seas/Schedule

Built in 2016 and weighing 226,963 tons, the Harmony of the Seas was the world’s largest cruise ship for a time until it was overtaken by a later model. With 16 decks, it has the capacity to carry 6,687 passengers.


Symphony of the Seas

symphony of the seasSource: http://www.travelweekly.com/Cruise/Royal-Caribbean-International/Symphony-of-the-Seas/Schedule

Symphony of the Seas is the world’s largest cruise ship, weighing 230,000 tons. However, you’ll have to wait until October 2018 to take a journey on this massive ship. It’ll have 16 decks and be capable of carrying 5,400 passengers.

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