15 World’s Largest Cruise Ships in Service

Cruise ships are often built for leisure, tourism, and those who want to travel for pleasure. Furthermore, cruise ships are big and offer a variety of entertainment options to entice guests. Royal Caribbean International Ltd owns and operates some of the world’s largest cruise ships, including the world’s largest cruise ship, the “Allure of the Seas.” The ships listed below are listed in order of Gross Tonnage; several ships have identical tonnage and are owned by the same company, thus they are tallied and ranked together.

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15. MSC Splendida

Cost to build: $550 million
Gross Tonnage: 137,936
Launched: July 2009
Owner: MSC Cruises

14. Mariner of the Seas

Cost to build: $650 million
Gross Tonnage: 138,279
Launched: November 2003
Owner: Royal Caribbean International

13. Navigator of the Seas

Gross Tonnage: 138,279
Launched: 25 January 2002
Owner: Royal Caribbean International

12. MSC Preziosa

Cost to build: $550 million
Gross Tonnage: 139,400
Launched: 2013
Owner: MSC Cruises

11. MSC Divina

Cost to build: $550 million
Gross Tonnage: 139,400
Launched: May 2012
Owner: MSC Cruises

10. Royal Princess

The Royal class cruise ship is 330 meters long, has a passenger capacity of 3,600, and is registered in Bermuda. It was built by Fincantieri in Italy.
Gross Tonnage: 142,714
Launched: 16 August 2012
Owner: Carnival plc

9. Norwegian Getaway

It can carry 3,950 passengers and a crew of 1,640 persons. Meyer Werft in Papenburg developed it for entertainment reasons, with a 30-foot high video dome, restaurants, hotels, and luxury rooms.
Gross Tonnage: 145,655
Launched: February 2014
Owner: Norwegian Cruise Line

8. Norwegian Breakaway

With a total capacity of 4,500 people, the ship includes 1,600 crew members, 1,024 staterooms, and 238 suites. It is 324 meters long, has 18 decks, and can reach a peak speed of 22 knots.
Gross Tonnage: 146,600
Launched: 30 April 2013
Owner: Norwegian Cruise Line

7. Queen Mary 2

Queen Mary 2 was the world’s largest cruise ship prior to the introduction of the Royal Caribbean International cruise ship in 2006. It cost $900 million to build, is managed by Cunard Line, has a peak speed of 56 km/h (one of the fastest cruise ships), a passenger capacity of 2,600, and 1,253 crew members.
Gross Tonnage: 148,528
Launched: 21 March 2003
Owner: Carnival plc

6. Independence of the Seas

It is a 338-meter-long cruise ship with a capacity of 4,370 passengers and 1,360 crew members, 15 passenger decks, and three crew decks. It costs $828 million and has a peak speed of 43 kilometers per hour.
Gross Tonnage: 154,407
Launched: May 2008
Owner: Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd

5. Liberty of the Seas

The ships were built with the cost of $800 million by Aker Yards in Turku, Finland. The ship is 338.91 meters long, with a top speed of 21.6 knots, a passenger capacity of almost 4,600, and 1,300 crew people to maintain.
Gross Tonnage: 154,407
Launched: May 2007
Owner: Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd

4. Freedom of the Seas

It has 18 decks, including 15 passenger decks, a capacity of 3,634 passengers, and 1,369 crew members. It is 338.94 meters long and 63.70 meters tall, with a length of 338.94 meters and a height of 63.70 meters.
Gross Tonnage: 154,407
Launched: 4 June 2006
Owner: Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd

3. Norwegian Epic

The ship has a top speed of 22 knots, a length of 329.45 meters, 19 decks, 1,708 crew members on board, and a capacity of 4,100 passengers when double occupancy is used.
Gross Tonnage: 155,873
Launched: 10 July 2009
Owner: Norwegian Cruise Line

2. MS Oasis of The Seas

MS Oasis of the Seas, which is owned by the same company  Royal Caribbean Cruises, and has a similar layout and design to the Allure of the Seas, costs 1.4 billion dollars and has a total length of 361 meters and a height of 72 meters. It can transport up to 6,000 passengers at a time.
Gross Tonnage: 225,282
Launched: 21 November 2008
Owner: Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd

1. Allure of The Seas

The Allure of the Seas, owned by Royal Caribbean International, is the world’s largest cruise ship currently in operation (Cruise line Brand). It has a top speed of 22.6 knots (41.9 km/h), a crew of 2,384 as of 2012, a maximum capacity of 6,296 people, and a construction cost of about 1.2 billion in 2006 currency.
Gross Tonnage: 225,282
Launched: 20 November 2009
Owner: Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd