The 10 Largest Cruise Ships in the World

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From tropical waters of the Caribbean to the fridged seas off of Alaska, cruise ships travel just about anywhere the seas will let them. To be such world travelers, some of these ships are built to enormous proportions.

Royal Caribbean currently holds seven of the top ten slots for the world’s biggest cruise ships. Here are the ten largest cruise ships in the world. Get ready to be astounded at each ship’s magnificence.

10. Norwegian Joy

Norwegian Joy
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Also part of the Norwegian Cruise Line family, Norwegian Joy is a 167,725-ton vessel with 20 decks and a maximum capacity of 3,883. It cruises between China and Australia and has been in service since 2017. Like its sister ship Bliss, Joy also has its own go-kart track. Other features include 24/7 concierge service, private dining, special perks, and the Galaxy Pavilion, a virtual reality experience with thrilling simulator rides and interactive video walls.

Norwegian Joy cruises year-round from the west coast to Alaska, the Mexican Riviera, and Panama Canal from Miami and Los Angeles.

FUN FACT: The official language onboard is Mandarin.

9. Norwegian Bliss

Norwegian Bliss
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This 168,028-ton vessel is part of the Norwegian Cruise Line family. In fact, it’s the newest and largest member of the Norwegian Cruise Line’s Breakaway-Plus class. It boasts waterslides, an open-air laser tag course, productions of Broadway shows like Jersey Boys, and the largest go-kart race track at sea. One of its most popular features is the Observation Lounge, which offers incredible views of scenery like glaciers, dolphins, bald eagles, and turquoise waters. By the way, Norwegian Bliss’ itineraries include Alaska and the Caribbean.

8. Anthem of the Seas

Anthem Of The Seas
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As you can see Royal believes that bigger is better, which is why they own seven of the largest ships in the world. Anyway, Anthem of the Seas is the only Quantum class ship that sails the Atlantic. Its destinations include North America, the Caribbean, Bermuda, and the Bahamas. Like Quantum of the Seas, Anthem also has onboard bumper cars, an indoor skydiving simulator, pools, and 16 decks. It also weighs 168,666 tons.

FUN FACT: In 2016, Anthem of the Seas became the largest cruise ship to ever visit a Canadian port.

7. Quantum of the Seas

Quantum Of The Seas
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The first ship in Royal Caribbean’s Quantum class, Quantum of the Seas offers 16 decks, 18 restaurants (including Jamie’s Italian), onboard bumper cars, an indoor skydiving simulator, a casino, a Mandarin-speaking crew, and a jewel-shaped glass capsule that rises 300+ feet in the air and provides guests with breathtaking 360-degree views.

Quantum of the Seas, which weighs 168,666 tons, is specially designed for the Asian market, therefore it typically cruises out of China and has an abundance of Asian food options.

6. Ovation of the Seas

Ovation Of The Seas
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Just when you thought we were done with Royal Caribbean, here comes another one. This time, it’s a ship from the cruise line’s Quantum class. Ovation of the Seas alternates between both ends of the Pacific. It spends the Northern Hemisphere summer in Seattle for cruises into Alaska. The rest of the year it’s in Sydney, Australia. There’s plenty of family fun and entertainment on Ovation, including dancing robots. There’s lots of dining options, too, including Jamie’s Italian, which features rustic dishes inspired by Italy and its traditions and values.

-Ovation of the Seas boasts the first-ever Virtual Balcony staterooms.
-Be on the lookout for the ship’s newest feature coming soon: a 10 meter tall mother panda and cub.

5. MSC Meraviglia

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And, now for the first ship on this list that’s NOT a part of the Oasis class–introducing MSC Meraviglia! This vessel, which weighs 171,598 tons, belongs to MSC Cruises, a Swiss-based cruise line offering vacations in the Caribbean, Mediterranean, Emirates, and beyond. MSC Meraviglia has 19 decks, a two-deck indoor promenade, an outdoor water park, an amusement area, and its own branch of Eataly, a world-renowned Italian delicatessen chain. It also boasts the longest LED dome at sea. According to MSC’s website, the 5,200 square foot LED screen transmits “visual magic around the clock: an atmospheric digital sky that animates the whole area from above with inspiring vistas, events, sunrises, sunsets, and starry night skies.”

4. Oasis of the Seas

Oasis Of The Seas
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Oasis of the Seas is the original in the Oasis class. It was also the first to feature the “seven neighborhoods” concept. Although it weighs the same as Allure of the Seas and also has 18 decks, it’s slightly shorter than Allure and can accommodate only 6,780 passengers. There’s plenty of entertainment, though, including an onboard zip line.

-When Oasis launched in 2009, it set a new capacity record and held the deepest high dive pool at sea.
-During its launch, guests were treated to exclusive performances of the Broadway musical Hairspray.

3. Allure of the Seas

Allure Of The Seas
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Yet another vessel in Royal Caribbean’s Oasis class, Allure of the Seas weighs 225,282 tons, measures 362 meters in length and 66 meters in width, and, like Harmony of the Seas, has a maximum capacity of 6,687. The ship also has 25 dining options, 18 decks, 10 whirlpools, four pools, sports facilities, lush suites, its own marketplace, and a state-of-the-art 1,380-seat theater that offers performances of Broadway shows.

FUN FACT: Because of a partnership Royal Caribbean has with DreamWorks Entertainment, Allure of the Seas, along with most of its sister ships, has characters from movies like Shrek and Madagascar onboard.

2. Harmony of the Seas

Harmony Of The Seas
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Harmony of the Seas, also part of Royal Caribbean’s Oasis class, is the second largest cruise ship in the world. Coming in at 226,963 tons, this vessel measures 361 meters in length and 65.7 meters in width. It has 18 decks and a maximum capacity of 6,687. Like Symphony of the Seas, this ship also has seven neighborhoods, a giant slide, and a bar with robot servers. In fact, it shares much of the same layout, services and activities as Symphony of the Seas.

1. Symphony of the Seas

Symphony Of The Seas
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Symphony of the Seas, which is part of Royal Caribbean’s Oasis class, is the world’s largest cruise ship. The 228,081-ton vessel has 18 decks and measures 1,188 feet. We promise you this is the last Royal Caribbean cruise ship we’re going to mention on this list. Depending on the cruise, the ship’s most expensive suite can run you more than $170k!

Symphony of the Seas is organized into “neighborhoods,” or themes, based on cities. For example, there’s the Central Park and Boardwalk neighborhoods.

Here’s what else the ship has to offer:
-22 restaurants, including the Alice in Wonderland-inspired Wonderland Imaginative Cuisine
-24 pools
-2 surf simulators
-Waterslides, including the Ultimate Abyss, the world’s largest waterslide at sea which sends riders down a 92-foot drop
-Multiple theaters
-Marquee shows
-An ice-skating rink
-Laser tag
-Splashaway Bay, which is a playground-water park hybrid
-Hot tubs
-A fitness center
-A spa
-A beauty salon and barbershop
-The Bionic Bar, which has robot bartenders serving drinks to passengers
-Two 43-foot-tall rock climbing walls
-An 82-foot zip line ride above the Boardwalk
-A candy store


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