Largest cruise ships afloat

width="200"Our cruising experts have listed the 30 largest cruise ships to show that when it comes to size, in cruising terms, bigger is not so much better but it does enable more stuff to do on these mega structures of the sea. The following list details ships in decreasing order of size, it looks at maximum occupancy and also highlights each ship’s own special offering.

1. Allure of The Seas, built by Royal Caribbean International in the world in 2010 measures 225, 282 GT and carries 5, 412 passengers at double occupancy. Less than two inches longer than sister ship Oasis of the Seas, Allure of the Seas is the largest ship in the world. In summer 2015, Allure of the Sea will sail European waters, departing on a round trip from either Barcelona or Civitavecchia near Rome. With a crew of 2, 384 to serve guests, this is European cruising on the biggest of scales.

2. Oasis of The Seas, built by Royal Caribbean International in 2009, measures 225, 282 GT and carries 5, 412 passengers at double occupancy. The size of the Oasis enables its innovative design with seven distinct neighbourhoods built to provide a broad range of tailored entertainment.

3. Quantum of the Seas, built by Royal Caribbean International in 2014, measures 168, 666 GT and carries 4, 180 passengers at double occupancy. Newly built the Quantum of the Seas has brand new designed staterooms, the latest in technology, and the most flexible dining ever. Quantum gives you more distinct dining options plus total flexibility to create your own culinary experience at sea. There are no set dining times, no assigned seats, no required formal nights.

4. Norwegian Epic, built by Norwegian Cruise Line in 2010, measures 155, 873 GT and carries 4, 100 passengers at double occupancy. Norwegian Epic specialises in Mediterranean and Caribbean cruises and strongly promotes its cruise line entertainment. The world-class performers plus the new wave accommodation of studios designed for the solo traveller and exclusive private havens are key offerings from Norwegian Epic.

width="200"5. Freedom of the Seas, built by Royal Caribbean International in 2006, measures 154, 407 GT and carries 3, 634 passengers at double occupancy. You can catch a first-run movie in the 3D theatre or poolside under the stars on the outdoor movie screen. On offer on board is the BRITTO Gallery where you can take in an extensive array of artworks or indulge in the frosted confections of the Cupcake Cupboard. The wining and dining options are extensive in conjunction with the adventure which includes the Flowrider–surf simulator, rock climbing wall, ice skating rink, cantilevered whirlpools, mini golf-course, H2O Zone water-park and much more.

6. Liberty of the Seas, built by Royal Caribbean International in 2007, measures 154, 407 GT and carries 3, 634 passengers at double occupancy. Liberty of the Seas has a huge range of options in the areas of fitness, recreation and entertainment. In conjunction with the size of the ship and the number of options onboard, it is easy to forget that you are actually on a massive floating object, slipping through the Caribbean Sea. 7. Independence of the Seas, built by Royal Caribbean International in 2008, measures 154, 407 GT and carries 3, 634 passengers at double occupancy. In addition to the FlowRider surf simulator, a rock climbing wall, ice-skating rink, cantilevered whirlpools, Royal Promenade, mini golf course, the Independence of the Seas offers over 100 spa treatments to ensure your cruise has the right amount of pampering. 8. Queen Mary 2, built by Cunard Line in 2004, measures 148, 528 GT and carries 2, 592 passengers at double occupancy. To give a sense of proportion, the Queen Mary 2 is longer than three football fields, and one of the longest passenger ships afloat. The ship has the highest passenger to space ratio in the industry, and part of the appeal is its nooks and crannies where you can simply read, snooze or contemplate the horizon.

width="200"9. Norwegian Breakaway, built by Norwegian Cruise Line in 2013, measures 146, 600 GT and carries 3, 988 passengers at double occupancy. The Norwegian Breakaway offers a huge array of impressive bars and nightclubs all whilst cruising the Bahamas.

10. Norwegian Getaway, built by Norwegian Cruise Line in 2014, measures 145, 655 GT and carries 3, 910 passengers at double occupancy. With 28 dining options, five water slides, and three levels of action-packed activities in the sports complex, Norwegian Getaway keeps the entertainment coming on its year-round cruises from Miami.

11. Royal Princess, built by Princess Cruises in 2013, measures 142, 714 GT and carries 3, 560 passengers at double occupancy. The Royal Princess provides a more traditional style of cruising with some new inclusions like the SeaWalk, a walkway that hangs off one side of the ship 16 decks up and offers vertigo-inducing views through strengthened glass. On the pool deck, there is a fountain situated between the main pool and the upgraded Movies Under the Stars screen which does a Vegas-like water and light show at night.

12. Regal Princess, built by Princess Cruises in 2014, measures 142, 229 GT and carries 3, 560 passengers at double occupancy. The new Regal Princess, sister ship to Royal Princess, is part of the next generation of Princess ships which feature a huge central Atrium & Piazza area and the Seawalk. There’s also private grown-up relaxation areas, a sports complex and a huge range of pools and spas.

13. Navigator of the Seas, built by Royal Caribbean International in 2002, measures 139, 570 GT and carries 3, 276 passengers at double occupancy. The fourth ship in Royal Caribbean’s Voyager Class underwent a huge refurbishment in January 2014. The “revitalization” of Navigator of the Seas added cabins, specialty restaurants and the FlowRider surf simulator.

Navigator is the first Royal Caribbean ship to offer the “Virtual Balcony.” Now many of the ship’s existing standard interior cabins now have floor-to-ceiling HD screens that allow passengers to get a view of the ocean without paying the premium for balcony rooms. The high-tech system also brings in the sounds of the ocean waves to provide some white noise to block out less desirable ship sounds.

14. MSC Divina, built by MSC Cruises in 2012, measures 139, 400 GT and carries 3, 478 passengers at double occupancy. Inspired by screen legend and Godmother, Sophia Loren, MSC Divina is the perfect ship where peace and privacy abound. Cruisers can soak up the sun in style in the adults-only sanctuary of serenity. For groups of friends, couples looking for a romantic hideaway or parents looking for some quiet time, Top 18 is the perfect place to relax, unwind and watch the waves go by.

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