Largest cruise ship in the world 2014
For people who want a total resort experience, the world's largest cruise ships are a slam-dunk. In building these super megaships, the cruise lines took to heart the saying, "Go big or go home." These ships are as big as small towns — but with more restaurants and exciting things to do.
The list will change in November, when Royal Caribbean's Quantum of the Seas, at 167, 800 GRTs, and carrying 4, 180 passengers, knocks Norwegian Epic out of the No. 3 spot.
But until then, here are the world's 10 largest cruise ships.
225, 282 GRTs, 5, 400 passengers
Less than two inches longer than sister ship Oasis of the Seas, the largest ship in the world debuted the first Starbucks at sea. Like its sister ship, Oasis of the Seas, Allure is so large it has seven distinct neighborhoods, including a Boardwalk area with carousel and high diving show and a foliage-filled Central Park. Passengers can even go to the theater to see a production of the Broadway classic "Chicago." Kids will love that DreamWorks characters, including Shrek, make appearances onboard including in parades in the massive interior promenade.
Never before had the cruise industry seen a ship this large — or arguably as innovative. The ship set a record for carrying more than 6, 000 passengers (6, 296 to be exact when every berth is full). The ship is so large port facilities had to be expanded to handle the capacity. Oasis brought to cruising distinct neighborhoods with their own restaurants, shopping, entertainment and activities — assuring passengers are well dispersed. A zipline, sloped entry beach pool and loft suites are among other innovations guests will appreciate.
155, 873 GRTs, 4, 100 passengers
Norwegian Cruise Line set out to shakes things up when they built this ship, shucking cruise traditions and taking a page from Vegas. There's no main dining room on Norwegian Epic — instead, passengers can choose from some 20 dining venues, plus a big array of bars, including the first Ice Bar at sea. The hilarious Blue Man Group performs in a specially built theater and a circus/dinner show takes place in a Spiegel Tent. Activities include a massive Aqua Park, bowling and a huge spa. Epic also debuted The Studios, a special complex with shared lounge for solo travelers.
4, 5 and 6. Freedom of the Seas (2006), Liberty of the Seas (2007), Independence of the Seas (2008)
154, 407 GRTs, 3, 634 passengers
When Freedom of the Seas debuted as the largest ship in the world in 2006, Royal Caribbean had already introduced the cruise industry's first interior promenades, rock-climbing walls, ice skating rinks and inline skating tracks — and brought Johnny Rockets to sea. Freedom added even more innovative features to this impressive list, including a surf park, H20 children's waterpark and the adults-only Solarium pool. New on Freedom-class too were Ben & Jerry's ice cream shops, regulation-sized boxing rings and whirlpools that cantilever off the ship.
151, 400 GRTs, 2, 620 passengers
Celebrating its 10th anniversary this year, the Queen Mary 2 debuted as the world's largest cruise ship back in 2004, and remains the fastest passenger ship in the world. Speed counts when your main route is crossing the Atlantic — which the ship has now done more than 650 times. Impressive, besides the fact the Queen of England is the ship's godmother, are features including a Canyon Ranch SpaClub with aqua therapy pool, a real ballroom, a huge library and the world's only shipboard planetarium.
146, 600 GRTs, 4, 028 passengers
Themed on Miami, the Norwegian Getaway has all the attributes of sister ship Norwegian Breakaway, including The Waterfront promenade, an Aqua Park waterpark with five waterslides and the largest ropes course at sea. The most impressive new feature is the "Illusionarium, " an innovative video-domed space where master magicians perform a dinner show. The ship has a Latin beat, which guests will see showcased in mojitos, music and some of the choices among the 27 dining options. Norwegian's Nickelodeon TV connection is pumped up on this ship, with SpongeBob and his cronies featured in kids' facilities. Shows include Broadway's "Legally Blonde: The Musical."
144, 000 GRTs, 4, 000 passengers
Norwegian Breakaway is heavily themed on its homeport of New York — it even has real New York hot dog carts and The Rockettes as godmothers. The biggest "wow" is the extra-wide promenade, The Waterfront, which is lined with restaurants, bars and shops — affording passengers opportunity to eat, dine and stroll outdoors. New York restaurateur and "Chopped" judge Geoffrey Zakarian has eateries onboard — among the ship's more than two dozen dining venues — and passengers can munch on treats from Carlo's Bakery, as featured on the TV show "Cake Boss." Entertainment includes the raucous, Tony-nominated "Rock of Ages."
141, 000 GRTs, 3, 560 passengers
Princess Cruises' Royal Princess debuted such "wow" features as an enclosed top deck SeaWalk walkway and bar with glass floor (so you see nothing but the sea below) and a Chef's Table, where diners are surrounded by a circle of light. But the most stunning feature is the huge atrium. Expanded 50% from other Princess ships, The Piazza is a lively social hub for drinking, snacking, entertainment and especially people-watching. Royal also has a TV studio, sizeable indoor/outdoor spaces for kids and teens and a lovely, expanded adults-only pool and sunning area. Sister ship Regal Princess arrives in May.
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