Top 13 Largest Cruise Ships in the World in 2019

Top 13 Largest Cruise Ships in the World in 2019

Cruise ships are majestic giants of the seas that can carry thousands of passengers.

Just this year, three epic cruise ships debuted in the world’s oceans, leaving us in awe and wonderment – MSC Bellissima, Spectrum of the Seas and Costa Venezia. From 10 story water slides to race tracks and cupcake classes – these mighty ships have it all.

The largest cruise ship in the world is Symphony of the Seas, with a length of 1,184 ft (361 m) by Royal Caribbean International (RCI). This glorious 2019 Oasis-class cruise ship has 16 decks for guest use with basketball court, a 43ft rock-climbing walls, central park, ice-skating rink, racer slides and a large number of restaurants and clubs.

Cruising on these ships is a completely different experience than, for example, sailing yourself across the Atlantic.

It is simply spectacular just to look at them, let alone cruise on it.

The Top 13 Largest Cruise Ships in the World in 2019 Are:

1. Symphony of the Seas

largest cruise ships Symphony of the Seas
Symphony of the Seas

This 1,184 ft (361 m) long cruise ship is the largest as of May 2019. It’s very easy to be impressed by these colossal cruise ships.

Let me give you a few other amazing details about this beauty, and what this largest ship in the world can offer.

She is able to accommodate 5,518 passengers at double occupancy up to a maximum capacity of 6,680 passengers, as well as a 2,200-person crew.

Symphony of the Seas is an extraordinary piece of engineering by Royal Caribbean International. An Oasis-class cruise ship being 1,184 ft (361 m) in length and 215 ft (65 m) wide, has 18 total decks. With its sheer beauty and so much to offer – it is staggering.

16 decks for guest use, 22 restaurants, 24 pools, 2759 cabins, 20,000 tropical plants in the ship’s central pack – must I continue?

Things to do:

  • surf simulator
  • indoor ice skating rink
  • 43-foot rock climbing walls
  • zip line
  • 10-story slide
  • spa
  • cocktails made by robotic bartenders
  • Central Park inspired neighborhood

The experience rating for this ship is excellent – 4.6 out of 5, based on 410 reviews on Travel USNews.

The route for Symphony of the Seas is from Miami throughout Bahamas and Caribbean. It also has itineraries throughout Europe.

2. Harmony of the Seas

largest cruise ships Harmony of the Seas
Harmony of the Seas

Harmony of the Seas is the second largest cruise ship in the world, also from RCI and in the same Oasis-class. It was built in 2016.

Harmony of the Seas is 1,188 ft (362) in length, which means it is 1m longer than Symphony of the Seas but is the second largest cruise ship in the world by gross tonnage, which is how we measure the size of these ships.

She has 18 total decks (16 guest decks) and is able to accommodate 5,479 passengers at double occupancy up to a maximum capacity of 6,687 passengers, and 2,200 international crew.

Things to do:

  • surf simulators
  • rock climbing walls
  • 10-story slide
  • multistory waterslides
  • arcade and other clubs for kids
  • cocktail bars and lounges

The Experience Rating for Harmony of the Seas is 4.4 out of 5, based on 1285 reviews.

Harmony of the Seas has a route from Fort Lauderdale and Orlando to Bahamas and Caribbean.

3. Allure of the Seas

largest cruise ships Allure of the Seas
Allure of the Seas

Allure of the Seas shares the 3rd position with Oasis of the Seas for the largest cruise ship in the world, both cruise ships being 1,187 ft (362 m) in length, but is the 3rd largest by gross tonnage. Spectacular looking.

This is yet another cruise ship from Royal Caribbean International which started cruising in 2009. Upon the launch it was the largest ship in the world, surpassing Oasis of the Seas.

Allure of the Seas has the same 18 total decks (16 guest decks) as the other two cruise ships from RCI, and can accomodate 5,484 passengers at double occupancy, up to 6,780 passengers, with 2,200 crew.

Things to do:

  • rock climbing
  • ice skating
  • 7 unique neighborhoods
  • variety of shows, activities and dining options
  • zip line that descends 9 decks
  • 2 surf simulators
  • floating version of Central Park with seasonal gardens
  • youth clubs

The Experience Rating for Allure of the Seas is 4.3 out of 5, based on 2540 reviews.

The route of Allure of the Seas is from Miami and Ft. Lauderdale to Mexico, Caribbean and Central America.

4. Oasis of the Seas

largest cruise ships Oasis of the Seas
Oasis of the Seas

Oasis of the Seas shares the 3rd place for the largest cruise ships in the world with Allure of the Seas, being 1,186.5 ft (361,6 m) long, but having the same gross tonnage.

It is another Oasis-class cruise ship, launched in 2009.

At the launch it set a new capacity record carrying over 6,000 passengers. The gross tonnage of Oasis of the Seas is 225,282. Her displacement—the actual mass of the vessel—is estimated at approximately 100,000 metric tons (110,000 short tons), slightly less than that of an American Nimitz-class aircraft carrier.

Oasis of the Seas has 18 total decks (16 guest decks), and can accomodate 5,484 passengers at double occupancy, up to 6,780 passengers, with 2,200 crew.

Things to do:

  • carousel
  • zip line
  • two surf simulators
  • Central Park green space
  • designer boutiques
  • 17 dining venues, etc.

The Experience Rating for Oasis of the Seas is 4.2 out of 5, based on 3076 reviews.

Oasis of the Seas route is from Miami, Orlando, Rome and Barcelona to Bahamas, the Caribbean and throughout Europe.

5. AIDANova

largest cruise ships AIDANova
AIDANova

This charming looking ship called AIDANova is a 1106 ft (337 m) long cruise ship built by Meyer Werft in Papenburg, Germany, under contract from Carnival Corporation for AIDA Cruises. It sits on the 5th position of the largest cruise ships in the world list.

AIDANova was launched in November 2018 and uses liquefied natural gas to operate.

It is a beautiful looking cruise ship, which has organic natural Green Spa concept and products, double water slides, clubs, bistros, rooms for babies and toddlers, restaurants and dance clubs.

AIDANova has 20 decks and a passenger capacity of 5,200 with a max of 6,600, and a crew of 1,500.

Things to do:

  • large gym on deck 8 with cycling, weight reduction and full body workouts
  • double water slides
  • climbing garden
  • Mini Club, Kids club and Wave Club for teens
  • 17 restaurants
  • the Cube night club and rock bars
  • beach club and art gallery
  • theatrium – world-class entertainment in 360 degree format
  • on-sea TV studio to produce and broadcast shows where guests can be involved
  • mystery room, etc.

The route for AIDANova is in the Mediterranean and Canary Islands.

6. MSC Meraviglia

largest cruise ships MSC Meraviglia
MSC Meraviglia

MSC Meraviglia is a fantastic looking 1,036 ft (315.83 m) cruise ship owned by MSC Cruises and built in St. Nazaire, France. It went into service in June 2017 and has a passenger capacity of 4.500.

It sits on the 6th position and shares the place on the list with MSC Bellissima.

MSC Meraviglia includes a promenade with a long LED roof, a water park with water slides, theater and many other amenities.

MSC Meraviglia has 15 passenger decks and 1,536 crew.

Things to do:

  • polar aqua-park
  • TV studio & bar
  • Attic night club
  • Sportplex for sports activities
  • bowling alley
  • baby club
  • mini and juniors club
  • teens club
  • 12 dining venues with bars and lounges, etc.

MSC Meraviglia route is from Miami and New York to Caribbean, Cuba, Antilles and Canada New England.

7. MSC Bellissima

largest cruise ships MSC Bellissima
MSC Bellissima

MSC Bellissima shares the 6th position as the largest cruise ship in the world with MSC Meraviglia having the same gross tonnage, and is the length of 1,036 ft (315.83m).

MSC Bellissima is another ship operated by MSC Cruises, having the same capacity as MSC Meraviglia – 4,500 passengers, and has 18 decks. She departed for her maiden voyage on March 24, 2019.

This impressively looking cruise ship offers a remarkable array of features, with innovative MSC for Me technology for enhanced onboard experience, connecting guests with each other, and the crew and ship itself as well.

It has a beautiful galleria Bellissima, the longest LED dome at sea, big pools, clubs, spa, gym and everything you will ever need on a cruise.

Things to do:

  • big aqua park
  • TV studio & bar
  • Attic night club
  • Sportplex for sports activities
  • bowling alley
  • baby club
  • mini and juniors club
  • teens club
  • 12 dining venues with 20 bars and lounges

Her route at the moment is Mediterranean, but will re-position to the Persian Gulf, cruising roundtrip from Dubai for the 2019/2020 winter cruise season.

8. Spectrum of the Seas

largest cruise ships Spectrum of the Seas
Spectrum of the Seas

Spectrum of the Seas is the 8th largest cruise ship in the world, with a length of 1,141 ft (348 m) from RCI’s Quantum-Ultra class. It is also the first ship of that class, completed in April 2019

Spectrum of the Seas is currently cruising in China and Japan, and has 4,246 passengers (double occupancy) and 4,905 passengers at maximum occupancy, across 16 decks.

Things to do:

  • Sky pad bungee trampoline virtual reality experience
  • ultimate family suite
  • Casino royale
  • TW070 entertainment shows
  • Royal theatre
  • Video Arcade room
  • rock climbing experience
  • skydiving simulator
  • North Star capsule for 300 feet above the ocean panoramic views
  • flowrider, etc.

Spectrum of the Seas route is Asia – from Hong Kong and from Shanghai, China.

9. Quantum of the Seas

largest cruise ships Quantum of the Seas
Quantum of the Seas

This majestic looking cruise ship is from a Quantum class by RCI. It is 1,138.6 ft (347 m) in length and the lead ship of that class. Quantum class is the third largest class of cruise ships behind MSC Meraviglia class and Oasis Class by gross tonnage.

Quantum of the Seas is 9th world’s largest cruise ship, and she started her maiden voyage in November 2014. She has 4,180 passengers at double occupancy and 4,905 passengers at maximum occupancy, with 1,500 crew and 18 decks (16 guest decks).

Quantum of the Seas’ route is Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, China and Japan.

10. Anthem of the Seas

largest cruise ships Anthemof the Seas
Anthem of the Seas

This is yet another cruise ship from the RCI having 1,138 ft (347 m) in length, and sharing the 9th spot on the list of the largest cruise ships in the world with Quantum of the Seas and Ovation of the Seas.

It is the second ship of her class which debuted in 2015.

Anthem of the Seas offers much in entertainment department, similar to other cruise ships from her class.

Same as Quantum of the Seas, she has 4,180 passengers at double occupancy and 4,905 passengers at maximum occupancy, with 1,500 crew and 18 total decks (16 guest decks).

Things to do:

  • sea skydiving simulator
  • 360-degree observation pod, 300 ft above the sea
  • cabins and interior rooms with virtual balconies
  • spas
  • rock climbing
  • bumper cars
  • casino games
  • 19 dining venues, etc.

Anthem of the Seas has a route through Bahamas, Caribbean, Bermuda and New England Canada.

11. Ovation of the Seas

largest cruise ships Ovation of the Seas
Ovation of the Seas

A magnificient looking cruise ship from the same Quantum class sharing the 9th position with the other two ships above, it is 1,142 ft (348 m) in length and is looking impressive.

Ovation of the Seas sails through Alaska, Canada, Hawai, transpacific, also Japan, Singapore and Australia.

This ship has to offer almost everything that all the other Quantum class ships have, from rock climbing and flowrider, to North Star cabin and a large number of various restaurants and bars. Truly, everything you would want from a cruise ship.

Just as Anthem of the Seas, she has 4,180 passengers at double occupancy and 4,905 passengers at maximum occupancy, with 1,500 crew and 18 total decks (16 guest decks).

And she has much to offer, from RipCord by iFly wind tunnel and North Star panoramic views, Bionic Bar, TWO70, Seaplex and Music Hall to a big number of restaurants, retail shops, pools and additional entertainment amenities.

12. Norwegian Bliss

largest cruise ships Norwegian Bliss
Norwegian Bliss

Norwegian bliss is a stunning cruise ship from Norwegian Cruise Line, also known as simply “Norwegian” which is the third largest cruise line in the world.

She is is 1,094 ft (333 m) in length, and she entered service on April 2018. Designed for improved energy efficiency to meet Alaska’s environmental regulations, she offers fun and enjoyable experience.

Norwegian Bliss has 20 decks, double occupancy of 4,004 passengers and is looking quite impressive.

Norwegian Bliss sails the Alaska and Caribbean, and will sail out on New York City for her 2019/2020 winter season, replacing Norwegian Escape, which moves back to Miami. She will sail 7-day cruises to the Bahamas and Florida as well as longer cruises to the Caribbean.

13. Norwegian Joy

largest cruise ships Norwegian Joy
Norwegian Joy

Norwegian Joy is the 13th largest cruise ship in the world, by the company NCL and she entered service in April 2017. It is the sister ship of the Norwegian Escape.

Norwegian Joy has a route from west coast to Alaska, the Mexican Riviera, and Panama Canal from Miami and Los Angeles. She visits Vancouver and British Columbia (Canada), Mexico and many countries in Central America.

Alongside all that you would expect from a world-class cruise ship, of interest are a two level race track and an attractive virtual experience in the Galaxy World.

She has 3,804 guest capacity at double occupancy, 1,821 ship crew and 20 decks.

These 13 of the largest cruise ships in the world are looking remarkable.

There are much more amazing looking cruise ships out there, all offering great trips and fun times for you to enjoy.

And all you need is some free time. Go get it.

Credits:
Usage of pictures under Creative Commons Licence Attribution 2.0 Generic
Oasis of the Seas by  Amanda Baker, cropped
AIDANova by  Wessel Blokzijl, cropped
MSC Bellissima by  Hashar, cropped
Spectrum of the Seas by  Robert Pittman, cropped
Anthem of the Seas by  BAW_Bundesanstalt für Wasserbau, cropped
Norwegian Bliss by  Wessel Blokzijl, cropped
Norwegian Joy by  Spaceaero2, cropped


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